Exotic Modern Coffee Table

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Project by uswine posted 08-01-2009 01:40 AM 1877 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a mud caked sun bleached old table that must have been outside in the weather for at least 5 years while helping a friend clear a large cluttered yard of one of his relatives. The wood was totally gray in color on the surface. Something told me to take the top of the table… maybe there was something worth keeping underneath the mud. So I knocked the old legs off and I surfaced about 1/8 of an inch off the top and the bottom of the table boards…. It was really nice solid walnut with a lot of great character.

So I decided to give it a new life with an entirely new look. First off I had to trim about 2 inches off each side edge to remove some minor cracks that had begun from all the weathering the table top had seen. After all the initial prep work on the top was done I added an Ebony border topped with a Bloodwood edge finish.

The legs were constructed from 2 1/2” x 24” Bloodwood turning squares that are assembled with a 90° bend in the middle that uses an Ebony block to lock the joint together. The bottoms of the legs are caped with solid Ebony feet.

I assembled the table to the legs by fabricating a walnut and bloodwood “X” brace that is held to the table bottom by dowels and glue. The legs have a matching milled slot in the center top where they are held to the brace by 2 dowels and glue.

I had to add some additional support to prevent the table from sagging over time. I did this by adding the diamond shape stiffeners made from Wenge and held in place by dowels and glue.

Finished the table with tongue oil and polyurethane.

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#1 posted 08-01-2009 01:44 AM

Nice find and what a great job on the construction.

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#2 posted 08-01-2009 01:53 AM

Great save, and great job!!

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#3 posted 08-01-2009 02:58 AM

Absolutely beautiful table and beautiful job on re-using some gorgeous wood!
Nice design and choice of wood combination….......... BTW, did you also do the inlay in the floor?

Nice job on that also if you did…....................

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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Ben Kahmann

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#4 posted 08-01-2009 03:08 AM

Cool table and great instinct on picking up the top form the yard

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#5 posted 08-01-2009 04:10 AM

great job

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#6 posted 08-01-2009 04:52 AM

Beautifully designed and executed. I just started with woodworking and I am always looking around for a “scrap” piece that can be turned into something… anything. I haven’t found anything of use, much less something this exciting.

again, well done, congratulations on the find.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 08-01-2009 04:58 AM

Did you say Walnut ? WOW !! Great design !

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#8 posted 08-01-2009 05:12 AM

beautiful work on the top, the bottom,the design and the whole nine yards

welcome to lumberjocks

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#9 posted 08-02-2009 09:43 PM

Good eye realizing that there was a hidden gem under there.

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