3-Legged Danish Modern Coffee Table

Caleb James

Build a classic Danish Modern three legged coffee table. It’s a quick and satisfying weekend-ish project that will expand your woodworking skill set beyond 90˚ angles and square components. This versatile design is easily adapted to any size table whether a side table or dining table. It’s a great project to put your lathe to use and learn fundamental turning skills. If you’re an aspiring chairmaker these fundamental skills will surely come in handy. Break out of the norm with this project and enjoy that shop time.

Dimensions: 31” [788mm] W, 17-5/16” [440mm] H, 31” [788mm] D

  • 7 lessons
  • 141 min
  • $99.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Table Top Construction

    In this lesson I’ll show you how to plan and execute a panel glue up destined for a round table top. You’ll also learn a dead simply way to effectively align each board in the panel during glue up so that flattening the panel later is a breeze. Lastly, take note of my favorite way […]

  2. Table Top Shaping

    In this lesson learn how to make that panel into a round shape using our router table and a strip of wood.

  3. Sharpening Lathe Tools

    In this lesson I’ll show you the essential tools of spindle turning and how to sharpen them.

  4. Turning the Legs

    This lesson is a mini master class in spindle turning. I’ll show you the fundamental techniques that you need for any turning project. We’ll go from setting up the lathe for success to ideal body mechanics for fluid cutting movements.

  5. Cross Brace Angles

    In this lesson we explore using the miter gauge and the tilt of our table saw blade to cut compound angles for making our table top cross braces.

  6. Cross Brace Joinery

    In this lesson we will assemble our cross braces. I’ll show my preferred joinery method along with some alternative options. After we glue it up we’ll drill and install our hanger bolt hardware for attaching the legs.

  7. Final Assembly

    In this lesson we bring all our parts together. We’ll start by mounting the cross brace assembly to the table top then test mount our legs and finish with the finish. 🙂

What will I receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build process.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for immediate download (once published)

What will I learn?

    • Efficient Panel Glue Up
    • Knockdown Leg Joinery
    • Wood Turning
    • Cutting Large Circle Panels
    • Cutting Compound Joinery at Table Saw

What will I need?


4/4 Hardwood 10 BF
6/4 Hardwood 3 BF
8/4 Hardwood 3 BF

Lumber kits available from Bell Forest! Order here. 

Power Tools:

Table Saw, Jointer, Planer, Router, Router Table, Drum Sander (optional), Random Orbit Sander (optional)

Lathe Tools:

Lathe (with approximately 20” capacity) – https://amzn.to/4cWoggi
Drill chuck for lathe – https://amzn.to/3U7fYdO
3/4” Roughing Gouge – https://amzn.to/3Q36ZIg
1/2” Spindle Gouge – https://amzn.to/441FVz9
Scraper / Easy Wood Tool Mini Detailer (optional) – https://amzn.to/3TTFu58
Wolverine Starter Sharpening Set – https://amzn.to/3Q2M1sZ
Vari-grind gouge jig – https://amzn.to/3Q2M1sZ
Bench Grinder – https://amzn.to/3y4moCc


Counterbore – 3/4 x 5/16 (Brand: W.L. Fulle X5L) – https://amzn.to/4aA4sgQ
7/32 Drill Bit – https://amzn.to/3Q5DTrP
Spiral router bit – 1/2” up cut – https://amzn.to/4cWOMpK
Slot cutter – 3/16” – https://amzn.to/3Jib5sr
Whiteside Ultimate Router Bit (optional) – https://amzn.to/3wgJwge
1/2” roundover bit – https://amzn.to/3WkzLZ3


Tee Nut Hardware –  1/4-20 threads, ≥0.5″ h, 0.75”Ø – https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-1-4-in-20-Zinc-Plated-Tee-Nut-4-Pack-802301/204274194


Trammel points – https://amzn.to/4dp5cre
Inclinometer – Digital – https://amzn.to/3vyaJe2
Marking gauge
Fractional dial calipers – https://amzn.to/3Uh9FBG
Sanding block – https://amzn.to/4awXae7
Sanding sponge – https://amzn.to/3QxeuHJ


PVA Wood Glue – https://amzn.to/4aPWqAZ
Titebond II Dark – https://amzn.to/3TTENZA
120 grit sandpaper – https://amzn.to/3TRB3b2
150 grit sandpaper – https://amzn.to/3Jkq9Wh
180 grit sandpaper – https://amzn.to/4aVNrO5

About Your Instructor:

Caleb James

Caleb lives in Greenville, SC with his wife and two daughters. His first exposure to fine woodworking was in a middle school shop class where he built a stool. His interest in woodworking reemerged as a young adult building practical furniture for his first home. His interest (read obsession) and research into Danish chair design and construction began c.2005. He spent 6 years making furniture as a hobby before selling a successful business to make chairs full time in 2011. He has designed and produced a number of woodworking tools in the 18th and 19th century style most notably his line of spokeshaves for chairmaking. He has written several articles for Popular Woodworking magazine. He currently teaches Danish Modern chairmaking and is writing on that topic for a forthcoming book with Lost Art Press.