I’ve started a new project — a small standing cabinet ala Jim Krenov — that I was going to begin talking about, but instead, I’ll show this Teak coffee table that I did several years ago (15? 17?).I built this table long before the Makoré table shown in the previous post. But that table’s design was born of this one.
I was at my customer’s home measuring for a drawer the other day when I decided to take some pictures of it. I hadn’t taken pictures at the time I built the table for some reason (pre digital era). Photoshop helps a lot because it allows me to get at least one presentable picture.
This table is pretty solid: A two inch thick Teak top and built-up solid legs about four+ inches square at the bottom. The shelf is Teak veneer on marine grade Plywood.
The rails/stretchers are mortised into the legs and pass through the sides of the shelf. These sides are screwed to the table top and provide the primary support of the top.
My intent was to give the illusion that the table top floats: looking like it’s not connected to either the legs or the rails. And in reality, it’s not connected to the legs and there is about 12″ of overhang on each side of the top.
This much unsupported wood gave me pause, so I added a little support piece notched into each leg. Hopefully, if someone is not thinking and sits on the table, it won’t collapse.