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 DESIGNING A WOODEN COFFEE TABLE - Design 2 - Forms & Functions, Top & Base.

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Illustrations of Table Designs.

Below are photographs of some of the tables I have designed and made, to illustrate how one can vary the appearance of a table by the use of different methods of construction, and differences in the dimensions of the elements.

pillar coffee table

Coffee Table Design Method 1

This coffee table is supported by two central posts with top brackets and curved feet at the bottom with a stretcher between. All the joints between the base components are mortise and tenon. The top has semicircular ends.

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modern style solid slab coffee table

Coffee Table Design Method 2

A completely different approach with this solid coffee table which is made from thick slabs of hardwood joined with a series of haunched mortise and tenon joints across the width of the boards.

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framed construction coffee table with floating top

Coffee Table Design Method 3

A framed construction coffee table with the top fixed through blocks of maple which have been wood stained black to match the granite slab which has been inset into the top. The blocks are performing no structural function, but are solely decorative: giving the top the appearance of floating above the base.

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traditionally constructed coffee table with a pot shelf

Coffee Table Design Method 4

A conventional style, traditionally constructed coffee table with mortise and tenon corner joints and a pot shelf underneath.

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overstructured coffee table

Coffee Table Design Method 5

This coffee table has been massively over structured for its intended purpose purely as a design statement and would probably support a car engine, let alone a coffee cup.

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large coffee table structured to support drawers and top

Coffee Table Design Method 6

The sizes of the components in this oak coffee table are more in proportion to its structural needs as, being 120cm by 120cm square, there is a large weight of oak to be supported including the drawers and shelves underneath the table - not to mention the top, which is made from 2" thick oak.

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coffee table with turned central pillar, ogee brackets, and curved feet

Coffee Table Design Method 7

A beech table supported with a central turned pillar. The curved feet are braced by ogee brackets to the pillar.

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