Rafter Tail Sofa Table


By by ACWA member Jeff S.

I spent a week at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking (in Port Townsend, WA) where I took a course with Darrell Peart (http://furnituremaker.com/ ) to learn his techniques on arts & crafts style furniture.  I made a sofa table that will eventually hold a glass top, made by Doug Hansen of Seattle.  Doug has done many commercial glass installations in Anchorage, including the airport and the library.  The glass will be finished in a few weeks.

Attached are some photos of my efforts.  The design is called a rafter tail table in the Arts & Crafts – Greene & Greene style.  Darrell has an example of one on his website:  http://furnituremaker.com/custom_coffee_table.htm.  The methods of construction used mortises cut with a router (using a jig) and floating tenons, similar to dominoes.  The mortises cut for the square ebony plugs and the faux tenon caps were hand cut with chisels.  Everything was sanded to 320 grit.  The finish was 3 coats of water based General Finishes dye stain (7 parts orange to 4 parts medium brown), buffed back with synthetic abrasive wool and 5 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal urethane oil.

My daughter (who lives in Seattle) is now the proud owner of this table.  I’ll send pictures of the table with the glass top once it is done.

I hope you like it.

Jeff S.

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  1. Steve T says:

    Looks great Jeff. Looking forward to seeing it with the glass.

  2. Mathew says:

    Thanks for posting this, Jeff and Jonathan!

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