I had to keep this project under wraps because it was a secret Christmas present for my girlfriend Christine but I can finally let it out now! I wanted to build something cool, something swoopy but simple, iconic and striking. I stumbled across this Adrian Pearsall design that said all these things to me and more. I knew I had to try and build it myself!
Of course like any project, it needs a plan and a strategy. Mine was to make a drawing, use the drawing to create a template, use the template to rough cut the walnut boards.
The formula looks very similar from here to the legs on my desk. Use the templates to trace the outlines and rough cut the walnut boards on the band saw. Then template rout the final shapes and join the pieces together. Finally, round over the edges on the router!
I used the same wipe-on poly-urethane finish that I used on my desk top (probably cover that on my next desk update). We also used the new “Catalini” brand for the very first time! Overall I love the finish and the brand looks awesome. Definitely something I am proud to label with my last name.
I could not be more happy with how this came out! It was definitively worth side tracking the desk project to bring this coffee table into being. Even more satisfying is giving it to a loved one who will cherish the piece for many, many years. It was a very merry Christmas morning debuting my first finished project. Thanks for taking the time to share the journey with me from the drawing board to the living room!