Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Coffee table top

  1. #1

    Coffee table top

    I'm building a coffee table and the top will be made of cherry with a maple border. I'm wondering if I should mitre the maple border or use square cuts and butt them up.

    Option A or Option B in the attached picture is the question? What do you guys think?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails coffeetabletop.jpg  

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Posts
    8,529
    I'd go with Mitering the corner but it realy can be hard to get the miter tight. Don't use a CMS, I'd cut the miters on your TS
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Constantine, MI
    Posts
    7,891
    I like the look of the miters, but, assuming your top is about 18" wide, that's a lot of potential movement in the cherry. It will open up your miters and leave some ugly gaps. Of course the same thing will happen with the butt joints. How about maple breadboard ends on the cherry top? (Unless you're using cherry plywood)
    Host of the 2017 Family Woodworking Gathering - Sunken Wood

    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk
    www.wrworkshop.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    falcon heights, minnesota
    Posts
    5,610
    that sounds like a very good idea rennie, cherry top, maple breadboard ends with cherry plugs to tie it all together.
    benedictione omnes bene

    www.burroviejowoodworking.com

    check out my etsy store, buroviejowoodworking

  5. #5
    hey guys, i'm not familiar with the concept of breadbowl ends? can you explain how this works and how it provides benefits in terms of movement?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Thomasville, GA
    Posts
    5,998
    One option for the field of the top would be to resaw the cherry into veneers and glue it onto a stable substrate like MDF. I've done this on some pieces so I don't have to worry about wood movement. An advantage of this approach is being able to book-match the cherry.

    Either type of frame you show should work with this method of making the field.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
    My Weather Underground station

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    falcon heights, minnesota
    Posts
    5,610
    one other thing you could go with. when you glue up the top, have the outside boards be maple, go with the breadboard ends, and it will still look like you have the top framed in maple.
    benedictione omnes bene

    www.burroviejowoodworking.com

    check out my etsy store, buroviejowoodworking

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Dawson Mossman View Post
    hey guys, i'm not familiar with the concept of breadbowl ends? can you explain how this works and how it provides benefits in terms of movement?
    Breadboard ends is simply a name given because it was commonly used with wide boards used to roll out dough for making bread...

    Because of the massive movement (expansion/contraction) in wide pieces compared to the minimal movement along the length of the end caps, the wide boards had to be allowed to slip along a groove in the end caps, usually a tongue and groove styled joint with it loosely pegged on the ends and tightly pegged in the center. the core could widen and shrink at it's will while the end caps remained centered.

    the purpose of the end caps was/is to keep the wide field board(s) from warping during this expansion/contraction efforts. Remember, breadboards had no finish so they were acceptible to constant changes in weather.

    Do a little research asking for breadboard joints and perhaps you can find a less confusing explaination. Personally, I like either Dan's banding idea or the use of Cherry Ply for the field.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,020
    Dawson, here's a writeup on breadboard ends that should help explain the idea and the technique:

    http://www.beautifulwood.net/html/breadboard_ends.html
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

Similar Threads

  1. Coffee table
    By Dave Black in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 12-30-2011, 04:26 AM
  2. Coffee Table
    By Dawson Mossman in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 09-29-2009, 03:36 PM
  3. Coffee table- almost done
    By Bryan Cowing in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 02-13-2008, 10:05 AM
  4. Coffee table
    By Drew Watson in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-03-2007, 01:11 AM
  5. Coffee table
    By Jeff Horton in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-07-2007, 01:19 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •