Surfboard dinner table. #3: Surfboard dinner table - making my own wave.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 02-16-2013 09:49 PM 10034 reads 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Surfboard dinner table
Making my own wave.

I have been looking forward for a long time now to post this final chapter of the surfboard dinner table blog (for now).
This because it means; that I finally have a new home and my wonderful daughter Mathilde and I have a place to put the table – our new home.
So it is a MaFe with a smile after a rough time put behind now.

Last part ended with a board that was freshly coated with lacquer after a small accident trying to cut corners while painting stripes…
So this time I was set to do it the right way.

I bought a better masking tape and a thicker paint.
But most of all I painted on top of the lacquer so the paint would not suck into the wood.

And this helped!

Nice crisp lines when the tape was removed.


What can I say?

Sexy tail.

And here we are in the new apartment.
I have decided for now to put the table on legs since I love the fact that it is making movement in the kitchen that it is not placed straight to the lines.


I think this picture shows it fine, how the surfboard is breaking the waves.

But there were still one detail missing.
So out came the router.

Marking carefully.

Setting the stops and routing away.

The fin!
I made the slot so long that it could be moved after what looked the best after.

Here we are.

Final detail.

So here we are, life moves on in a wonderful way.
Sometimes when it all seems dark, we just need to ride the next wave.

Yesterday we ended unpacking and the last box came out of the apartment.
So it was a celebration day.

So I can now sit and smoke a good pipe of tobacco, getting warm by the stove and enjoy riding a beautiful new wave.
(Yes the bookcase is IKEA… I am guilty – smiles Thomas…).

Hope this can bring some inspiration to others, perhaps to ride new waves.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 02-16-2013 09:57 PM

Congratulations on your new place and your finished surfboard dining table Mads. It looks great and so does your new apartment. You look like you are enjoying it too and I’m very glad for you and Mathilde.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-16-2013 10:11 PM

Thanks Mike, here a picture from dinner time.
Daddy made Thai chicken with peanutbutter sauce.
As you can see there are plenty of room for guests now.

Best thoughts,

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

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Don W

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#3 posted 02-16-2013 10:12 PM

I’d never had taken you for a surfer Mads. I’m happy you made it over the hump. Its good you now have a proper surf board because we all know the waves come and go and being prepared for the next one is important. Surfs up!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 02-16-2013 10:13 PM

mads im so happy for you and your daughter, you now have your own home again, and to see your beautiful table in its rightful place is so grand… have a great place, wood floors, a really nice wood stove…does that one stove heat your place or are there more stoves…im just glad yo see you in your home, im really sorry you had to go through a really bad time…...what kind of person would throw you out like that with no place to really go, thank god you had your shop , well all that behind and the new to come, first we need to make you a nice fancy wooden bed..ive got some really beautiful wild cherry that we could use, just come on over to the good ole usa and we will make it and then ship it to you…ok…:))..wish we could, id love to work with you on a project..and i would love to use this cherry for such a grand project…really would…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 02-16-2013 10:18 PM

hey there, does Mathilde need a bed also, we could do two of them, ive got lots of wood, oh this could be really fun mads…you cant turn down to beds, :)...stay warm and tell Mathilde i said hello..and to take care of her daddy…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 02-16-2013 10:20 PM

Hehehe OMG Ikea furniture BE ASHAMED… not ;)

I actually find the table better that way than attached, as you said it gives a lot of movement to the kitchen, plus it’s far more convenient. I’m glad things are getting better for you too.

And I notice that Mathilde is growing even more beautiful, before you know she will be a lady :) Who’s the proud daddy? ;)
Warm cheers and hugs from sunshinny Paris!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#7 posted 02-16-2013 10:21 PM

Very nice! It came out great!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 02-16-2013 10:40 PM

Hey Mads,

Another great and beautiful project to enjoy for many years. The design is unique and very pleasant. I believe all good beverages will be welcome at such table and flow, and flow and flow! The details are great and well thought as well. Thanks for sharing your talents.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#9 posted 02-17-2013 12:28 AM

Awesome and congrats to you on the new place…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 02-17-2013 04:54 AM

Best wishes for your family in your new home

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#12 posted 02-17-2013 06:32 AM

Beautiful table, Mads!

It seems almost symbolic some of the giant waves that have crashed upon your shores. With this beautiful (table) board you will now be able to firmly ride them out, while enjoying the ride. Good luck to you and Mathilde! It is deserved, for you are truly the BIG KAHUNA!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#13 posted 02-17-2013 10:17 AM

Mads great fun I love your take on the whole thing
Glad that all is getting sorted you both deserve to be happy.
It looks as if your going to have fun.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#14 posted 02-17-2013 10:47 AM

Mmmm – Dinner time at Mads house. I remember it well, but where are the little cream and jam cornets?

Now the move is over, you can both settle down, settle in and just kick back.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 02-17-2013 01:09 PM

Kowabunga indeed.

What a wonderful table and wonderful story behind it.
Best wishes to you my friend.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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