I liked Paul’s bookshelf so much (built it out of cherry) I want to build a coffee table to match it (and later on end tables). Here is what I have so far. The sharp edges will be rounded over like the bookshelf. What do you guys think? Any suggestions? Here are 2 options. My wife wants to close the open areas with doors so I am trying to integrate doors into the design.
Hi Brian, they both look pretty nice to me. But if you want an opinion, for a coffee table, I think an open structure would be better. However, that can depend on what is planned for the open areas. If they will collect junk (like some places in my house) it might be better to enclose them. If they will display something nice or be used to provide easy access to magazines, remotes, etc, then maybe better to keep them open.
If you enclose the outside sections with doors, then think about how close the coffee table might be to a couch. If the doors face the couch, they may not be able to open fully unless the table is pretty far from the couch.
They both look good, you can have both in one. Set the doors as sliders in a slotted track, closed slide toward the end, open slide to center, so they slide behind center panel mount center so it’s on the face of track or use center pin wood hinge so doors fold inward and swing all the way in behind center panel. Both ways could look good
Thanks for replies everyone. I prefer the open one but my wife wants the doors to store clutter away. Good point about the doors opening into the couch, I was debating putting the doors on the opposite side or have doors on both sides. I will look into the sliding doors on a track, that could work too.
I have been making progress on the coffee table. Here is a pic so far. Still have to finish the top and drawers. I was able to talk my wife out of the doors. I can always add them later if it becomes an issue but I really like the open areas.
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Great work! Really, really nice.
Then – IMO – your project well shows that Paul’s projects/techniques are cleverly “modular”. You can use some parts as components for other projects, you can mix/extend solutions and get your own, personal result.
Thank you for posting.
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