Chestnut & Laurel side table

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Project by MalcolmLaurel posted 04-09-2016 12:59 AM 907 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up this scrap of reclaimed American Chestnut floorboard at a local reclaimed lumber seller. It has (so the guy told me) an interesting story. A car ran into an old house in the next town from mine, causing enough structural damage that the building was deemed not worth repairing… resulting to the wood becoming available. Since I love working with chestnut but rarely see flat boards (most of what I use is log siding from renovating camp cabins), I bought a piece.

Anyway, I brought it home and gave it a light sanding, just enough to clean it up without removing the patina. Then it sat in my shop for a couple of years, until a few weeks ago when I realized I needed more stuff for an upcoming show. A walk in the woods behind my house yielded the mountain laurel base, and the “Killingworth Crash” chairside table was born. Numerous coats of shellac, followed by three coats of Deft semi-gloss lacquer to protect the top from spilled drinks. That’s not stain, just the natural color of the chestnut brought out by the shellac. 24” high, it’s just big enough for a drink and a book. Now I just need to figure out how to price it for the show…

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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#1 posted 04-09-2016 01:21 AM

Nice looking side table.

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#2 posted 04-09-2016 12:00 PM


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#3 posted 04-09-2016 12:42 PM

Both tables are beautiful
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#4 posted 04-09-2016 01:40 PM

looks great

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#5 posted 04-09-2016 01:44 PM

This is very creative. Letting nature make the legs can be a cool thing. Nice work.

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#6 posted 04-09-2016 03:37 PM

nice work on the legs, I know it can be difficult to cut the bottoms just right so it sits well

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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