At first, I thought the design of the new table was obvious; some variation on the ubiquitous “mission coffee table“. I'd imagined one of those in my living room for quite some time. But with the sofa and love seat in place, that design bothered me. It seemed clear that putting another rectilinear piece with square side spindles next to the sofa and love seat was style overkill. That form is what makes the sofa and love seat so strong, and piling it on with another piece in front of them would diminish it. So I was stumped.
At first, I tried to design a very mission style base, with square ends and long stretcher and through tenons. But the form didn't flow, and I was trying to design the base before seeing selecting the top slab I was going to use. So I stopped designing and went out to get the actual slab.
I decided to do some research on how I was going to approach this project. I wanted to look what local sources were available in my area for wood slabs, once I was done I no longer wanted to have a basic rectangular shape table. There were so many different types of slabs to choose from it made the creative juices flow.
Here are some ideas over at DC Woodworks on coffee table design
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