Spalted Hackberry, Live Edge Coffee Table

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Project by gfadvm posted 02-19-2015 12:26 AM 3252 views 3 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is made from a spalted hackberry offcut from a BIG log. I had to cut some shorter slabs off the butt end to get the log to fit through the mill and decided these shorts were too pretty to burn. Table is 5’ long x 19” wide x 19” tall. Walnut bowties and plugs. Finished with BLO followed by several sprayed coats of MW Spar Urethane. I may knock the shine down with some wax and Scotchbrite pads. Cutting all the 15 degree angles with no straight side to reference to was the biggest challenge.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 02-19-2015 12:32 AM

Man o Man

Did you ever bring new life to that gorgeous piece of wood.

Absolutely beautiful.

And I love all the bow ties. They look perfect.

Nice piece, buddy, and thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 02-19-2015 12:36 AM

beautiful table andy, i love the wood, and even though they might have been needed, i love those dutchman, they always look good to me…great job…i cant believe its not a box…LOL

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

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#3 posted 02-19-2015 12:38 AM

Wow! That is beautiful, Andy! How did you inset the bow ties and how thick are they? Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 02-19-2015 12:39 AM

That looks great Andy. The stretcher is my favorite part. It looks great and I love the angles on the ends and the curve of the piece.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 02-19-2015 12:39 AM

Beautiful work. It finished out very well and the 2nd and 3rd pics really show it well. Love those butterflies/bow ties.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 02-19-2015 12:40 AM

That’s amazing. That wood has some character. Nice work.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 02-19-2015 12:46 AM

Beautiful work. I am very envious of the butterflies.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 02-19-2015 12:48 AM

Agree with everyone else – that’s amazing. I like the gloss finish, but I know that’s a personal preference.

You done good!


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#9 posted 02-19-2015 12:53 AM

Yup, ya done that wood & yourself proud!!!

I really like the stretcher and the dutchman….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 02-19-2015 01:13 AM

andy, this is just outstanding you have become a master.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#11 posted 02-19-2015 01:14 AM

Keeyaw, Andy! That’s a sweet coffee table. I like the way the bowties are different sizes as the repair size changed. Beautiful job!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#12 posted 02-19-2015 01:40 AM

Thanks for the kind words. They mean a lot coming from my peers.

Candy, Those bowties are 1/4” thick. Cut with my PC trim router and the Woodcraft kit. Very easy to do. Just a tiny bit of chisel work in the corners of the inlay cavity.

Don, I always liked the look of the decreasing sized bowties as the crack gets smaller.

I have been burning spalted hackberry in my woodstove all winter and decided to save this piece.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 02-19-2015 01:40 AM

Stunning Andy! The wood is just gorgeous and your design did it justice.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#14 posted 02-19-2015 01:41 AM

After all the truth above—-

Nothing to add!

-- just rjR

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#15 posted 02-19-2015 01:51 AM

Wow! Great table. Shame it had those cracks but you turned that around real fast. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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