Coffee table for my nephew

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The immediate challenge is to create the curved ends. The plan is to make dovetailed corners, round them on the outside and add a filler/filet to the inside corner, which will be hollowed to complimen

This was the model for the coffee table my nephew chose when I offered to build them a wedding present ... Let's see how we did .... Before the coffee table was assembled from the parts

I have begun the build, but was planning on a little more work before posting, since is just prep at this stage.  This is the design chosen by my nephew .. There shall be a few interesting challenges

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That would be a challenge. Correct me but that looks like what they called Danish Modern back in the 50s. My complements on the series of photos. The wood and grain are outstanding and good job on the match. Not familiar with Jarrah but looks like a good wood. BTW, nice shop. Wish I had that much room.

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Derek, those rounded corners interest me. Do I understand correctly, that you will dovetail in a short section, 45 degrees to the top and sides? I assume then, that you must carve away some material to produce a round corner. How much thicker does the short corner section need to be, relative to the top and sides?

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Thank you in advance Derek. Always a pleasure to watch a project unfold. And my guess is with exotic skills. Certainly a very special and well equipped shop. I have not heard of Jarrah but it looks beautiful. Where does it grow naturally? 

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Thanks for the information on Jarrah wood. As for the lathe, good turning! Will you be turning Jarrah wood? My grandson made pens for his parents' birthdays last year. He picked arbor vita for his dad's pen. Drilled like tool steel! Turned out nice, though.

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Coop, no one sells this guide. I think that you are pulling my leg :)

Cut accurate - precise - 45 degree mitres at the ends of a piece of scrap. Glue a fence to one side. The fence ensures that the mitres remain square at all times. The double end means that the guide can be reversed.

Regards from Perth


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