Coffee Table

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Project by lethentymill posted 11-09-2008 11:23 PM 2247 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The coffee table is project 13 in the Lethenty Mill furniture making course. The choice of wood is particularly important in this project as the coffee table is a ‘coffee table book’ in its own right and looks good with ‘wany edge’ wood (the edge of the tree). This design is open to reinterpretation.

The coffee table pictured is made of yew. Yew grows in Aberdeenshire, Scotland but tends to grow more like an intertwined bush than with a regular trunk; the pieces that I used for this project came from a yew that was about 700mm in diameter and could be about 400 years old.

The legs are patched and filled; the rails have wany bits and there is a strong colour contrast between the sapwood and the heartwood. The top is thick but because of crevices and cracks, I was unable to cut straight boards, so I cut long curves out of it on the bandsaw and then biscuited the joint and glued it up.

This is a simple (simplistic some might say, I prefer to say naive!) design, which is as easy to make as you choose.

-- Allan Fyfe, Lethenty Mill Furniture,

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#1 posted 11-10-2008 12:22 AM

Nice job, Allan. The wood you used is very interesting. I’m sure it was a job to piece it all together. Turned out nice. Thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 11-10-2008 12:59 AM

I like your use of a unique resource. Turning a challenging piece of wood into something useful is a skill worth mastering.

That yew looks like a burl. If I remember my history right, the English long bow used Yew wood. It makes me wonder where they got pieces that were long and straight enough to do the job. Maybe it grows bigger south of Scotland?

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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#3 posted 11-10-2008 02:27 AM

I really like the wild grain and the color of the wood. It makes a great table…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 04-26-2010 04:49 AM

Beautiful piece.
Lived in Glasgow for a year with my wife. Scotland’s a great placeto be. miss it sometimes.
keep up the good work

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