My River Coffee Table

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Project by Gwhiz posted 03-20-2017 02:35 PM 1711 views 15 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a forty year old walnut slab that had been given to me in exchange for some project work and I wanted to make something special out of it. I’d been promising my wife a new coffee table for a few mont…er years…so I started looking for ways to use this live edge slab for that purpose. I saw a youtube video of a river top table and thought that I might be able to do something similar. After I got started I found some of Greg Klassen’s amazing work—I knew that I wouldn’t measure up, but I kept going anyway! I’m happy with the result.

I’d never tried cutting curved glass before and I assumed that I’d break the first piece. I didn’t, but the cut on the 2nd side was definitely better than the first (I had the glass shop cleanup the edges after I’d cut it.) In hindsight I should have bought a smaller trial piece of glass to practice cutting on. Live and learn!

The base is Cherry, top and stretcher are walnut. Finished with Watco danish oil to bring out the figure of the Walnut, and topped with a couple of coats of satin lacquer for some additional protection.

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#1 posted 03-20-2017 02:39 PM

Very nice job on the table.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#2 posted 03-20-2017 02:46 PM

wow that table is absolutly the design and that walnut i gorgeous.nice work.

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

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 03:06 PM

Beautiful combination. I like that edge and green glass.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 03-20-2017 03:18 PM

The composition is beautiful and did justice to that slab of walnut. The figure in it looks topographical and was perfect for this project.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 03:28 PM

WOW … very nice. Good job on fitting the glass. From my vantage point, it seems to fit like glove … KUDOS!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#6 posted 03-20-2017 03:38 PM

Love it. perfect use of that piece of wood.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#7 posted 03-20-2017 04:04 PM

That is just wonderful.

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#8 posted 03-20-2017 04:07 PM

Nice job. Great color.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 03-20-2017 05:13 PM

Nicely done …. I especially like the use of the glass bridge between the live edges.

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#10 posted 03-20-2017 05:37 PM

Thanks guys—I appreciate the feedback. It was a fun project, and one that I’d been wanting to do for a while. The slab was a 40 year old piece of wood that was given to me by a relative. His father had the tree cut and milled and it had been stacked in a barn ever since. I got a pickup truck of lumber and a couple of slabs in exchange for building keepsake boxes from it for his grandkids.

I went from being scared that I’d ruin a very nice piece of wood, to nervous that I’d break the glass, to happy that neither of those occurred!

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#11 posted 03-20-2017 07:13 PM

Nice piece – - so how did you go about cutting the curves in the glass?

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#12 posted 03-20-2017 07:53 PM

Very nice build. I love the way you did the complete table as well as the glass

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#13 posted 03-20-2017 07:54 PM

With an oil filled wheel glass cutter like this one.

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#14 posted 03-20-2017 09:01 PM

Cool looking table.

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

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#15 posted 03-20-2017 09:48 PM

WOW! Awesome table. Now you’re trained for the next glass project.

-- Woodify ~~

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