Sofa/Hall Table

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Project by TZH posted 04-13-2010 02:18 AM 2535 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one took me a long time to finish. The base is Rocky Mountain Juniper, and the top is Ponderosa Pine. It is 53 inches long, 19 inches wide, and just under 31 inches high. The base is a single piece (the two “wings” are branches off the main stem of the tree). The top is removable for ease of moving around because the base weighs about 60-70 lbs by itself, and I was afraid if I glued the top to the base, the weight might bread something if the whole think got lifted. So, I used dowels set in the wings pointing up and one dowel in the center stem pointing down to stabilize the top and prevent it from tipping. Had a lot of fun cleaning this one out – lots of dirt and bark needed to be removed – because this tree died in a forest fire.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 04-13-2010 03:08 AM

An absolutly beautiful table! You did very well with its build. Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 04-13-2010 03:12 AM

Very unique and lovely build. Great job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 04-13-2010 06:40 AM

very creative base for this lovely table.. nice work…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#4 posted 04-13-2010 06:53 AM

Lovely table

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#5 posted 04-13-2010 07:21 AM

Ted, I love that table you did a awesome job. I also love your work shop i looked at you sight it is beautiful. One other thing i like is where you live, Colorado. I was in the army and stationed at FT Carson, Co for three years from 1993-1996 and i loved it there. When i retired i moved back to SC to take care of my mother. My wife and I talked if i did not have the great job i had now i would mover back to Co in a heart beat. We loved it there.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 07:46 AM


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#8 posted 04-13-2010 10:16 AM

What a great table! One of the best I have looked at on here. Nice job.

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

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#9 posted 04-13-2010 10:27 AM

Beautiful table and a work that really sets you apart as a woodworker. It is one thing to be able to shape wood to whatever you wish, it is quite another to cooperate with the wood and work with its natural shape and find utility in it.

Thank you for posting,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#10 posted 04-13-2010 02:46 PM

Great great table! One day I wish to do some pieces like yours myself, the wifey would love it. Thanks for adding to the drool in my beard. :-)=

-- wooley

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#11 posted 04-13-2010 02:55 PM

Very nice! What is it finished with?

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#12 posted 04-13-2010 04:09 PM

Jayp413, the base is finished with two applications of a natural danish oil stain and three coats of handrubbed Minwax gloss polyurethane. The top is finished with the same two coats of natural danish oil stain, but I didn’t like the look I got with the Minwax (after three coats it was still very dull and I wanted it to pop), so I decided to finish it with three coats of a water based gloss varnish. After everything cured, I lightly sanded the piece and applied a coat of wood wax to give it the satin feel. I’m very satisfied with the results.

To all the rest of you, thanks for the kind words. I really love being able to let the wood tell me what it wants to be. Whenever I go out to the raw materials pile, I try very hard to not “pick out” a piece, but, rather, I try to let the piece draw me to it. So far, I’ve been pretty happy with the way that process works. I’ve been told the pieces I make are more “functional art” than they are furniture, and that’s what I’m going to continue to strive for in everything I do. Thanks again!

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#13 posted 04-13-2010 09:55 PM

Looks great as usual!!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#14 posted 04-13-2010 10:16 PM

Outstanding. I really like what you’ve done. Makes me want to go for a walk in the woods right now and see if I can find any fallen cedars that would let me do something similar.

Do you have any tricks for cutting the base “square” and the three arms to the same height? I find that trying to get a single reference to measure from is one of the most difficult parts of using natural timbers.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#15 posted 04-13-2010 10:33 PM

swirt; the tricks I use are provided by a height adjustable router planer jig I posted at I tried just about everything else to no avail before coming up with this contraption including grinding, orbital sanding, belt sanding, and just plain cutting with the chain saw. The jig works really great, especially for pieces like this one. It is very labor intensive and time consuming on larger pieces like mantels, so be prepared if you decide to use it for that purpose. If used right, you can get an almost perfectly parallel top and bottom. When you set it up for the first time, you’ll need to shim to the angle of the base that you want, and then secure everything tightly to prevent the router bit from moving the piece during operation. I use bungees and/or tie downs for lighter weight pieces. Heavier weight pieces stay put pretty much on their own. After you finish with this cut, all you need to do is turn the piece upside down, secure it, and plane away to your heart’s content. You don’t even need to do any shimming for this planing function because you’ve already got a flat surface to work from when you turn the piece upside down. Hope I’m explaining this alright and that it helps.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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