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Beetle Kill Pine Slab Dining Table Live Edge & Saw Inlay

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Project by RockyBlue posted 06-16-2011 02:28 AM 10568 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really enjoyed making this. The 2 bookmatched sides of the top are from a tree that fell in the road blocking our exit from hunting camp. I sure taught that tree a lesson! The midde and end pieces of the top as well as the apron are from a tree we took down at our mining claim in the mountains. It matches my coffee table quite nicely. It measures just over 7’x3’ and about 32” tall and is quite heavy.

Top: After gluing the top together, I hand scraped the entire surface to bring out the saw marks from the circular mill. After applying the watco natural danish oil, they don’t stand out as much as I hoped, but I can still see them.
The two 6’ two-man saws came from a farm in Illinois. I routered a 1/8” deep pocket for them to sit in. I hand scraped the sides to show the beetle trails and holes in the edge of the top and also the apron. While doing this to the top with a draw-knife in the driveway, the top fell over and a big knot fell out. I could have glued it back in, but it was perfectly round and went clear thru the top, so I tapped the other matching one out as well. Now my little boy has somewhere to but his broccoli. After the watco, I did one layer or poly to protect the color when I added the bar coating. Then I sealed all the knots from the bottom. One layer of epoxy to fill in around the teeth and seal the top, then a finish layer to make it level and bubble free. My wife was kind enough to let me do the bar coating in our bedroom! Nice dust free environment.

The legs were turned from 6”x6” stock and coated with watco and 3 coats of gloss poly. If you care to watch me make a leg in 2 minutes click here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mud7kn6mxg
I used Lee Valley 3 3/4” Slipstick Grippers on the bottom of the legs to prevent scratches and keep it from moving.

I will have to make chairs to match this someday, but still looking for a design.

KID TESTED

Mother Approved Check out those sexy legs( on the table).

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





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Willie1031

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 03:10 AM

What’s that table made out of? Magic? It’s amazing. I respect that you use the trees you dropped or were already dropped.

I hate to sound like a rookie, but I am. What did you cover the table with? Some type of clear coat.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 03:17 AM

Well done on the whole project. The legs you must have done on the lathe, they look perfect with the table.
Arlin

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Josh

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 03:39 AM

very nice, Rockyblue. I hate what those beetles are doing to our tree population but I love the effects!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 03:44 AM

Absolutely beautiful table anyone would be proud to have in their home. Loved the broccoli comment. We used the bulldog for broccoli disposal when I was a kid.

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

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 04:08 AM

Very beautiful! Did you copy the shape of the legs on the other table? Did you also build the other table? I looked at your other projects, very nice.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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RockyBlue

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#6 posted 06-16-2011 04:22 AM

I did copy the legs on the table in the background. It’s just a table I purchased. As soon as I make charis it will be gone. The coating I use is found here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310186223912&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
Its way cheaper than Mirror Coat. The description they give looks intimidating at first, but its not too bad.
I turned the legs on my trusty old Rockwell.

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

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Willie1031

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#7 posted 06-16-2011 05:36 AM

Thank you so much…do you think it would be good for a cutting board or is a shellac a better idea?

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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RockyBlue

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#8 posted 06-16-2011 06:05 AM

Willie 1031
I would’t consider this coating to be “food safe”. I don’t know much about cutting boards, but you came to the right place, just search LVDT (legless vegatable death trays) on here and you will find your answer for a safe finish.

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

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huntter2022

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#9 posted 06-16-2011 02:35 PM

Nice legs ! All dressed up and Saying it is Mineeeeeeeeeeeeee ! Oh great job on the table. Like how you added the saw blades in it .

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#10 posted 06-16-2011 08:22 PM

That table is amazing. Love the look with the old saw blades recessed in it. Very nice work!

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#11 posted 06-16-2011 10:09 PM

This looks absolutely great! I bet that slab for the top was fun to resaw.

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#12 posted 06-17-2011 02:41 PM

We had a beetle problem at some of the forest areas here in Alabama a few years ago. For now, they seem to have it under control, but it is a problem. What the beetles don’t kill, the kudzu takes over in these parts. Anyway, I love that wood on this project. That is quite amazing. I’m loving the use of the old saw blades in there. That’s a nice touch. Did you actually inset the saw blade (sounds like a real tedious task) or are they on the surface of the wood and then just use a self leveling finish to cover them? Very nice work and love those legs (on the table of course).

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#13 posted 06-22-2011 04:21 PM

did you router the pocket for each tooth, or was the gaps filled?

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#14 posted 06-22-2011 06:02 PM

I did not router around the individual teeth, I would still be at it now if I did ! I did one big pocket for the whole saw to sit in and filled around the teeth with the first coat of epoxy.

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

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#15 posted 07-01-2011 01:13 AM

Great Craftmanship,thats one fine Table,good job my friend…

-- BarnwoodBARNEY Texas USA

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