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Coffee table

comments (4) November 26th, 2012 in Reader's Gallery

MikeLonchambon MikeLonchambon, member
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I designed this table for a client. I was free to choose the materials, but I was given specific measurements. The base is made of Maple. The legs are tapered and the frame members are all tapered to match the legs. Everything is mortise and tenon.  All angled joints made for an iteresting glue up. The tenons are pinned with walnut dowels at the legs. The center "medallion" of Zebrawood interrupts the skirt in the middle and references the top. This piece is also mortise and tenon. The legs are capped with Walnut feet, which were fastened with a central dowel before the legs were tapered. The top is made from Zebrawood and Peruvian Walnut and is chamfered all around. I finished it with General Finishes semi-gloss. I generally use satin on the final coats, but this looked too nice to knock down to satin. The piece is 51 inches long, 22 inches wide, and 16 inches tall. It took 8 weeks from beginning the design until delivery. I have a full time job, so I could only work on it a couple hours at a time. 


Design or Plan used: My own design

posted in: Reader's Gallery, walnut, maple, zebrawood, coffee table


Comments (4)

MikeLonchambon MikeLonchambon writes: Oh yeah. The under bevel was done to soften the top a bit, but also to reveal both the Zebra and the Walnut on the long edges. The thin Zebrawood strips were a late add. It's much harder than the Walnut, and it will stand up better to bumps and knocks.

I really like the combination of Peruvian Walnut and Zebrawood. The colors blend absolutely perfectly.
Posted: 12:22 pm on November 27th

MikeLonchambon MikeLonchambon writes: Thanks. This is actually the first thing I've made in nearly 3 years. I was without a shop for some time.

No. I used the wipe-on poly/oil blend the old fashioned way.

I rubbed it down with 0000 steel wool between coats. I put around 6 coats on the top and 4 on the base. I enjoy this process. It's a "cool down" from designing and building. While I'm finishing, I think about designs for my next project.


Posted: 12:18 pm on November 27th

AJV AJV writes: Nicely Done. I really like the under bevel on the table top. Did you spray the Genearal Finish?
Posted: 12:03 pm on November 27th

himemac himemac writes: Amazing work. I love it!
Posted: 8:24 am on November 27th

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