Glass top coffee table

My buddy was after a coffee table that was fit with a thick glass top, hairpin legs and some solid metal corners. This design is pretty cool and really strong. Inside of that “U” shaped carcass there is a 18mm hardwood ply as a base. Glued and screwed before planked all over gives a nice and thick design and a cool look to it as well.

Planks are mostly reclaimed pine cut in different sizes and coming together into a blocked design pattern. Metal corners have been welded out of a piece of 90 degree corner, that was some fun and fair amount of grind work to bring to a smooth finish, but they look the part and give a nice accent.

Holes were later drilled on the side of these bad boys to keep them in place on top of the glass top. Nice idea to attach the top without compromising desing. Black paint on them-manufacturer`s.

The glass itself was a challenge to acomplish. I have bought 3 pieces that all delivered with some kind of damage, scratch of bubbles trapped inside of glass. Not really a quality for any project. After all I decided to drive and pick it up myself to make sure no damage was done to it while delivering to my shop.

In  order to transport the glass top to my shop, I have built a box out of an old table top. If you ever do any project with this type of top, make sure the glass is spotless, wipe it with windex before you accept to spot any imperfections before you install. Also, this glass is super tough, but it will shatter if hit with something right on the edge or corner.

The final product was really nice, strong and walnut stain that was target sanded with fine grid exposed some colours of natural wood through. This technique I have been using on most of my projects where colour was applied. This gives a nice touch and makes the piece look a lot more interesting.

Few coats of clear matt varnish were applied as a means of protecting the wood, overall really nice table in my opinion.

Pete