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Project by Div posted 04-17-2011 10:40 PM 2982 views 10 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch


1790L x 400W x 360H

Banksia and Salmon Gum

Another piece currently on display at the “Out of the wood” exhibition. Since natural organic lines are always popular, I had to do something in that line…. Besides, everybody loves those butterfly keys! This coffee table was inspired by the work of the Japanese American woodworker, George Nakashima, specifically his well known Minguren table. No better way to show off the natural beauty of the wood! The timber I used is known as Banksia (Banksia marginata) which is indigenous to Australia where it is apparently quite rare. I was fortunate indeed to obtain just a few boards from an Australian friend who immigrated to SA. He had some dying Banksia trees on his property which he felled, milled and brought with him. It is very likely that this is the only example of the timber in my country (apart from the bookcase I made for the Australian in exchange for the timber!) The keys are Salmon Gum, also indigenous to Australia, also from my friend.

For once I remembered to take a photo midway through construction. Picture #5 shows all the components ready for final assembly.

As always, comments, critique and suggestions are welcome.

PS. I am very happy to say that the response to the furniture component of this exhibition has been so good that the gallery decided to extend the exhibition by another month. Furthermore, they have decided to make it an annual event! Myself and the 4 other furniture makers/designers are very excited about this!!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 11:00 PM

Unique piece with wonderful timber so very well done. I assume the dimensions are millimeters ?

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 11:00 PM

great good fortune

better get busy
twice as long exhibit
requires twice as much work

here’s to you doing your own work
and just delivering
when you finish it

-- 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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#3 posted 04-17-2011 11:02 PM

another great looking piece :-)

and congrat´s to all of you with the exstra month
and now you know there will be an annual exhibition you have
the best condition for beat yourself … :-) making a few piece´s of art every month

take care

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 11:10 PM

It’s beautiful , but before reading your post , I thought it was a shelf of sorts as it appears to be floating with nothing for reference…sorry.
It is an awesome design and the color and grain are totally gorgeous : )
From now on , I’m going to read the post and then look at the pics LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 11:26 PM

Div@ this looks like when you want to make a precis dowetail…....Its right on track !!!

I love the butterflykeys and in sush a piece of wood its perfekt!

Excellent design!

Ps this one i need to store in my favorites

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 11:32 PM

Fantastic looking wood and a great looking project. I’m impressed!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 04-17-2011 11:32 PM

A1JIM, thank you sir. Yes, dimensions are in millimetres. Divide by 25.4 to get inches.

Patron, unfortunately they won’t be taking in new work during this period :^( Pieces that sell, stay on exhibit untill the end. I like what you say in the 2nd paragraph!

Dennis, thanks. Yes, if only they can sell as fast as we make them…!

Dusty, sorry man. It’s a case of poverty, can’t afford a proper photographer, so I tweak the background with Photoshop to make my pics half presentable…Thanks for the kind words.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#8 posted 04-17-2011 11:36 PM

Napoleon, thanks dude. You should try those butterfly keys. Easy to do and everyone loves them!

Hal, you can easily cut boards like this with your new sawmill! A nice slab of 2” thick walnut, maybe with some crotch figure in it….!!!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#9 posted 04-18-2011 12:05 AM

Seems like everything you make comes out magnificent! I’m impressed. Hope things go your way and you have more than you can handle!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 04-18-2011 01:12 AM

It’s all been said Div, Just add my kudos to the list. I like the “warmth” it exudes.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#11 posted 04-18-2011 04:42 AM


As someone who knows a little about George Nakashima, I feel comfortable to say that George would most certainly approve and appreciate the acknowledgement. This is a beautiful blend of wood in it’s natural and hand formed elements. Very organic, very warm and inviting, The contrast of natural contours and precisely milled surfaces. Butterfly keys! Wonderful curves and grain pattern. And then think about the journey from Australia to SA.

I hope this one sold handsomely.

Best wishes for a Happy Easter to you and your family.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#12 posted 04-18-2011 11:59 AM

The wood is spectacular, the design is wonderful. What I like best is the overall warmth of the piece. I am guessing there is no room on earth that would not be made more comfortable by the addition of this table. Thank you for posting.

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#13 posted 04-18-2011 12:24 PM

What a wonderful table!
I love the wood, the finish and the fact you stopped early, this table has the simplicity that we love from the Japanese.
The dovetails are like butterflys over a river, perhaps even dragonflys.
Sooooo nice!
Best of my thoughts my dear brother,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 04-18-2011 12:25 PM

I will be a happy man if I just once in my life had the chance to work with wood that beautiful, and then in it’s purest form.
I also hope it will bring you a fair price.
Big smile.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 04-18-2011 01:31 PM

Lovely lovely! More stuff to sell at the exhibit!!! Yippeee!!!! And I agree that a smaller version of this would make a great coat rack/shelf. Maybe an idea for using up some cool smaller pieces of wood some other time.

-- 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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