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    New Twist on Modern Danish

    My latest project is a little unique. My daughter found an old pinball playing field and wants a coffee table made from it. I am also building a set of end tables to match. I have almost completed the end tables, just a couple more coats of finish. The pinball machine playing field has purple, t=yellow and Tiffany blue paint. I decided to use a whimsical approach by using random size and location inlay purple heart and yellow heart circles in curly maple for the case and dovetailed the purple heart sides. The legs are purchased from Amazon.



    The coffee table will be a box with the playing field inside the box and the glass top, ball shooter and metal trim will be used on the top. I plan too paint the wood surrounding the glass with silver paint so it appears like metal. The entire unit will be backlit with battery operated LED lights so the bumpers etc will be illuminated. the sides of the coffee table have the same inlaid dots.

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    Re: New Twist on Modern Danish

    I'm looking forward to seeing the final results. Sounds really unique.

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    Re: New Twist on Modern Danish

    How creative!
    I too, want to see te finished product!
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    Re: New Twist on Modern Danish

    Looks like fun piece!
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    Re: New Twist on Modern Danish

    The more I look at your pic, the more I like it. I have been studying the details for a full 5 minutes and now I REALLLY like it! It did take a few minutes to break out of my conservative old fogey mindset, but I do like what you have done, and plan to do. I, too, am looking forward to seeing the completed set. Thanks for sharing

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    Re: New Twist on Modern Danish

    That looks very nice!

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    Re: New Twist on Modern Danish

    Jeff, your work is always unique and very well done. Did you run into any issues cutting dovetails in the sides rather than end grain?
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    Re: New Twist on Modern Danish

    Very cool, I'm becoming a fan of mixed modern furniture.
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    Re: New Twist on Modern Danish

    This is really cool, Jeff. Beautifully done.

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    Re: New Twist on Modern Danish

    I used a leigh jig with the standard dovetail bit on the maple. I used a carbide upspiral bit on the pins in the purple heart. It actually cut better than the maple. I typically cut pins 1/16 long and sanding the purple heart end grain was tough. It tends to burn with the festool Rotex sander and 60 grit paper. I had to go slow. The hard part is fitting a 20” wide set of dovetails. The recent hunidity was not my friend. After cutting and dry fit it was great. After applying two coats of finish in the inside, the maple moved a little so i had somegaps that needed filling with epoxy. It is noticible if you know what you are looking for.

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    Re: New Twist on Modern Danish

    Very cool! Looks like a fun project. Looking forward to seeing the set.
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