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A coffee table with a different flavor

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Project by Westy posted 12-23-2016 02:46 AM 1164 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed a coffee table per my wife’s request. What makes it different is what is inlaid into the top.
She grew up on a farm in an old two story farm house that was heated with a floor furnace. A number of years ago, the house was extensively damaged in the Greensburg (KS) tornado. When the house was finally taken down, we salvaged two grates from that floor furnace. These are the grates on each end of the top. The center grate (decorative) was a garage sale find.

I have a piece of 1/4” glass set into the top and over all three grates. The center grate can be removed which reveals an open box that can be used to display “treasures”. There is a removable panel at the bottom of the box so items can be exchanged in the box without having to remove the glass.

-- I finally got it together, but now I can't remember where I put it.





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 12-23-2016 04:04 AM

Excellent work, enjoyed that you reused something from old house. Good idea with the center grate and storage.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 08:01 AM

Really unique. A balanced project to the eye. I especially like the integration of the vents into the table. The design, and presentation are top notch. Fit and finish are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
Westy: What kind of wood and what kind of finish?

-- DonB

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 01:26 PM

Great design and beautiful work. I am going to favorite it for future reference.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#4 posted 12-23-2016 02:21 PM

Beautiful workmanship and great way to use the grates and the memories it brings.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 12-23-2016 02:57 PM

looks great

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canadianchips

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#6 posted 12-23-2016 08:03 PM

Awesome job.
Those grates are really hard to find around here.
I really like the design of table…

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Westy

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#7 posted 12-23-2016 09:16 PM



Really unique. A balanced project to the eye. I especially like the integration of the vents into the table. The design, and presentation are top notch. Fit and finish are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
Westy: What kind of wood and what kind of finish?

- DonB


I used red oak and the finish is one coat Watco Golden Oak, then one coat Watco Cherry and several coats of Minwax satin poly.

-- I finally got it together, but now I can't remember where I put it.

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