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    My latest Craftsman build

    I just finished this coffee table as a Christmas gift, and wanted to share.
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    Nice, well executed example for the form.

    Can you discuss what you did on the miter joints on the top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    Nice, well executed example for the form.

    Can you discuss what you did on the miter joints on the top?
    The joints on the top are a mitered half lap. I didn't like the fit, so I cut a groove with my router plane and inserted a piece of oak from a different board to give a small contrast.

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    Thanks, the pegs had me wondering if you had put in some sort of spline but I couldn't see any evidence of it on the edge so was curious

    FYI I think it looks great as it is, but I might have considered using the same wood as the pegs for the insert to make it look more intentional (not saying it would have looked better, just different).

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    That looks great. What material was used for the top. Is it glass?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    Thanks, the pegs had me wondering if you had put in some sort of spline but I couldn't see any evidence of it on the edge so was curious

    FYI I think it looks great as it is, but I might have considered using the same wood as the pegs for the insert to make it look more intentional (not saying it would have looked better, just different).
    What you see is the end grain of oak dowels. End grain darkens much more with water based dye. The dowels were inserted in holes drilled slightly off from 90 degrees to key the joint. I can't bring myself to rely only on glue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad Madha View Post
    That looks great. What material was used for the top. Is it glass?
    The top is 1/4" plate glass with privacy film applied to the bottom. The film can be removed if a clear top is desired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Ulrich View Post
    What you see is the end grain of oak dowels. End grain darkens much more with water based dye. The dowels were inserted in holes drilled slightly off from 90 degrees to key the joint. I can't bring myself to rely only on glue.
    Ah, thanks for details . They looked darker than I'd have expected in the pics but its always hard for me to tell for sure in those cases . Like I said I like it either way, nice build.

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    Nicely done, Dennis. Thanks for posting the photos.
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    Very nice design Dennis. It looks great
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