Curious about just what it takes to build a coffee table out of recycled fence boards?
The Anatomy of a Coffee Table
It all started with a neighor's fence. He was replacing it because at 50 years old, it was falling apart.
First, (after pulling a gazillion nails) all of the boards went through a planer. Then the best ones were selected,
cut to width, and then into the angled pieces shown clamped together above. Each piece had a groove cut into each
side for the spline that would secure the pieces together into one solid table-top. That process is shown above.
After an overnight dry, the two side assemblies were carefully trimed to width on a table saw.
At left are the two sides glued and clamped together. Each side has a groove, again for a spline that runs
the length of the table, securing the two sides firmly together. The splines are visible in the the photos.
Glue-and-spline joints like these are among the strongest possible connections in woodworking.
At right, the assembled top has been secured to the support framework that stiffens the top.
After the glue dried, the assembled top was once again trued to square on all sides.
Here, the notches have been cut for the tops of the table's legs to come through. All work is signed
and no two pieces are ever the same, assuring every customer a one-of-a-kind original.
The start of the frame. The frame (legs and supporting cross-pieces) are all constructed of square
steel tubing. The tops of the legs are capped and the bottoms get wooden plugs with
felt pads for floor protection. The frame is ground to an attractive texture
and finished with a high-quality automotive clear-coat.
The finished product! The table is finished with four coats of satin marine
spar varnish. This is a super-durable finish that withstands many years
of use and abuse. No need for coasters on this table.
An no worries if anyone should decide to sit on it!
The designer and maker's goal with these pieces is to offer furniture that is
cutting-edge in retro-repurposed-chic design, but designed and built
with craftsmanship and integrity. The fit and finish is like that
of fine furniture, yet the casual ambiance remains intact.
My shop and studio are located in Forestville, California, about an hour's drive
north of San Francisco. Feel free to contact me any time during working
hours by phone or email. We can deliver large pieces.