Unusual and slightly rustic Walnut, Curly Maple and Mahogany coffee table

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Project by Matt Pec posted 11-19-2010 07:01 PM 2590 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project I’ve done using my own milled lumber (except for the legs). It’s a coffee table for some young friends who just moved into their 1st apt. together. I used mostly scrap wood or miscuts: the Curly Soft Maple base was actually going to be the top but I hated the way the Minwax Colonial Maple stain came out and decided to flip it over since the underside looked better! The Walnut top was a slightly warped board, end to end, which you can see in the pics. It’s fine for a coffee table though since it’s only a minor warp.

The legs were Mahogany scraps laying around from kindling I give to my firewood customers. I save the bigger, thicker pieces for stuff like this since my leg-making still stinks for now. The curl on the Maple base is awesome though tough to see in the pics. The legs are joined to base and top with dowels…kind of made me nervous but after glue-up everything is pretty solid. Overall, for my first piece of real indoor furniture, I’m very pleased with the result. It has kind of a rustic, ancient Chinese/Japanese/Buddhist temple look to it. I guess I got lucky!

-- hswoodcutting, "Catchy sayings are fun but I'm in it for the wood."

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#1 posted 11-19-2010 08:16 PM

Very nice table they should like it!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 04:39 PM

The taple top slab has some nice graining.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 11-20-2010 04:59 PM

This is “slightly” rustic? LOL This is a good first attempt and I like the top board, but I would have flipped it over and then planed it level- or closer to level. And I am not sure why you added the bottom board under the legs? If it were higher up on the legs it could be a shelf or something but I am not understanding the purpose of the bottom board?

-- 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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#4 posted 11-21-2010 04:17 PM

Looks great, I am sure they will appreciate it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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