|Project by tkh||posted 09-18-2010 08:29 PM||3734 views||7 times favorited||18 comments|
For a wedding present for my daughter, I decided to make her a coffee table that would be one of a kind. It is made from 2 inch thick Walnut Burl (crotch) wood. The whole table is made from the same saw log. The top is actually 2 pieces joined in the middle, using a tongue and groove joinery method. Even though that this is a very strong joint I decided to mortise in 3”x 20” x 1/4” steel plates (2), underneath the top, going across the center joint equally. The Legs are mortised through the top, and splined. The top has Box Elder Bowties, to control checking, and to give visual appeal. The shelf underneath (for her cats) is moritised through the legs, acting like a stretcher, and old railroad spikes act as pins to lock strecher to legs.
The finish is Teak Oil, after sanding, and sanding, and sanding to 400 grit finish. The Teak Oil really brings out the Walnut grain and the Burl effect. I cut these pieces from one log that had a 3 limbs growing from 1 main trunk. I cut them on my portable bandsaw, and they airdried for over 2 years. As you can see from the last 2 pictures that I have more table material leftover. Currently workiing on my son’s wedding present, which is a Box Elder Slab, will have pictures soon. Thanks for showing this, Tim Heming.