WYE Coffee Table - Beuty on Rustic design

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 06-07-2010 12:20 AM 1351 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While on the road, I spotted this 1-1/4 thick of raw WYE-form in a furniture shop. Their expertise is to make tables and benches out of stumps and even up to the roots. Logging is banned in the Philippines, this is the reason why we utillize recycled and reclaimed with respect to the good hardwood.

I just straightened the edges and planed the top. The lower horizontal plane was Mango include the 4 vertical feet. The objective is to let it stand so I staggered the boards so each one can be nailed to each other to let it stand. Additional strengthening bracket on the joint gave confidence to me. Once done, I even stood and jumped on top. There was not much challenge on the assembly.

In an irregular shape outlumber works, my father is really great on this. I can see that, he collects all the wood that he needs and start planning in the mind how to join them taking into account the contour of the wood. I remember his words….”THE PLANES MUST BE ON TOP OR FRONT, THE REST CAN BE MADE.”

The second was how to plane, the warping will of the top will just be finished with 1” from original 1/4. A lot of manual planing was done. The TOP is really hard and grains are irregular. I bought a wood filler that is yellow and have it visible. It adds beauty to it.

The mango is very hard too so I need to use electric plane. The hard part is controlling the cut due the blade will is only 2 1/2 inches. TIP—THE FINAL PLANING, THE CUTTING DEPTH MUST BE ZERO or the blade is just touching the wood.


OVERALL SIZE 24” (Widest edge) x 16” (shorter edge) TOP and HEIGHT is 22”. It is now the center table of the Living room.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 03:14 AM

Bert… ganda pla nang kulay nang mango, hand planner lang ginamit mo dito ? natural varnish lng ba yan ?

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 04:55 AM

Natural lang yong gamit ko. Meron kakaibang epekto pag lagyan mo muna ng TUNG OIL. ZAP TUNG OIL ang available. Di siya natutuyo. I have to mix VALSPAR 1 part and TUNG OIL 1/4 part for finishing. Ika nga, it perks up the flavor using your own combination. Subok mo na lang. Mahal yong TUNG OIL.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 09:02 AM

Nice conservation and conversation project Bert.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#4 posted 06-07-2010 06:05 PM

a very nice unique rustic table Bert well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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