Celery Pine Coffee Table
Submitted by: MATTHEW MAHER
Softwood designer coffee table built without the use of fasteners.
The Whole Story
I designed and built this coffee table as part of a furniture design unit at university. With each new project, we were given a specific challenge or specification we had to follow. This time around, our projects had to be crafted without the use of any fasteners (screws, nuts, bolts, etc.). As such, all of the joints here have been secured using wood glue and nothing else.
Ordinarily, pine is perceived as cheap and study but not particularly beautiful. I opted for celery top pine because I wanted to use something unique and challenge that perspective. The softwood is more dense than ordinary pine and has a lovely flowing grain pattern that I tried to highlight through component orientation. A few coats of oil bring out the light but warm tone, which naturally deepens over time. The oil finish means the table can be re-coated easily.
The thickness of the wood gives the table presence without the design taking up too much space. I aimed to balance the focus between the design and the function that it serves. On first glance, you notice its beautiful simplicity, but that falls into the background once you start to use it as a table. By removing the glass tabletop, the wooden component could also be used as a small bench seat.