I'm working on a coffee table and need some ideas. The table is 18H x 21 x 52. It is being made out of maple which I am planning to stain/dye a light cherry.
I did my dry fit and SWMBO said "It needs something". The table is very plain with no drawers or lower shelf. It looks something like this:
except it has tapered legs.
The top has been rounded over top 3/8 and bottom 1/4, the apron is 3 3/8 and set back from the outside edge of the legs about 1/8.
I'm thinking of maybe a bead routed along the bottom of the apron or a thin piece tacked to the bottom of the apron with a 1/8 bullnose.
She also suggested a 'V' cut into the top around the perimeter like they do on the furniture in the stores to hide the sloppy joints. I would dread cutting into the top, one slip and back for more lumber.
Any suggestion/ideas would be appreciated.
Too much is not enough!
Here's a couple more ideas:
-Do a simple inlay strip of about an 1/8" around all 4 sides of the
table top. Say about 1" - 3" in from the edge (whatever looks good to
you). Do it in a nice contrasting wood.
-Add some mock through tenon pieces on the legs opposite the aprons.
I would suggest not staining or dyeing it. You've made a table out of
maple; don't try to make it something it's not. If you want a cherry
table, make it out of cherry. I don't understand people trying to pass
off one wood, especially as one as noble as maple, as another.
My $0.02 worth,
x 21 x 52. It is being made out of maple which I am planning to
stain/dye a light cherry.
I need to do something to even out the color. I matched the boards as best
I could but there are still some variations. Will maple turn orange like
pine does when poly is applied? I have plenty of scrap to experiment
Too much is not enough!
Variations in wood can be a negative or a positive. Try approaching it
from another point of view. The wood doesn't turn orange, the finish
does. Oil based poly has a yellow colour to it and will darken over
time. Water based poly is clear and stays clear. My personal opinion
would be don't use oil based. IMO, it does not improve the look of
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