|Project by RockyBlue||posted 06-16-2011 02:28 AM||10869 views||13 times favorited||16 comments|
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.
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