Rustic coffee table

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Project by Ricksfaith posted 06-13-2011 04:10 AM 2665 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rustic style with an art-deco combo. The highly finished red gum top has a glass finisn in poly-urathane with distressed edging. The remarkable graining as well as the worm tracking make up the asthetic appeal. The magazine rack underneath is of red alder. The top is a full 1 7/8” thick quarter-sawn red gum (satin walnut) The name satin walnut comes from the National Forestry Service. As you can tell, there is alot of figuring in the american red gum and that is the reason I like working with it. This table weighs about 70 lbs. The width is 16 1/2’ x 15 1/2” high x 58” in length. The tenons in the legs were made with one on those tenon makers and the rest is dowled together making it with no metal fasteners, screws or nails.

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#1 posted 06-13-2011 06:52 AM

What a beautiful slab for a top. Nice Job.

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#2 posted 06-13-2011 10:16 AM

Real sweet job.

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#3 posted 06-13-2011 12:44 PM

Nice piece of work love the finish.

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#4 posted 06-13-2011 01:56 PM

Beautiful – great design and build!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 06-13-2011 08:12 PM

Great design, great fininish, great photos! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#6 posted 06-13-2011 09:29 PM

Wonderful piece of work. Great combination of rustic and refined.

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#7 posted 06-14-2011 03:29 AM

One of the nicest tables Ive ever seen and a new wood to me. any more details on how you achieved that finish with poly? Your other red gum table is also pretty special. Im going to look into red gum. I dont think it grows here.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 06-15-2011 04:41 PM

Thats a great slab table. How did you clean up the edges to finish? It still looks very natural but there must have been lots of gunk to smooth out?

I was thinking of doing a slab myself and have been wondering how to keep a nice rough edge like yours yet finished glassy, again like yours.

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#9 posted 06-15-2011 07:52 PM

Beautiful table with a great finish. If you could find the time to do a blog on your finishing process would be great.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 09-21-2011 04:34 AM

That table is badass, finish looks awesome.

-- Joseph Stephens

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#11 posted 12-11-2011 06:23 AM

that is one cool table!! I love stuff like that!

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