Finished Coffee Table

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Project by Ben posted 10-19-2010 05:43 AM 1526 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Officially the first piece of furniture I’ve ever made. Inspired by a few photos online of antique “Empire style” library tables. I saw one converted to a coffee table and somehow quite liked it.

Started by building the apron. Used whacky wood around an MDF form I made. Then veneered the outside using heatlock and the iron-on method.
Everything else is solid Sapele. Top is a 3-piece glue-up, bottom is one piece.

Feet cut on band saw. Columns hand turned on my lathe and installed with integral wedged tenons top and bottom.

I think I used just about every single tool I own to make this little sucker (not the nail gun, of course).

Currently has only one coat of Tung oil on it. Might do another or two depending on how it absorbs, and probably some poly on the top.

Thanks for looking. And thanks for the help way back when I first posted about all the apron questions.

6 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 05:51 AM

Great table. Definitely good job from a picture.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 10:03 AM

Great piece of furniture, awesome finish!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 11:31 AM

I think that you have done a really nice job on this table, especially considering that it is your first piece of furniture. Keep up the good work. You’re well on your way.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 01:52 PM

Beautiful table, nice finish and build.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 10-19-2010 08:11 PM

Hey Beevis,

It turned out great! Very nice job on the apron. Now you’re a bending ply expert.

What’s your next project? A bombay chest?

A really great job!!

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#6 posted 10-19-2010 08:17 PM

A super job top to bottom ,speaking of the bottom I see you put finish on it too. That’s the way to do it,
lots of folks don’t bother but that makes it so one side of the wood can take on more moisture than the other causing cupping and or twisting and more.
Great first project.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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