EP. 50 diy Mid-century modern slatted coffee table


Today on Modern Builds, I'll be making a Mid-Century inspired slatted coffee table from solid walnut and maple dowels. This design could easily be made using 2x4 pine as well.

 

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES:

2 - 8' 2x6" Black Walnut 

2 - 1.25" Maple Dowels

1.25" Forstner Bit: http://amzn.to/2fRbVME

Tapering Jig: https://goo.gl/fV3JQb

Doweling Jig: https://goo.gl/xgrQyE

Natural Danish Oil: http://amzn.to/2g14UsO

Wood Glue: http://amzn.to/2g15HKD



STEP ONE: CUT THE WALNUT

I started by planing my 2" walnut boards flat, and then cut them to 3" pieces.

STEP TWO: CUT TO LENGTH

Next, I cut my 3" pieces to length. Sizes are in the info at the beginning of the article. Using a stop block to make sure everything is the same size is a good idea.

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STEP THREE: CUT CORNERS

I cut a 45 degree angle to the corners of each slat 2" in from the outside corner.

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STEP FOUR: DRILL HOLES

I drilled holes through each slat and spacer to accept the maple dowel. I set up a quick top block and fence to make each cut repeatable.

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STEP FIVE: SAND, SAND, SAND

Now that everything was cut, I sanded everything before I assembled the table top.

 

STEP SIX: GLUE IT UP

Before I glued up the table top, I did a dry fit to make sure everything would work. While it was clamped up, I made marks to make sure I'd line everything up right when I glued it back up.

STEP SEVEN: CUT THE DOWELS FLUSH

I used a cheap Japanese pull slaw to cut the maple dowels flush.

STEP EIGHT: SQUARE EVERYTHING UP

I used a belt sander and a striaght edge to flatten the top and the corners. Then I used a circular saw to square up the two sides.

STEP NINE: CUT THE TAPERS

I used the tapering jig from Rockler to cut the tapers on the table saw. This jig makes it really easy to make repeatable tapers.

STEP TEN: DANISH OIL

Next, I just added a couple of coats of natural danish oil.

STEP ELEVEN: INSTALL THE LEGS

Let's rewind to before I glued up the top. I added holes to the spacers and legs to attach each other.


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That's all there is to it! I hope you enjoyed it and go out and make your own. If you do, don't forget to tag me in a picture of it!

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