Kevin Rodel’s Tricks For a Limbert Inspired Coffee Table
Grids and cutouts define a practical piece
Synopsis: This coffee table was inspired by The Charles P. Limbert Co.’s Table 153, designed when the coffee table as a furniture form didn’t yet exist. Kevin Rodel took that classic table and reconfigured it for today’s home. The signature crisp-cornered square cutouts and gridwork for the end panels and shelf may look complicated, but Rodel’s tricks for assembly make it easy to get a perfect grain match without much fuss. Shaped corbels add another signature detail to the table.
The Charles P. Limbert Furniture Co. of Holland, Mich., a standout during the heyday of the Arts and Crafts movement at the start of the 20th century, may be long gone, but its designs have endured. So when a client requested an Arts and Crafts style coffee table several years ago, I knew just where to turn: Limbert’s Table 153, with its striking pattern of cutouts. When…
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