Parquet Coffee Table

I’m a confident person.  I don’t often admit to being scared or nervous about things and I don’t usually shy away from a challenge.  I first saw the plans for this parquet table top over a year ago and thought “Wow! That’s beautiful”  followed immediately by “Yikes!  All those angle cuts look terrifying.”  I was scared.  I didn’t want to invest time and money into a project that I wasn’t confident in completing to a level of precision that would allow me to proudly place the finished piece in my living room for all to see.

Fast forward 12+ months and several other successful builds.  Rogue Engineer posted plans for the Lybrook coffee table that featured a trestle design with an exposed tenon look.  It was the perfect base for that parquet top.  It was time to let go of fear and worry and give this project everything I’ve got.

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Rustic Media Center

Last Christmas I built my husband’s parents a coffee table for Christmas.  It was the first real piece of furniture I had ever built.  This year, I decided to make them a media center that would coordinate with the coffee table and came across an inspiration piece (click to view the original post and download a printable PDF) from Rogue Engineer.  The original plan dimensions made the piece 35″ tall, which was a bit too tall for their space, so I decided to eliminate the upper shelf and use 2×8’s for the top instead of 1×8’s for a thicker, more substantial look.

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