Wormy Chestnut End Table

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Project by Bernspen posted 11-10-2015 01:44 AM 1059 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished my end table. My first attempt at long tapered legs. It’s made mostly of chestnut, a rare wood, since the tree is virtually extinct, The side boards are reclaimed chestnut barn siding, and they’re full of the worm holes that killed the tree. The top is from the top piece of an old upright piano that I found in a dumpster. It’s mahogany veneer over solid oak, with chestnut edging. Given the choice between showing the piano’s serial number, or turning the top over so it’s hidden, I chose to show it.

-- We have met the enemy, and he is us.

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#1 posted 11-10-2015 04:05 AM

Very nice looking project!

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#2 posted 11-10-2015 12:03 PM

Nice table and the sn showing will elicit questions forever

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 11-10-2015 03:07 PM

This table turned out nicely. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 11-12-2015 05:52 PM

Nice table, and a way to honor this disappeared wood species (that may be coming back, thanks to hard work by scientists). Generally wormy chestnut wasn’t killed by worms – rather the blight killed the tree, and then worms got into the standing tree.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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