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Sapele & Walnut Live Edge/Slab Coffee Table

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Project by Andy Brownell posted 11-25-2009 05:52 PM 5685 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A tribute to some Mid-Century Furniture Masters
- Submission for Yin-Yang LJ Awards -

This is a project that I sourced wood from 2 different locations in Cincinnati, OH. The first was from a local Sawyer here in town that let me pull through his supply of 10/4 and 8/4 walnut. The other was from an importer of exotic hardwoods here in town that hooked me up with a 15’ x 13” x 8/4 board of ribbon sapele with a live edge of nicely contrasting sapwood. The dark/light combination of the two species, as well as the dark/light combination within the woods I chose include sapwood/heartwood mixes, along with a chatoyance in the sapele top cause the grain direction to shift as you move from one side of the table to the other. Light shifts to dark and vice-versa.

The table is certainly was influenced by some recent stuff I have been looking at that combines the softer round edges of Sam Maloof’s work along with some of the Nakishima influenced lines of the base structure and the natural slab top of course. The natural edge of the top is a gentle trapezoid shape, also mimicked in the large slabs of the base. The combination of hard edges/angles of the base compliment the natural flowing lines of the top.

The table measures 50” long x 22-24” wide x 19” high. The slab and base elements are 1 1/2” + thick. Joinery consists mainly of lap joints (like Lincoln Logs), secured with 1/2” walnut dowels. The finish is 4 coats of Minwax rub-on Poly and buffed with butcher’s wax. The project took me approximately 35-40 hours to complete.

-- Andy Brownell





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Dennis_MGWW

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 06:03 PM

Very nicely done! I love working with walnut. I have never worked with sapele though, but it looks great.

Great job!

-- Dennis, http://www.maplegrovewoodworks.com/ http://twitter.com/#!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 06:50 PM

very nice

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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Ellen

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 06:51 PM

This looks great, just wondering if it might have looked better without the 2 horizontal pieces at the bottom. Did you need that for stability? I love the way the top is joined to the 2 legs. The finish is awesome too.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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zlatanv

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#4 posted 11-25-2009 07:03 PM

Very nice work!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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sharad

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#5 posted 11-25-2009 07:10 PM

One of the best coffee tables I have seen on LJ.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 11-25-2009 07:22 PM

great design, awesome grain, very nice

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 11-25-2009 08:03 PM

Beautifully done. Calling on two of my favorite master woodworkers. I love everything about it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Andy Brownell

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#8 posted 11-26-2009 04:17 AM

Thanks for the comments. Ellen, I was considering it without the two horizontal elements at the bottom, but without them, the design was a little expected for a table of that style. The extra stability was a plus, as I have two kids at home here (7, 5). In addition, the ends of the horizontal elements feel really good on the foot, almost like a massage. ;)

-- Andy Brownell

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mynoblebear

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#9 posted 12-01-2009 03:16 AM

Very nice coffee table. Keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind, http://mynoblebear.com

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nralien

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#10 posted 12-05-2009 03:19 PM

Beautiful table. That top is especially nice.

-- nralien, Wausau, WI

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Russel

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#11 posted 12-05-2009 04:21 PM

That’s one really nice table. You’ve got some beautiful sapele for the top and the sap wood frames it well. I like the base with the “extra” support, it gives it some distinction.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#12 posted 12-17-2009 01:02 AM

Beautiful

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 01-06-2010 01:10 AM

Very Nice! Beautiful Woodgrain!

-- Dennis Zongker

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woodchic

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#14 posted 01-22-2010 09:24 PM

I agree with Dennis…...........the woodgrain its great. Nice.

AKA….......Woodchic

-- Robin Renee'

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TexasTimbers

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#15 posted 07-06-2010 06:33 PM

Looks fantastic. Great job.

-- "Sure, listen to what the experts have to say, just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking."

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