Beetle Kill Pine Slab Coffee Table

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Project by RockyBlue posted 01-11-2011 01:01 AM 3984 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was fun to make, but weighs quite a bit. The top is 3” thick Beetle Kill with bark on both edges.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 01:06 AM

This is what beautiful primitive work is all about. Beautiful slab of wood, well thought out, outstanding execution… superb woodworking Rocky.

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

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 04:28 AM

Wonderful looking wood and project.

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 07:53 AM

Looks good! How did you end up securing the bark along the edge so it doesn’t get knocked off?

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#4 posted 01-11-2011 08:41 AM

Very nice job using the beetle kill wood. Is It ponderosa pine or lodgepole. By the size of your creations I will wager ponderosa, but there are some large lodgepole pines out there. Or is it a completely different species?

I been playing around with blue stained lodgepole pine making chests and I like it. I just wish I had access to the really colorful logs. For the longest time we burnt the logs and didn’t even think about woodworking with it. But now I see the true beuty of the contrast of the blueness of the streaking in the wood. Very nice job with all your projects.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#5 posted 01-11-2011 05:44 PM

agartzke, I put about 7 coats of Diamond poly on the top and sides to secure the bark, but recently I used a bar top epoxy to finish my “Table Saw” and will use this in the future as it is much thicker and will seal much better.
The epoxy is similar to “mirror coat”, but I found it on Ebay way cheaper and would definitely recommend it.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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