Stone Stream Table

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Project by Ryan posted 07-19-2010 06:19 PM 3843 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table shows the stream that not water is flowing but all type of stones are flowing.
At the beginning of the stream, stones get in the stream, mostly big and tall.
As the stones are rolling down the stream, those get rounded, lowered, smoothed, so
look like imbedded in the stream bed. By the time, the stone stream is exiting, they are
pretty much reduced in size and show flat round shapes.
I just think of life and I may rename as “Life stream”.

I tried to simulate the natural erosion process in the stream on this table. Used all types of
woods to make stones and all stones are hand sculptured. Since this is a stone stream table, only
the stone stream has to be emphasized that I did not do any fancy works in the supporting
parts such as legs and aprons.

Table top is hard maple and bottom part is walnut.
Finished with polyurathane three times.
Last picture was taken from back side and has matching cat tails accessory.

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 06:39 PM

Wonderfull creative idea. I like

The cattails in the last shot is also nice detail.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#2 posted 07-19-2010 06:55 PM

Looks so Cool, To Bad its a dry riverbed !!! :)

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

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 07:55 PM

Good idea. Great design.

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 07:59 PM

Very nice and creative.

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#5 posted 07-19-2010 08:00 PM

This is great I love it..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 07-19-2010 08:01 PM

Very creative and well thought out.

I appreciate you explaining our though process here.

And the fact that you kept the rest of the table simple so as not to distract the eye from the main attraction was a good move, in my opinion.

I like the cat tails as well.

-- 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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#7 posted 07-19-2010 09:08 PM

Hmmm. I’m surprised you made a table out of it. It would be outstanding as a hanging piece. But I like the idea that it’s a table that’s not a table for anything else. It made me uneasy at first. Makes me reevaluate my aversion to people’s ingrained need to put something, anything and lots of it, on a flat surface. Wouldn’t be throwing purse, keys or mail on this one, though someone might end up putting their miniature frog collection on it. I’ve always thought we should tilt furniture tops so they can’t collect all the junk we accumulate, maybe leaving on one small area for something to display-how about a curved table top that has only one smallish area flat? I see a lot of possibilities for expanding your idea, and I’m intrigued and disturbed by it. Masterfully done.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#8 posted 07-19-2010 09:10 PM

I was thinking, how about a supporting stand with one side much higher than another and this type of top cascading down?

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#9 posted 07-19-2010 09:24 PM

This is excellent. Love it. My MIL is a rock collector and loves wood as well. Better not show her this or she’ll beg me to make one for her ;) Maybe one day in my “free time”

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#10 posted 07-19-2010 10:01 PM

This is a start of one idea, and I think there is a lot of room for improvement(?).
Especially I’m thinking of building a cascade tabel using this stone stream.

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#11 posted 07-19-2010 10:07 PM

I could have sworn that the stones were the real thing, until I read about it.

Very creative, Barb thinks it’s AWESOME!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 07-20-2010 05:53 AM

A very original idea! Well done!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 07-20-2010 07:25 AM

Have to agree with Dick and Barb, Thought they were real stones until I read it.

Great job. Love the design and story. Nice build.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#14 posted 07-22-2010 07:39 PM

Love the design on this and beautiful execution. Very break-the-mold….just awesome.

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

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#15 posted 08-03-2010 07:37 PM

A new idea! very nice!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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