Sspecial Coffee Table

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Project by kenscraft posted 01-11-2010 11:02 AM 1738 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok all you LJ this is what I call my very special coffee table, made from the finest of matches [ Swiss Match Co: ] First I bought the matches in bulk from our local woollies super market, the I burnt the them then cleaned the phosphate off them, drew my design and using aquadere woodwork glue I glued the matches onto my design, the legs are made from teak and the frame around the table is rosewood with a strip of silky ash for enhancement, it took me 6 month to make from start to finish. I have yet to put on a project that I made from matches which is smaller than this coffee table and took me 2 years in the making from start to finish.

-- Kenscraft, Caboolture q.l.d....

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 11:21 AM

Got a light mate?

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 11:42 AM


-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#3 posted 01-11-2010 12:06 PM

Hey degoose,I just ran out of matches, have to use a cheap lighter

-- Kenscraft, Caboolture q.l.d....

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#4 posted 01-11-2010 12:41 PM

Now that’s a labor of love!! What are the dark parts of the patern? The dark end of the burnt match?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-11-2010 12:53 PM

oh my goodness. oh my goodness.. oh my goodness!
beautiful design .. curious how you were able to do the round/straight mixture.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 01-11-2010 03:18 PM

Yes the dark parts are the burnt edges of the matches that is what gives it the design, doing the round parts and the straight parts were a little tricky but when I figured it out it all fell into place, I started from the centre and worked my way to the outer edge, Thank you So much for your wonderful comments, and I just want to say that I am proud to be a member of the LJ. you all have given me a lot of inspiration and great ideas, thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

-- Kenscraft, Caboolture q.l.d....

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#7 posted 01-11-2010 03:23 PM

Debbie I hope that you didn’t mind me using your wonder saying? the words are so beatiful, it it home with me and all that I believe in and I really wanted to share it with everyone.

-- Kenscraft, Caboolture q.l.d....

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#8 posted 01-11-2010 03:46 PM

Your dedication was worth it, thanks for sharing, you did a great job.

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

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#9 posted 01-11-2010 05:52 PM

wonderful job really unbelievable and amazing.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 01-11-2010 06:48 PM

Holy smokes Batman!

And I was thinking an end grain cutting board is a glue up challenge.


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#11 posted 01-11-2010 07:08 PM

Wow! That so cool.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#12 posted 01-12-2010 01:23 AM

Wow! Now that’s a labor, I would question love? Great Job!

-- Marty Ohio

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#13 posted 01-12-2010 01:47 AM

Beautiful table, I can’t believe no one has asked this but how many matches did it take to make the top?

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#14 posted 01-12-2010 02:44 AM

I apologize in advance but nobody else has said it yet… Are there similar pieces to make a ‘matched’ set? LOL! ... well it seemed funny to me before I typed it :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#15 posted 01-12-2010 02:56 AM

That is amazing. I’ll bet a lot of hours went into that.

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