Wildlife Scene Coffee Table

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Project by DLCW posted 02-20-2011 01:18 PM 4271 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started as an idea for a coffee table that was functional as well as totally unique. We decided to make this table out of western red cedar and douglas fir. The first part of the project was to design the scene that I thought would be interesting yet not cluttered. I used Vectric Ltd’s Aspire program to do the design work. After several iterations the design was finalized.

Then we glued up and surfaced the 8/4 WRC to get it ready for the CNC. I’ve found that my wide belt sander is now one of the most used tools in my shop as I prep material for the CNC. Material has to be flat and of consistent thickness to work right.

The next step was to put the big slab of WRC on the table and figure out a way to clamp it down while the carving took place. The carving took about 23 hours on the CNC then another 8 hours by hand to perform undercuts of the CNC work to show a more 3D effect for the animals in the carving. While the machine carving was taking place I cut and milled the material for the aprons and the table legs. One of the beauties of the CNC is that it can be working on one part of the project while I’m working on another part. It’s like having an employee that doesn’t mind working overtime and never asks for a lunch break or time off. :-)

Once all the machine and hand carving and sanding was complete I went to work on the staining process. This took about 2 days with most of that time “watching paint dry”. When the staining was done I added 3 coats of ML Campbell satin conversion varnish and then assembled the table. There is a piece of glass to cover the top but it had to be removed for photographic purposes (to much glare).

This was a fun, challenging and rewarding project to do. I have not sold it so I can show it to lots of people and I get LOTS of WOW’s when they see it.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 02:04 PM

Beautiful looking table. Very nicely done. I used to do wildlife glass sand blasted doors on all my gun cabinets if you care to look. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 03:48 PM

Beautiful Table. Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Marty Ohio

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 04:42 PM

Very nice table. I recently discovered “museum glass”, it has no glare and looks like there is not even glass there. That may work for your table to be easily viewed, but it is expensive.

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

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 04:49 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 06:03 PM

Wow now that is talent! Very well done I love it….

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

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 08:53 PM

Nice job! Very unique. Your posts today are giving me CNC envy big time…

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#7 posted 02-20-2011 09:52 PM

Very nifty! Would look great in a log cabin or whatnot. Well done!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#8 posted 02-22-2011 10:44 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments!

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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