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Slab Coffee Table with Carved/Copper Tree Trunk Base

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Project by CharlieK posted 10-21-2016 06:29 PM 1119 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I made this slab coffee table for a friend of mine.

I wanted to do something special for the base and I decided to build a carved, sculpted, and textured base. I wanted it to look kind of sort of like a tree trunk. I say sort of because I was more focused on creating a “cool” texture than I was on creating a realistic bark texture.

I also wanted to do something cool for the coloring. Initially, I wanted a bronze finish. I was very successful in painting a realistic looking bronze finish, but the bronze coloring was too green for the reddish colored slab so I had to start over!

So then I applied a painted copper finish and it looked MUCH better.

I have 5 YouTube videos on this. Here is a link to a Single Short Video of the ENTIRE Build Process

I have articles on my website that cover every step of building this table.

I also wrote several blog articles about this table, some of them are on my LJ Blog

I am VERY happy with how the table AND the Videos turned out!

Please take a look at these and let me know what you think.

Thanks!
Charlie

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com





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#1 posted 10-21-2016 08:07 PM

That’s fantastic, Charlie. I remember the base from months ago. It sure worked out, didn’t it?

-- Mark

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#2 posted 10-21-2016 08:25 PM

That is really cool Charlie. You sure put a lot of work into it just to have a coffee. I would use the kitchen table. Ha ha
Great job. I have to read your blog later.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 10-21-2016 08:51 PM

That’s a very cool looking coffee table—you definitely pulled off the tree stump/rustic look with this!

-- Dean

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#4 posted 10-21-2016 10:43 PM

i think i like it!.see a lot of slab tables but this one stands apart with that base,very unique,great job and creativity.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 10-21-2016 11:50 PM

That’s a great table and very creative.

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#6 posted 10-22-2016 01:40 AM

Wow. Really impressive build CharlieK. Great documentation too. Thanks for doing it all.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 10-22-2016 03:23 AM

Thanks so much for all the nice comments!! I really appreciate it!

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#8 posted 10-22-2016 08:01 AM

Beautiful nature look! You tricked me almoust with taht base, I thought it was real.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 10-22-2016 01:13 PM

Excellent work. It looks great.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#10 posted 10-22-2016 02:03 PM

very nice

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#11 posted 10-22-2016 02:47 PM



That s fantastic, Charlie. I remember the base from months ago. It sure worked out, didn t it?

- Mark Wilson


Thanks Mark, yes it turned out great. I tried a bronze looking finish the first time and it had kind of a greenish tone. That looked terrible with the reddish toned slab so I did it over with a copper toned finish. What a difference!

Copper Finish

Bronze Finish

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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#12 posted 10-22-2016 03:01 PM

im really glad to see you got it posted, i didn’t know you were a lumber jock, this is one of the most interesting builds i have seen and its very beautiful, just my style, i love all of the videos you did and you did them so well, your a very creative guy, i hope you make it this way some day, here in central alabama, would love to meet you in person.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 10-22-2016 03:05 PM



im really glad to see you got it posted, i didn t know you were a lumber jock, this is one of the most interesting builds i have seen and its very beautiful, just my style, i love all of the videos you did and you did them so well, your a very creative guy, i hope you make it this way some day, here in central alabama, would love to meet you in person.

- grizzman

Thanks Grizz! I’ve been on LJ for a long time, but I spread myself kind of thin with YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, LJ, website, and my blog.

Thanks for your kind words, and likewise, let me know if you are ever in the Twin Cities.
Charlie

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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#14 posted 10-23-2016 02:43 PM

Great project and ideas for the base. Love it. Enjoyed the video as well. I like that you included working through not being happy with the color. I think it’s something we have all been through. Cheers.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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