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Project by parkertables posted 03-19-2011 10:09 PM 1787 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This coffee table is made from cypress cistern lumber. I stumbled upon a salvage master from south Louisiana who had all of the original vertical boards from a cistern. (old water collector) Years later I found the two cypress boards that make up the top from another antique lumber dealer. The curve on the ends of the top are the original radius ends of the bottom of the cistern. I start by making the top, then build the base to fit that. This piece has a hand rubbed oil finsih. It now sits in a completely restored home that was flooded near the 15th st. canal breach in New Orleans, La. following hurricane katrina.

-- www.parkertables.com





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yooper

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#1 posted 03-19-2011 11:45 PM

Great stuff! Good job. I really like it when people can incorporate old wood into projects.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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lew

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#2 posted 03-20-2011 02:53 AM

Knowing where the materials come from is a really neat addition to the “story” of a project!

Beautiful table- nice “old Ironsides” model, too.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Popsnsons

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 03:04 AM

That’s a great looking table. It has a rustic look.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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Karson

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 03:12 AM

Great story. I love the design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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longgone

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#5 posted 03-20-2011 05:32 AM

Nice table and good use of old lumber. FYI, that was the 17th St canal that broke. Lived a few blocks from there

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parkertables

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#6 posted 03-20-2011 06:23 AM

I knew I had that number wrong. I don’t know why, since we heard it every day for years. Did you make it back to NOLA?

-- www.parkertables.com

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workerinwood

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#7 posted 03-20-2011 03:50 PM

Great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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obi999

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#8 posted 03-21-2011 10:23 AM

Really cool table, like the style, the wood, your job!!
Thank you for sharing

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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garlandkr

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#9 posted 12-12-2015 04:38 PM

Incredible, great finds!

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