Coffee table with Vt river stones

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Project by HenryH posted 2005 days ago 2493 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tried something different with some inlaid stones. Still in my straight line phase.

-- HenryH - PA

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#1 posted 2005 days ago

I like the idea. What kind of wood did you use? Are the stones going to sit flush to the table top?

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#2 posted 2005 days ago

If you had the capability of polishing those stones flush with the surface, I think it would be even better. Very nice table, though.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 2005 days ago

Wood is air dried walnut.
The stones sit a half inch proud of the table surface. The stones are river rocks so they are smooth but I wanted the contrast of the smooth wood and rough stone.

-- HenryH - PA

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#4 posted 2005 days ago

Thats very cool, ditto on the stones maybe cut them into slices with a wet sasw. but I love the table nice job.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#5 posted 2005 days ago

Was that criticism?
I have posted a few projects and all the comments have been very positive and supportive. That’s nice but I appriciate some constructive criticism and positive suggestions.
If we are to grow and get better in the craft a little critisim is a good thing. Thanks.

-- HenryH - PA

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#6 posted 2005 days ago

I share your vision for the natural river rock. It is a texture thing.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#7 posted 2005 days ago

awesome. i love the contrasting figures and textures.

what are the three dots along each side in the overhead view? i see them on the similar dining table as well (just as nice a piece).

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#8 posted 2005 days ago

beautiful!! love the effects of both the contrasting wood and the stones
seems “grounded”

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 2005 days ago

This is really cool. Great idea and I love the design. Beautiful!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 2005 days ago

Fantastic design I like lighter wood inlay on the top. Is that maple?

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#11 posted 2005 days ago

beautiful table. i like the simplicity of the design

-- Adam,

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#12 posted 2005 days ago

nice – I have been toying with a similar idea for a table recently…little different, but the same idea of combining wood and stone. isn’t walnut just awesome when finished?

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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#13 posted 2005 days ago

I am going to go against the grain a little here and say that although I could see it intefering with putting down trays of food or drinks, I like the raised river stones. There was a feature in FWW magazine about the benefits of tops split down the middle the long way , and one option suggested was stone inlays for interest. Apparently having this split allows the wood to expand towards the center, which would eliminate the breadboard ends and the rest of the table shifting out of flush seasonally. If it is criticism you’re after, I’d say the stones and pegged breadboards are garnish enough without the contrasting wood inlays, but that’s nitpicking. Awesome job! (I just looked at your other projects, and you’ve got Walnut on lockdown, my friend!)

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 2005 days ago

Sweet! I like your design.

-- Dennis Zongker

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