Tom’s Modern Coffee Table

Viewer Project - By Tom from London, Ontario, Canada
Added on November 30, 2007

My name is Tom and I am from London Ontario area (that’s Canada) and I’ve been woodworking and apprenticing for about 6 years making furniture and built-in cabinetry.

This is a coffee table I built recently. I wanted to try something with a floating top, and contrasting woods. I think the floating top lets you show off some joinery underneath it, I used sliding dovetails for the legs and some dovetails on the stretcher supports. The top is made of some birdseye hard maple and the base and legs are walnut.

I finished it using a blend of linseed oil, turpentine and varnish. It was my first time trying that mix, and found that it took a long time to get any film build at all (about 5 or 6 coats on top). I’ll maybe try a different ratio to get more solids into the finish next time. Hope you like it.

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