Honey Locust Sofa Table with Walnut inlay

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Project by HeirloomWoodworking posted 11-05-2009 06:21 AM 6855 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it seems like forever since I submitted a project for my fellow Lumberjocks to view and critique. I have been busily working in the shop lately making progress on several items, and tonight I finally found time to dig out the digital camera and snap some photos of some of the current items that I am finsihing.

This sofa table is a venture and experiment with using a new wood for me, honey locust. I found this wonderful lumber while on a buying trip to a Nebraska sawyer and fellow Lumberjock, Rastus Snow. His sawmill near the central Nebraska town of Litchfield is named Native Lumber & Sawmill

Rastus gave me a tour during my stop and I must say I was impressed with his inventory of walnut, ash (beautifully figured!), white oak, aromatic red cedar, hackberry, elm, boxelder and english walnut. If you are in need of some nice native nebraska lumber, give him a call.

As is typical for my projects, I started this table with no drawing or even a real plan of what I wanted to make. I had purchased 2-16”x60”x1” rough boards and they exibited some wonderful grain patterns that I wanted to show off…a big table would have been nice…but I did not have enough lumber for an entire large table, what to do? In the end, after much hemming and hawing… this is the creation that came from it all.

The contruction is made entirely with mortise and tenon jointery, making it very stable. Because there was so much grain and color differentiations in this wood, the glue “seam” in the leg glue-ups and the top became very hard to hide, so I hit upon the idea of insetting some walnut inlay strips to hide the glue edge. I like how the contrasting wood adds a certain uniqueness to the piece, and they also make the legs appear to crafted from a single piece of honey locust.

Fisnished with a good drenching of natural danish oil, 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Gloss and 5 coats of Semi-gloss, the furniture should stand up to years of use.

At this time I plan on giving this table to my mother as a Christmas present (ssssh! don’t tell her!)

Thanks for letting me share.

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#1 posted 11-05-2009 06:50 AM

Really beautiful. I have not seen honey locust before, I really like it. Your mother will love it.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#2 posted 11-05-2009 06:54 AM

OOO Trev that’s PURR D Great job and wonderful wood too.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 11-05-2009 02:40 PM

Really like your design and details in your table. I’m sure your mother will love it…....and I promise not to tell! lol

-- John @

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#4 posted 11-05-2009 02:45 PM

Beautiful lumber and nicely finished! Guess those locust trees are good for more than beans! Like the walnut inlays to hide the joints too; really nice piece!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#5 posted 11-05-2009 03:37 PM

Beautiful. Great lumber… at first glance, I thought it was hickory.

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

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#6 posted 11-05-2009 05:15 PM

I love honeylocust, the walnut is a cool combo with it. Nice work !

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#7 posted 11-05-2009 06:40 PM

Fabulous! I love it when people experiment with “other” woods. Your mom is going to have a very nice Christmas. Great job.

-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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#8 posted 11-06-2009 12:11 AM

Nice Job Trevor!

Gary League

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#9 posted 11-06-2009 05:46 AM

I’ve been wanting to log and mill some honey locust for some time now. This had inspired me to get with it. Can’t wait to get it dried. Thanks BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 11-25-2009 01:08 AM

beautiful table, I just got a load of this wood, I plan to turn it, it is sooooo hard. but almost no end grain tearout. Sands to a nice gloss. looking frward to seeing how it dries. How did you get your wood?

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#11 posted 11-25-2009 04:25 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments! This was a fun build.

Andrew, like I mentioned in the project description I purchased this lumber from Rastus Snow at Native Lumber & Sawmill. click on his links above to contact him.

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#12 posted 12-27-2009 12:09 AM

Mom loved i!

I had to make her promise not to EVER paint it, or put it on a garage sale. hehehe

I think I am safe as she was real excited to have it in her house.


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#13 posted 07-27-2010 05:07 AM

Hey Trevor,
I saw the table at your mom and dad’s house. It is very unique and shows true craftsmanship. I have a large supply of Honey Locust and found it very interesting to see it in a finished product.

-- RD

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