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Project by TexPenn posted 1414 days ago 3699 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Live Edge Freeform Bookmatched Walnut Coffee Table:
18 tall, 30 wide, 48 long. Bocote bowties. I bought the log from the Amish, milled it, dried it, & created this table.

I have many more 8/4 Walnut slabs around 18 wide & 8 to 11 feet long. If any of yall want a slab, drop me a line. I usually get 10.00 a B/F + shipping. I also have Hickory, Cherry, Sycamore, Hard & soft Maples, white Oak, Pine & others. I can also buy any kind of domestic hard or soft wood & mill it to your specs. Thanks for looking & dont forget my website: http://www.around-the-bend.com
& my eBay store at: http://stores.ebay.com/Around-The-Bend-Woodworks?_rdc=1

-- Ted, TX or PA www.around-the-bend.com





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RS Woodworks

464 posts in 1848 days


#1 posted 1414 days ago

Looks good to me! There are a few too many butterflies for my liking, but they certainly look good in the bocote!
My only (constructive) criticism would be that the top center butterflies should be better centered in the sapwood. While I appreciate that they are likely centered on the joint, going a little off center of the joint to be centered on the middle strip of sapwood might have given the piece more balance.
But again, it does look great!

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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HalDougherty

1820 posts in 1834 days


#2 posted 1414 days ago

Great looking table, and I like the butterflies just where they are. It might have looked better to trim out the sapwood in the center, but I like it just like it is. I’ll have to finish the maple bench I’ve got ready to cut the mortise in the top.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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RWJones

127 posts in 1474 days


#3 posted 1414 days ago

I’m with Hal. I like it just the way it is. I think putting the butterflies like you did actually shows of the natural qualities of what nature made. Sometimes, randomness is pure bliss! Love this piece. Nice work.

Roger

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TexPenn

441 posts in 2285 days


#4 posted 1414 days ago

Thanks guys! I tend to agree with ryan, but at around the bend the customer is king & they wanted extra butterflies so thats what they got!!!! as for placement, when your close in to the work its hard to catch something like that & besides it is 1/2 a dozen of one & 6 of another. Thanks again, Ted.

-- Ted, TX or PA www.around-the-bend.com

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jsquared

60 posts in 1634 days


#5 posted 1414 days ago

Another fine piece of work! I’d be happy to have produced something like that. Your work is always splendid to see and easy on the eyes! Let’s see some more.

-- Jsquared, Texas

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rivergirl

3198 posts in 1435 days


#6 posted 1414 days ago

Love your work Ted! This is a beautiful table and believe me- butterflies or no butterflies- I don’t think it would look bad in my house which happens to be all trimmed out in walnut. :) I think you should just bring on down to my place. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 1413 days ago

Reminds me of Nakashima’s work, very beautiful, love the natural look of the whole, I think Nakashima would also. Sapwood, butterflys and all. Very nice.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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daruco

50 posts in 1435 days


#8 posted 1413 days ago

I like it. how did you join the base to the top? I assume there is a board underneath the top connecting the two legs. Even so, with such a heavy top, how did you keep it from rocking without using a trestle-style stretcher?

-- dave : vermont

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TreeBones

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#9 posted 1413 days ago

Very cool. Looks like you have plenty more great looking projects in the background. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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TexPenn

441 posts in 2285 days


#10 posted 1412 days ago

Hi & thanks to all! The underside of the top is routed out 3/4” deep to accept each leg that is then attached to the top using 4” screws covered with 3/8” walnut plugs. Then on the inside of each leg there is a 45 degree angle brace 6” long & 8” wide, attached with 2.5” screws & again plugged with walnut 3/8” plugs. The top slabs are joined with #20 biscuts. & there you have it. No super fancy Nakashima joinery, but on the same token, a time tested method that works just fine. There are several other projects in the background that I will be posting in the next few days. Thanks again, Ted.

-- Ted, TX or PA www.around-the-bend.com

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learnin2do

866 posts in 1448 days


#11 posted 1386 days ago

please take my stupid table i started and make it pretty!

-- christine

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