end table from scrapwood

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Project by Pete Santos posted 01-04-2008 06:22 AM 2467 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got the Dipterocarp top (correction from original post – I had stated the top was mahogany) from Everything Wood – a wood recylcer in Kirkland, WA about 10 minutes from where I live. I got a board that was enough to make two tops but only one table is pictured here. Each table top is 21 inches long by 13 inches wide.

The apron is made from more of the salvaged wood from a bed trundle. (The very hard and heavy wood that I used in my triangle shelf project). See the shelf here

The legs are mahogany scraps that I got from a cabinet maker that went out of business last summer.

All three different woods had different color. The top was a beautiful red so it only has wipe on poly. The apron wood was very dark so I stained it with “red oak” stain and it matched nicely. The legs were a lot lighter so I gave it a coat of walnut stain and then hit it with three applications of the red oak stain and got it to match pretty well.

Pocket screws throughout – aprons to legs and aprons to top. I love the end grain on the top so instead of trying to hide it, I wanted it to be very visibile.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 06:29 AM

Very nice! I’d like to get a hold of some of that salvaged wood.

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

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 07:02 AM

Nice work Pete!

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#3 posted 01-04-2008 08:31 AM

Hey, nicely done! Thanks for the tip about Everything Wood, in Kirkland. That’s real close to me, too, but I’d not heard of it. For anything out of the ordinary in wood, I’ve been looking to Martin Lumber, in Everett, but I love using scrap wood, recycled from its past life. A jointer and planer made that option a real one.

-- GregS, Snohomish, WA ~ Some of life's greatest lessons I learned at my mother's knee; the rest I learned at other joints.

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#4 posted 01-04-2008 08:45 AM

Very nice table! I love mahogany. The best wood in the world to work with.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-04-2008 01:21 PM

I hate to think of that beautiful wood in terms of “scrap.” Nice table!

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#6 posted 01-04-2008 01:25 PM

you did great with the colour.
Beautiful little table.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 01-04-2008 03:41 PM

Great job, goes to show you not all materials need come direct from the tree. Well done.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#8 posted 01-04-2008 03:48 PM

Great use of materials and a very pleasing color.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 01-04-2008 06:22 PM

Very cool project! I need to get some of your scrap wood!


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#10 posted 01-04-2008 07:29 PM

Thanks everyone. I try to see diamonds in the rough. When I visited the wood recycler and saw the board, my mind saw two end tables. It was just a matter of putting it together with the other “scraps” I already have on hand.

I only buy “new” material for projects for customers. I try to use salvaged and recycled material for customer projects as much as I can though, but I don’t always have enough suitable material.

Every project I make for myself or my family uses salvaged and recycled material. It gives it extra special character because there will be a “story” behind it. Our dining set was made from materials that used to be beams in a factory in India.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#11 posted 01-04-2008 08:10 PM

Very beautiful, great wood. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#12 posted 01-04-2008 08:48 PM

Beautiful work Pete. The Dipterocarp top is stunning! The similar grains and expert staining really brings the different species together nicely. Thanks for the tip on this website, it is very informative and user friendly.

-- Steve Bartocci, Everything Wood, Recycled wood for woodworkers, 206-459-4300

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#13 posted 01-04-2008 09:33 PM

Any time I get my hands on wood that I can bring back to life, I jump on it. Thank god for old desk tops and broken furniture at garage sales.

-- making sawdust....

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#14 posted 01-06-2008 02:47 AM

The wood on the top is gorgeous. Nice job recycling wood.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 01-06-2008 05:13 AM

Hey Blake, your signature reminds me of the Scandanavian company that tried to market their vacuums in the U.S. but didn’t get a proper translation. Their add proclaimed that their vacuums really suck.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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