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Project by MBHaysKS posted 05-09-2010 at 09:38 PM 2499 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my students built this butcher block coffee table in class this year. He was a freshman! We built a router jig to level the top and bottom of the top . There is 726 pieces in the top and he spent all of first semester on just the top. The base is built from cherry and the middle shelf has two dutchmen in it. One is round the other is oval to match the grain in one of the adjacent pieces. The top is built from two species of cherry, walnut and maple. At the Industrial Arts Fair he received a blue ribbon and a rosette medal. The legs were attached to the aprons/stringers with the Festool Domino Joiner and the shelves were attached with pocket screws. This was modeled after one we saw in the May/June 2009 issue of Fine Woodworking.





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closetguy

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 at 10:02 PM

That’s pretty cool. What is the table top dimension?

-- I don't make mistakes, only design changes....www.dgmwoodworks.com

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tyskkvinna

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 at 10:05 PM

that’s beautiful! And just a freshman – wow.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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#3 posted 05-09-2010 at 11:01 PM

I wish this old guy started at your age and talent. It looks like we have a star in the making. Great looking table.

-- Bruce, Arnold MD bjordan443@aol.com

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#4 posted 05-10-2010 at 12:02 AM

Wow! I sure hope you gave him an A in the course!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 05-10-2010 at 07:57 AM

Very Cool – Nice Job !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 05-10-2010 at 08:45 AM

Thats a beautiful coffee table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 05-10-2010 at 09:22 AM

This would really come in handy while watching The Food Network! Just kidding.

Seriously though, that’s initiative right there! Glad the project was seen through and he was recognized for all of those hours of hard work on such a great piece.

Has this student been woodworking for a while, or do they have an interest in pursuing this as more than a hobby? That is impressive for a freshman in high school, for sure.

How was this piece finished?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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MBHaysKS

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#8 posted 05-10-2010 at 10:50 AM

Closetguy – The dimensions for the top are 35” x 22.5” x 1.5”

Jonathan – His dad does some hobby woodworking. I have mentioned to him about going into the Industrial Arts Department at the college I went to.

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#9 posted 05-10-2010 at 10:59 AM

I see. It appears as though the horse has ventured near the edge of the water. Now, will he drink? Guess he’s got plenty of time to decide where his passions lie.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 05-10-2010 at 12:43 PM

Man…I wish our industrial arts teacher let us do things like this. Beautiful job!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#11 posted 05-10-2010 at 04:31 PM

Very nice! Its nice to here that some schools in Kansas still teach Woodworking.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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