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.
STEP THREE: CUT CORNERS
I cut a 45 degree angle to the corners of each slat 2" in from the outside corner.
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.
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.
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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