Ambrosia Maple Box Frame Coffee Table with Lift Top

Submitted by Kimiark on Mon, 04/19/2021 - 14:41

Wow, building this table was more than I bargained for, but all the difficulties were my own fault. For starters, although the wood is beautiful (wormy ambrosia maple) the piece I chose to work with had a large knot hole that needed filling with an epoxy pour. It looks pretty good if I do say so myself (it's probably hard to see in this photo). Second, I didn't count on the hinges being so long and my wood came up about 3/4 inch too short for them. Had to scour the internet for some that were not so long. They ended up being a bit of trouble to install, but all's well. I used my router to cut a cove for finger grips which did make it easier to lift the top. I also made the top sides bigger that the original 2 x 2 (2 x 5 maybe) for weight and stability. I had extra wood so I added a bottom shelf as well. The finish is several coats of Varathane semi gloss polyurethane. I really like how it turned out!

Estimated Cost
$200
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Wormy ambrosia maple and pine base
Finish Used
varathane semi gloss polyurethane
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate

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