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The Artisan Coffee Table Pt. 2 – Ideas and Concepts

The Artisan Coffee Table Pt. 2 – Ideas and Concepts

I took the design I sketched to my wife for her approval. She okayed it but didn’t seem too enthused, so I took my time looking up various other designs. The mid-century modern coffee table designs seemed to fall in one of two camps, either a table with skewed and tapered legs and thin top, or a box shaped carcase on smaller legs. The wife seemed a lot more enthusiastic about the latter, so the overall design theme for the Artisan coffee table was settled.

When designing a piece of furniture, the overall design of the piece needs to be based on it’s setting. In this case, the coffee table would be seen and used mostly against our living room couch, so I set the basic dimensions based on the couch. When sketching my piece I like to sketch the key aspects of the environment to scale to be able to visualise roughly how it’ll look.

Mid-century modern coffee table, couch

Sketching the key furniture that the table will be viewed against – the couch

Most mid-century modern coffee tables I came across on the internet with box-shaped carcases looked rather disproportional to me – they either had legs that were too long, or stretchers that were too long or short, ruining the visual relationship between the top and the base. I decided to go with the golden ratio to establish the dimensions between the top and the base, both for the length and the depth. The other key aspect to this sort of a design is the angle of skew and taper on the legs. I tried out a few different angles before settling on my final design.

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Walnut lumber for the Artisan coffee table – and my cat

I left off last post at the lumber purchasing stage – it just so happened that I came across someone selling a pretty large amount of lumber on Kijiji (a Canadian craigslist of sorts), and the bulk of the wood was walnut. I picked out a few pieces based on grain and colour similarities and stickered them to allow the wood to acclimatise to my home. I’ve overlooked this step in the past and kicked myself for it later on. With the wood left to sticker, it gave me some more time to settle the finer details of the design.

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The Artisan Coffee Table Pt. 1 – Ideas and Concepts

The Artisan Coffee Table Pt. 1 – Ideas and Concepts

I always have a running list of honey-do projects that I don’t seem to be able to get ahead of. It’s gotten to the point where my wife no longer asks me if I can build something – the other day she was about to pull the trigger on a dresser from IKEA. Surprisingly, this actually gave me a twinge of sadness…on the one hand I dislike the mass produced, assemble at home furniture, and pride my own ability to build things that are custom and will last for a lifetime; on the other hand, a piece of furniture in hand is better than two pieces of furniture in the bush. Or something like that. Anyways, it spurred me into action, so here we are. The most urgent of this list was a new coffee table – I shall call it the Artisan Coffee Table.

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Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table Design V1

My wife loves all things mid-century modern, and all things walnut, so all I had to go on for the design was that she wanted a mid-century modern coffee table in walnut. I did pick out a couple of beautiful cherry boards that we could go with instead, but we settled on walnut. With that settled I started researching mid-century modern coffee table designs, and sketching my ideas. I’m more of a pen and paper kind of person (also more of a printed book person vs e-books), so I do all my rough and detailed sketches on paper. I settled on a clean and slim design, with tapered and splayed legs, and a long top with beveled edges. When I do my final sketches I like to calculate out all the angles on the final piece, but also the angles at which I’ll need to cut my stock (bless up for 5th grade geometry).

I had to pick up stock before I could proceed any further, so this feels like a good place to break. Till next time!

 

 

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