Walnut and Beaver Stick Coffee Table

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Project by mgustafson posted 02-05-2010 07:14 PM 5385 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Coffee table made of MDF substrates and Black Walnut veneers, textured / painted MDF and found beaver sticks. Water based Polyurethane finish rubbed out to satin sheen.

To clarify: What I refer to as Beaver sticks are sticks that beavers harvest and debark to use in thier incredible lodges, some of these sticks are discarded and washed to shore and sometimes I run across them.


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#1 posted 02-05-2010 07:26 PM

Very nice job. Great use of the sticks to give it a unique design and the satin sheen is a perfect finish.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#2 posted 02-05-2010 07:28 PM

Very nice work! And resourceful. I LIKE IT!! I also like the fact that you veneered it instead of using large solid planks. I see people “not on this site” but others using 3 1/2” solid tops an i think WHY??
Again, beautiful job!!!

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#3 posted 02-05-2010 08:03 PM

Beautiful, wood and design look awesome.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 08:16 PM

This is an interesting and unique table. It is also well done. This is the kind of think I like to see on LJ – original and creative ideas.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 08:31 PM

How did you get endgrain veneer? Or is it just figured enough to disguise itself well as endgrain?

-- Aaron in TN -

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 08:40 PM

Getting beavers to do your work… must be cheap labor. LOL

Great cofee table.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 02-05-2010 11:02 PM

I did not use an endgrain veneer, the piece is just edgebanded with solid walnut stock around the perimeter. If I could just get the beavers to start sanding and maybe doing some of the assembly work I think we would be in business.


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#8 posted 02-06-2010 12:21 AM

Really nice table, I like the unique look. Of coarse, living in Beavercreek I got to love it. ;-)

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#9 posted 02-06-2010 02:21 AM

Glad you clarified beaver sticks. I was worried there for a second. Nice table!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 02-06-2010 02:35 AM

Very nice table. I was clearing up some beaver trees today and was thinking…posts for a bed frame.

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#11 posted 02-06-2010 02:39 AM

This is very nice, but I am wondering why you didn’t use beaver sticks to support the top all the way, why an end panel?

-- Dan Wiggins

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#12 posted 02-06-2010 02:58 AM

Very nice table, The finish on it is just great

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#13 posted 02-06-2010 03:09 AM

A very creative piece. The use of natural (Created by beavers) sticks give it a unique story and make it a wonderful piece of furniture

Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 02-06-2010 04:23 AM

Cool design well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 02-06-2010 06:40 AM

A bit too much tension between the beaver stick addition and the unbelieveably clean top that U created. Both are stunning, but they shine best if they are kept separate!!!

-- rustic andy

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