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Primitive, Rustic, Shaker style coffee table with Mahogany top

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Project by rivergirl posted 04-12-2011 02:46 PM 2878 views 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Primtive,Rustic-Shaker style coffee table. The top is made from a unique piece of distressed repurposed MAHOGANY. The pics do not do this table justice. I wll have to retake the photos in better light. I have to say this table is one of my favorite pieces to date. (A nod to Div and his table goes here.) The dimensions are appoximately 39 inches long by 13 inches wide and 18 inches high. Base is pine, painted and distressed; top is finished with 4+ low gloss tung oil.

-- 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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saddletramp

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 02:51 PM

rivergirl wrote: “The pics do not do this table justice.”

Good grief, if it actually looks better than the pictures which are really quite stunning, then I am just speachless.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 02:52 PM

nice coofffeeeee table

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ellen35

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 02:52 PM

Wow! That is one nice piece of cherry!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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rivergirl

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 02:55 PM

Thanks you guys and gals. I have to say it again- I love this table and if I had somewhere to put it I would be so tempted to keep it for myself. I have another piece of this cherry that I am going to use for another table just like this one. :)

-- 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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patron

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 03:05 PM

looks like you are back in your element

you are using more ‘re-purposed wood’

so more joinery techniques

which do you find easier to do
this or stick M&T

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 04-12-2011 03:15 PM

I have to be honest David- this type of building is so much EASIER than log and slab. I have some slabs drying now that I look at and think—ho hum.. I am just going to have to man the f** up and tackle you slab. The log/slab is labor intensive from start to finish- nothing is square or level and I have to go and CUT THE trees. I agree with you regarding back in the element. I thought the same thing. It was like ahhhhhhhhhhhhh a piece of beautiful old wood with tung oil! But I think I married the 2 genres together- primitive with the rustic top- so it will be interesting to see if anyone else likes it-meaning will they see it and actually buy it.

Do you any of you out there think any other color besides black would work for the base? I want to build another one and would like to do it a little different. I can’t leave the base la naturel that would look bad red would clash with the cherry top I think? And I am kind of sick of red right now.

-- 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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#7 posted 04-12-2011 03:20 PM

nice job

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 04-12-2011 03:56 PM

That is very eye-catching. I’d love to see more and bigger photos.

Dark brown is the only other neutral color I can envision for the base. BUT… if you had a specific location in mind where some other color was a dominant theme, I think you could use pretty much any color that would tie in to the surroundings.

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

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rivergirl

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#9 posted 04-12-2011 04:07 PM

Charlie, I can take more photos- what would like me to show?

-- 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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#10 posted 04-12-2011 04:16 PM

That is one beautiful coffee table, Kelly gal. The wood is beautiful and I like the design. How in the world do you come up with all of these ideas? Have you made some progress on your shop? Don’t forget that because someone as busy as you needs a good sound workspace so keep us posted. Go get ‘em, rivergirl.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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WoodArtbyJR

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#11 posted 04-12-2011 04:23 PM

Very nice Kelly. It’s not easy finding a nice slab of cherry like that.

Jim

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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rivergirl

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#12 posted 04-12-2011 04:34 PM

When I bought a mess of tools on craigslist this winter for like 100 bucks or so, I also got a pickup load of boards with the deal. This board (and a couple more similar to it) was in the pile. Charles, I just hunt around online to find ideas then I use what I have to make it my way. In this case- Divs table helped me along. As for the shop.. uh.hmm… welllllllllllllll… let’s just say I have a space in the garage that I use when it is 50 degrees or warmer. Hoping to get something figured out this summer so I don’t suffer like I did last winter. This week we have had a couple of 50-60 degree days. Today the thermometer says 50 but it is drizzling and the wind is blowing so it feels much cooler but it is dry in the garage and I have lights in there. I am ready for summer. :)

-- 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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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 04-12-2011 04:48 PM

Kelly, I’d like a closer view or two showing how the base and legs are made. The other angles you took are good, but a larger size would show it off better.

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

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rivergirl

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#14 posted 04-12-2011 05:00 PM

The base is just a rectangle of 4 boards- but jointed together glued, nailed. The legs go inside the frame. I just made my own pattern for the legs- used a 4X4. The top is glued to the frame and 4 “L” brackets underneath to connect top to frame. Really very very simple and easy to build with a circular saw/jig saw. I don’t have a table saw or anything like that, so I have to keep it simple. I will take some pics when I get a second so check back. :)

-- 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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#15 posted 04-12-2011 05:13 PM

What a stunning bench top! Nice job, Kelly. I have a question: if you used pine for the base, do you epoxy the bottoms of the legs or anything, to prevent moisture from wicking up into the leg boards? There are sealers you can pour into four glass jars 1” deep and just stand the leg boards in them to soak it up. Even Thompson’s WaterSeal, or diluted yellow glue would help. It should prevent rot of the pine legs, at least for quite some time. Just a suggestion!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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