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Live Edged, Spalted Maple Slab Coffee Table #1: Concept

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Blog entry by JamesVavra posted 09-13-2011 04:42 PM 1851 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Live Edged, Spalted Maple Slab Coffee Table series Part 2: Slab Flattening »

While the project is already underway, I thought I go ahead and start from the beginning. A couple of years ago, I built a new workshop in the backyard. I included a ‘bonus’ room above it with plans to eventually finish it out as a mancave: wet bar, big TV, etc.

Although the mancave is not 100% finished out (I still need to make some cabinet doors, connect the water supply, and paint trim) it’s football season and have the big TV and a comfy couch, so it’s useable. I don’t have a coffee table though, so there is nowhere to set a big steaming pile of hot wings or queso. So I looked through my stash and found a nice slab of spalted silver maple that would fit nicely.

We were originally trying to go with a modern theme up there and, although I have not really adhered to that style, I’m tipping my hat to it with the base of the coffee table. The below picture shows the slab sitting on top of a small box set in front of the couch as a test fit. It’s too low, and the box is too small, but it’s a start.

The top looks a bit small in that photo but it feels just right and I think it will work quite well. So I think I’m going to increase the size of the base (in every dimension), put a big square hole in it, and paint it gloss black enamel. Here’s a quick sketchup:

Since the base will be painted and glossy, I’m building it out of MDF. I hate the stuff, and I rarely use it, but I think it will work well in this application.



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#1 posted 09-14-2011 11:45 AM

A man cave for the football season, that sounds wonderful.
Looking life a fine table, I also get the feeling it is a little small.
I think you will need to fill the base with sand.
How many beers can stand in one end before it falls?
The glossy paing and the slab will ve fine contrasts.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 09-14-2011 03:55 PM

Thanks Mads. Believe it or not, I had my feet propped up on one end – without it being attached to that test box – and it didn’t tip. Granted, it was right on the verge of tipping, but I think I’ll be able to manage several beverages before the finished one falls over (or I do, which ever happens first).

James

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 03:55 PM

On to part 2.

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 07:49 PM

;-) then it balance.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 09-16-2011 05:40 AM

Love that top. The new stand reminds me of a chimney cinder block.. Minus it disintegrating eventually, that would be sweet and would keep the COB pretty low

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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