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Curvy cherry coffee table with walnut stripe

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Project by Adam D posted 02-15-2015 11:05 PM 1918 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table turned out to be pretty simple to make and I’m happy with how it turned out.

I thought I could manage the curved edges with just my bandsaw and a oscillating spindle sander, but it was very difficult and awkward to get a uniform curve with just that. I ended up dreaming up the curve jigs shown in the picture. First I drew the line, which I approximated every 4 inches from my plans. I then clamped the jig on the line, and used a flush trim router bit to finish the cut. It helped unify the curve nicely.

I couldn’t bring myself to toss away the beautiful burl in the cherry around a natural split that had formed in the wood, but I didn’t like the idea of leaving that split exposed for food and whatever to hide in. This was my first attempt at using a 2-part epoxy (meant for finishing a bar-top) and was very pleased with the result. I used painters tape to try to isolate the epoxy to the hole, and just poured it in. I found that my heat-gun helped reduced the viscosity which helped to release bubbles.

I sanded all the way to 600 grit. Not only did this eliminate the blotchiness associated with cherry, but it made the epoxy nice and clear so you can see into the split. I finished with linseed oil and 2 coats of polyurethane.

Thanks for looking!

-- Adam, Rochester NY





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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 02-15-2015 11:40 PM

Very nice work. The curvy style is elegant. Your curve jigs are ingenious.
Your choice of walnut and cherry is really nice, too

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 02-16-2015 12:04 AM

very nice

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#3 posted 02-16-2015 01:02 AM

Adam,

That table is out of this world beautiful. Very nicely done. I would be proud to own a piece like that.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 07:48 AM

Adam,

Nice shape form,and balance of color!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-16-2015 07:35 PM

Did you fill that crack all in one go? I’ve seen bubbles if you do big ones all at once (vs. fill a little bit, let dry, fill more, let dry, etc.) but never thought of the heat gun.

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#6 posted 02-16-2015 07:47 PM

@ColonelTravis: I did some practice runs on some oak before trying it here, and the oak kept soaking it all up! I had to apply it 3 times just to get it full. I expected the same from the cherry, but discovered that it didn’t soak in hardly at all. So yes, I filled it all in one go.

The heat gun does make a world of difference. The epoxy I used changes from maybe honey when it’s cold to something like motor oil when heated up. Definitely give it a try next time. ...I thought I was being clever by microwaving it before I started and ended up making a toxic mess out of my kitchen. Don’t do that. Stick to the heat gun :)

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#7 posted 02-16-2015 10:02 PM

Gorgeous table! Really nice joinery on the 2nd shelf to the legs.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#8 posted 02-16-2015 11:27 PM

Great Job!!! I will have to try a jig like that for cutting curves.

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#9 posted 02-17-2015 08:47 PM

Haha, sorry about the microwave disaster.
Thanks, Adam. Wonderful table.

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