Table Scraps

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Project by dennis mitchell posted 02-02-2007 10:32 PM 2703 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been meaning to post these for awhile. My butcher block tables are made out of oak, walnut, maple, and cherry scraps. I built two end tables and a coffee table. The legs are two 8/4 glued back to back, stained walnut (minwax). I used a conversion varnish finish. Great table for having kids. They are about indestructible and have nice rounded corners. I also made a matching cutting board for the kitchen which just gets an oiled finish.

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#1 posted 02-02-2007 10:53 PM

Good use of scrap material. I use mine for smoke for BBQ.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 02-02-2007 11:39 PM

beautiful, functional, gorgeous!!

now.. hmmm.. adding a lip to catch the flour and I think this might just do the trick for my breadmaking. What do you think, Karson??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 02-03-2007 12:41 AM

Beautiful Dennis, it looks like it’s related to the Guitar I made.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 02-03-2007 02:38 AM

Hi Dennis;
—-nice use of table scraps!

I’m wondering, what is your take on the use of ‘conversion varnish’?

-- --frank, NH,

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#5 posted 02-03-2007 02:42 AM

Outstanding Dennis –

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#6 posted 02-03-2007 04:17 AM

It would do that Debbie. But, the table legs might make it a bit high for your counter :>)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 02-03-2007 05:45 AM

This looks A-bomb proof!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 02-03-2007 06:04 PM

Thanks everyone. Frank the conversion varnish is very much a commercial finish. It is great for a kitchen. I would not use any other finish for cabinets in a high use area. I would suggest its use only by people with experiance spraying finishes. It can be very tricky. Over time it will ruin your spray guns. Very nasty smelling fumes! Maybe some day I’ll do up a blog thingy on it…

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#9 posted 02-03-2007 06:48 PM

Just one more very good reason to recycle. Very nice looking!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 04-17-2007 07:27 PM

Scrap wood nothing this is art, Dennis. Great job. Like Don says, bet a bomb wouldn’t hurt it at all.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 04-17-2007 07:32 PM

Excellent. I love the contrast of the woods.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#12 posted 04-17-2007 10:42 PM

Outstanding! Great use of scrap material (is there such a thing a “scraps”?!!)


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#13 posted 08-27-2007 03:45 AM

What a terrific looking table, Dennis! Definitely great use of “scrap” wood! I’ll definitely be building one of these someday. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Robb

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#14 posted 08-31-2007 04:20 PM

I’m glad this one came back around in Pulse. That’s just great!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 09-21-2007 10:21 AM

Thanks for letting me know about this scrap table…there’s something really warm about it….perhaps it is the mass…or just the variety of wood…it seems homey and friendly. And thanks for your comment on my blogpost.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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