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A tribute to some Mid-Century Furniture Masters
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This is a project that I sourced wood from 2 different locations in Cincinnati, OH. The first was from a local Sawyer here in town that let me pull through his supply of 10/4 and 8/4 walnut. The other was from an importer of exotic hardwoods here in town that hooked me up with a 15' x 13" x 8/4 board of ribbon sapele with a live edge of nicely contrasting sapwood. The dark/light combination of the two species, as well as the dark/light combination within the woods I chose include sapwood/heartwood mixes, along with a chatoyance in the sapele top cause the grain direction to shift as you move from one side of the table to the other. Light shifts to dark and vice-versa.

The table is certainly was influenced by some recent stuff I have been looking at that combines the softer round edges of Sam Maloof's work along with some of the Nakishima influenced lines of the base structure and the natural slab top of course. The natural edge of the top is a gentle trapezoid shape, also mimicked in the large slabs of the base. The combination of hard edges/angles of the base compliment the natural flowing lines of the top.

The table measures 50" long x 22-24" wide x 19" high. The slab and base elements are 1 1/2" + thick. Joinery consists mainly of lap joints (like Lincoln Logs), secured with 1/2" walnut dowels. The finish is 4 coats of Minwax rub-on Poly and buffed with butcher's wax. The project took me approximately 35-40 hours to complete.

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Very nicely done! I love working with walnut. I have never worked with sapele though, but it looks great.

Great job!
 

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This looks great, just wondering if it might have looked better without the 2 horizontal pieces at the bottom. Did you need that for stability? I love the way the top is joined to the 2 legs. The finish is awesome too.
 

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One of the best coffee tables I have seen on LJ.
Sharad
 

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great design, awesome grain, very nice
 

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Beautifully done. Calling on two of my favorite master woodworkers. I love everything about it.
 

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Thanks for the comments. Ellen, I was considering it without the two horizontal elements at the bottom, but without them, the design was a little expected for a table of that style. The extra stability was a plus, as I have two kids at home here (7, 5). In addition, the ends of the horizontal elements feel really good on the foot, almost like a massage. ;)
 

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Very nice coffee table. Keep up the good work.
 

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Beautiful table. That top is especially nice.
 

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That's one really nice table. You've got some beautiful sapele for the top and the sap wood frames it well. I like the base with the "extra" support, it gives it some distinction.
 

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I agree with Dennis…...........the woodgrain its great. Nice.

AKA….......Woodchic
 

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Looks fantastic. Great job.
 
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