Coffee at 10 degrees

A friend approached me a while back about making her a coffee table. Then I had two children… my son and a Bike Shelf. So, luckily she was patient and after a bit of a wait, I finally got her the table she had been waiting for.

I wanted to make something clean and simple to fit both our aesthetics, but also make it a little off. So, I decided to glue up some boards at 10º and make a table out of it.


She didn’t give me much direction, all she asked for was a walnut table with some drawers. So, that’s what I gave her.

Each drawer opens from both sides and doesn’t use drawer slides. The “handles” were punched out at an angle using a mortiser.

Hope you like it.

11 responses to “Coffee at 10 degrees

  1. babyandwool

    Dude, that’s a beautiful table. The draw handles are are nice touch! I’m just interested, are the top and sides simply mitred together or are there biscuits/dovetials hidden away?

    Really like man.


    p.s. Just in case, I don’t do a blog on babies and wool, it’s my wife’s account!

  2. your work is inspiring. I was a sawyer/contractor in the santa Cruz mountains for over 15 years and I love working in wood but I developed allergies so I don’t much anymore. congratulations on your son, your life is now changed for good, as in goodness not necessarily forever although that too. keep up the great work.
    peace embi

  3. shu

    great project. I’ve been following your blog ever since I first saw the bike rack surface, it’s fantastic that it became so popular. I’m currently an architecture student and I especially admire the craft, aesthetic, and detail that all of your work shows. I apologize for my lack of woodworking know-how but by “10º” do mean the angle at which the boards are glued together?

    • Yes, the boards are all glued up at 10 degrees. The title was just a bad attempt at being clever. Thanks for the kind words and for following the blog.

  4. A nice project. The table is really beautiful and functional. design matches the rest of the apartment.
    Faten from Paris

  5. BC

    Hi, I’m wondering about the name of the joint you are using for the drawer front. Is that a drawer lock joint made with a special router bit?

    Looks awesome!

    • It’s a very nice version of a Half-Blind Tongue an Rabbet :)

      Brilliant table, too. I’d like to know more about the metalwork, and how the legs are connected to the rest.

  6. Sarah

    Do you sell these or would you be able to make a communal dining room table in a similar way? Looking to fill a live/work loft in the mission of San Fran and love your style!
    Thanks – Sarah 860-463-1880

  7. noah

    whoa… that’s a lot of sag. Pretty, but kinda breaks the”rules”. There’s a reason why tables are traditionally built with the strength of the grain running along the length.

    • Anonymous

      Yea thats to bad, it is a great looking design. Maybe if you had made a full metal base for it instead of just the legs. Always remember form must follow function!

    • Ben

      Ah I thought I was the only one seeing it dip in the middle… otherwise a beautiful piece though.

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