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Beetle Kill Pine Counter Height Dining Kitchen Table

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Project by RockyBlue posted 924 days ago 3536 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This large table was custom built for a customer to the size of 54”x54”x36” tall. The top is 2.5” thick and quite heavy, made from 21 pieces of 5.5×2.5 solid pine. The frame is 2”x3” and the bolt-on legs are 3” square. Finish is Watco natural danish oil and satin poly.

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





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Brandon

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#1 posted 924 days ago

Great looking table. I love the rich colors of that wood! You sure do use a lot of that beetle kill pine—did you fell a tree?

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#2 posted 924 days ago

You did a great job another fine table

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MontanaBob

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#3 posted 924 days ago

Nice table

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#4 posted 924 days ago

I’m liking everything I see that’s dubbed beetle kill – does the beetle cause that coloration ???

I like the contrast in the wood – who’s supplying this? I’d like to get some for a project or two.

Thanks!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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smndrummer

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#5 posted 924 days ago

Yes, the beetles cause the coloration. It varies for grey to blue to green. Using beetle kill wood is also sustainable, cause it uses wood that has to be felled. That’s what I’m talking about. None of this wimpy nancy stuff like you see in stores. Sturdy, well built design all around. – Rich

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dubsaloon

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#6 posted 924 days ago

Great looking table. Love the color variation.

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Jorge G.

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#7 posted 924 days ago

So, how did yo deal with expansion? Looks to me you used a miter joined frame and then filled it with the straight slats for the top. Aren’t you afraid it will pull apart the miter joints?

Does the use of pocket screws help preventing this?

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StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 923 days ago

I like it! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#9 posted 923 days ago

It makes me so sad to see all the beetle kill here in Colorado, but it makes me happy to see that some of it is being used on such beautiful furniture, excellent job, thanks for posting.

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RockyBlue

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#10 posted 923 days ago

JGM0658 In Colorado there is no such thing as humidity, so expansion is not an issue. If I lived somewhere else, or was sending the table to another state, I would make the top completely different. I have used this miter method on other tables and haven’t had any problems. But you do have a good point, in areas where the humidity fluctuates it could expand and pop the joints.

If anyone wants Beetle Kill lumber, contact Brad at Mountain Heart Woodworks in Kiowa Colorado. They are fellow LJ’s here and I buy all my furniture grade pine from them. It runs $1.00 bd/ft. They may be able to ship to other states. The live edge slabs I use on other projects are from trees I fall myself and have cut into flitches.

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

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Jorge G.

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#11 posted 923 days ago

Ah…I see, thanks. nice work.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#12 posted 923 days ago

I’ve also bought mine from Morgan Timber Products (Fort Collins) and Forks Lumber (Laporte).

Great table. Really beautifully done. I love the beetle-kill, too, though—obviously—I’m sad about how we get it.

I’m acclimating a few BF, right now for a Shaker-style hall table. Grateful for the inspiration :-)

-- -- Neil

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RockyBlue

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#13 posted 923 days ago

Thanks for the info Neil. Dan at TC Woods in Lafayette saws my logs for me. I’m heading up there today to get the 12 logs he sawed for me. I talked to Morgan Timber before about lumber. I live far from all my lumber sources but I will keep the 2 you mentioned in mind, thanks. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for your table.

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

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