Prototype waterfall coffee table

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 09-30-2017 11:14 PM 1641 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have to make a couple waterfall benches and had never made one. So I decided to practice before doing the customers. My joint isn’t great, but I know now how to do it better/ right. Tips from Charles Neil will make future ones much better.

This is a slab of my poplar with walnut (one maple) butterflies. This poplar has some great grain pattern in it.

Thanks for reading and all comments and suggestions are welcome.

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

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#1 posted 09-30-2017 11:40 PM

Looks like a real challenge to make Monte but a cool design.

Can you share the tips Charles gave you?

-- wood crafting & classes

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#2 posted 10-01-2017 12:22 AM

Not bad at all on the first try. I hear these are getting more popular. Very nice selection of wood and the bow ties down the dark grain looks like a kite tail.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 10-01-2017 12:24 AM

Monte good hunting, learning and send Murphy on an errand. LOL! I’m thinking replace the metal support with a wooden one to keep the cohesion in the design?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 10-01-2017 01:43 AM

Nice tight bevel joint, Monte. The prototype was a success!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 10-01-2017 02:17 AM

For a Prototype it looks great! I think you got this Monte!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 10-01-2017 02:46 AM

well for the first id say your on the path to success buddy.yeah work on the joint,maybe smoke one!then get out and make the perfect one as usual! normally I don’t like metal legs on tables but I think this works pretty well.congrats.

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

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#7 posted 10-01-2017 03:10 AM

The joint could be much better. I had a lot of problems cutting the bevel. If you watch Charles’s videos, he always says to sneak up on it. Make multiple passes instead of trying to plow through in one pass.

I use dowels not dominoes like they show in seemingly all of the videos. I put 10 dowels in the joint. Gotta be virtually perfect lining up the holes.

If you watched Charles video on faux live edge, the front and one side was done this way.

Metal legs – while I love my wood, it’s what customers want. Modern Organic (used to be Modern Rustic) seems to appeal to the largest sector of the buying public.

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

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#8 posted 10-01-2017 03:11 AM

Looks awesome to me Monte…you did a great first waterfall table and i know your client will be happie

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#9 posted 10-01-2017 03:25 AM

LOL! Monte your doing a great job!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 10-01-2017 03:32 AM

Thanks for the tips Monte ,It seems I saw Charles use and oversize 45-degree router bit on the counter in crystal’s house waterfall countertop.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#11 posted 10-01-2017 11:02 AM

Mastering a new challegen is always rewarding, you did a great job, congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 10-01-2017 01:18 PM

Monte, this is a fantastic table and the wood is beautiful. You have done a fine job on it and it displays a lot of character and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 10-01-2017 05:58 PM

Good looking table, Monte! I like the ‘kite’ description, Dave!

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 10-02-2017 07:45 PM

Hi Monte,
That is one wonderful bench and I think you have the touch down pat and see your joint as a challange.

Now, there are two things that I would like to see you correct; 1) is that in the string of butteflies, (like a kite tail) you missed one small one to make the chain uniform, big small big small etc. and … 2) that one maple piece among all the walnut just doesn’t fit at all, But that is just my eye and you may have done it that way as an artistic thing.

Still, all in all it’s a gorgeous piece

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#15 posted 10-02-2017 10:56 PM

If this is the prototype, I can’t wait to see the final table! The waterfall edge looks good—and I love those butterflies!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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