Using up some of the "scrap" from the sawmill shed

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Project by Daren Nelson posted 2437 days ago 3616 views 7 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took some “during” pictures of this little table made from a busted honeylocust crotch and a little walnut. I just doweled/glued the base to the top.


Simple but sturdy lap joints on the stretcher/legs.


A little closer look at the butterflies. A few coats of Tung oil and it is done.



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#1 posted 2437 days ago

How is the top attached to the legs.

A great job. Looks nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#2 posted 2437 days ago

Sweet. I love the butterfly trestle echoing the butterfly splices. Clever.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 2437 days ago

Very neat design. Steve took the words right out of my mouth about the trestle.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 2437 days ago

Really creative and functional project. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 2437 days ago

dang this is amazing

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 2437 days ago

Nice display of scaps! Awesome job.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 2437 days ago

I love this sort of thing. The bowties are such a great way to save a beautiful piece of wood. Not only save it but enhance it. Wonderful job Daren.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Daren Nelson

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#8 posted 2437 days ago

I originally made the whole base out of honeylocust on the “dry fit”. But when you looked through big crack you saw the same colored wood, not at dramatic as seeing black, so I made that part out of walnut. And as I was making it, it dawned on me since the butterflies where walnut I should make it in the same shape. Kind of an as I went along project really. I wanted it to look simple. The legs are tapered to mimic 1/2 butterflies.


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#9 posted 2437 days ago

This is ‘right up my street’. I like it a lot. With that uncomplicated leg configuration, any movement of the top will I suppose be equalled by that of the legs. clever!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#10 posted 2437 days ago

nice lookin “scrap table ” ! scrap is just wood that no one has figured out how to assemble yet

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#11 posted 2437 days ago

Cool design! Thats a very original looking piece. Great job..but it does look a little “tippy”


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Daren Nelson

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#12 posted 2437 days ago

”but it does look a little “tippy””…it is some if you go and shake it back and forth (which I did in the shop), but in real life/use I don’t think it will be a problem. I even sat on it like a stool and it felt good, not unstable. But your are right in a house full of kids I would not want an expensive vase on it, I don’t have kids…or expensive vases ;).


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#13 posted 2437 days ago

Good lookin’ table Daren…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 2437 days ago

Now you need to get an expensive vase to compliment this outstanding table!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#15 posted 2437 days ago

Very nice!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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