An Inquiry into Coffee Table

Care and Quality are internal and external aspects of the same thing. A person who sees Quality and feels it as he works is a person who cares. A person who cares about what he sees and does is a person who’s bound to have some characteristic of quality.”

Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

I recently moved into a newly built modern apartment in San Francisco. Since the last 3 years, I have highly customized the living room space for primarily experiencing music and have had only a couch, speakers and mood lighting. I decided to design and build a hardwood coffee table.

No one will likely ever notice many of the details in this coffee table. But these details are where I find a lot of satisfaction and joy. Creations with such details often emerge from a set of values of the creator. To let the object itself reveal those values is the success of the creator. And this is my attempt to do just that.

Table top pattern (edge glued Maple + matte polyurethane coat)

The table top is 1.75 inch edge glued solid Maple hardwood.

box shaped table legs made with solid Maple hardwood

half blind dove tails -  I wanted minimum screws / nails in this table

Brass threaded inserts to be inserted on the bottom side of table top

Installing the threaded inserts on the table top

Legs are screwed on the table top

Installed 3D printed very thin feet.

Table feet lifted from floor by .125 inches, keeping the legs scratch free.

View from the couch

Beauty shot

Coffee table in use! Listening Anjunadeep 09 album.

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