Goncalo Alves Side Tables

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Project by ChandlerClan posted 12-04-2011 04:24 PM 3443 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This post is a little bit long in coming, but it was one of my favorite projects. The body is made out of goncalo alves and the top and handle were made out of granite. The face of the drawer is goncalo alves and rest of the drawer is baltic birch. I wanted to try my hand out at building without hardware, so the whole project was constructed by interlocking pieces and glue. I was able to find some left over pieces of granite at a local counter top shop. They went as far as to let me come into the shop and chip the tops by myself. Also, one of my neighbors works at the counter top shop, and he managed to make some handles for me. It was a great project, but I didn’t plan on the total weight. I think that altogether each side table weighs over 100 lbs. I ended up finishing with several coats of teak oil and then some hand rubbed urethane. My brother did an amazing job of putting the final coats of finish on.

-- Chandler Clan

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 04:31 PM

Looks professional to me. Very cool finish. Like the granite tops. Those tables won’t be pushed around much !

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#2 posted 12-04-2011 04:56 PM

Great looking tables, very nicely built & finished. Like the bold woodgrain.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 05:03 PM

Pretty convenient. You can do your sharpening whiile you watch TV. ;D

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 12-04-2011 06:36 PM

The tops are awesome with the mirror finish and chipped edges .
Nice build on the tables.

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

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#5 posted 12-04-2011 09:34 PM

Now I REALLY like these! Rich warm color, excellent finish, good choice of materials. Would love to make something like that. Great dovetails, too.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 12-05-2011 02:13 AM

look at the grain and the gloss…very high quality looking

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 12-05-2011 06:28 AM

I really like the mix of materials and the joinery. This is top notch work!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 12-05-2011 02:07 PM

I like the wonderful grain and colors, Nice granite tops, the edges are nicely roughed. Wonderful finish and drawer build. Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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