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Project by Damien posted 915 days ago 1059 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table was made from a load of Beech that I got when a local mill was torn down. It was originally the wall slats that held feed in compartments.

Just a simple design of my own, I may make a few more things of this inspiration. The bottom stretcher is wedged through mortise and tenon (My first go at this). This was designed with shipping in mind (hopefully easier to sell) so it breaks down flat with just a screw driver.

Finish is sprayed Mahogany stain and poly.





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doncutlip

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#1 posted 915 days ago

I really like the look of it, nice color and finish. Good job on the joinery.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 915 days ago

Cool design and very well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 915 days ago

I like the design, it has sort of a modified Arts and Crafts look to it. Nice job, thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 915 days ago

I’m very pleased with the design. Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 914 days ago

I like the feel of the piece! Also the design concept. Helps when you have a small shop space. I have realized something Jim Post said in one of his books. “Don’t build someting if there is no place for it to go.” LOL

The break down construction with traditional joiney shows master planning and the design shows craftsmanship. Hope you find clients as enthusiastic as the LJ’s :)

I’m wondering what it would look and feel like in a natural mode, showing the patina and coloring of the natural wood? But that’s me.

Excellent job!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Damien

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#7 posted 914 days ago

Thanks!

The wood actually came out of the mill in slabs of about 2 1/4 inches thick, and 13 inches wide. Some as long as 10 feet. It was a double edged sword in many ways. The wood had nails every 32 inches or so. At first we tried having some resawn at a local sawyer, but he broke 2 blades on nails (even after trying to remove them). After that, I took a chainsaw and cut out all of the nail sections. Leaving me a ton of 30 inch slabs. Then I ripped each one and removed the center (they were basically all flat-sawn) to reduce cupping. Then with all pieces less than 6 inches wide, I resawed them with the table saw. It was a long day, but left me with a very nice pile of 3/4×6 x 30” boards. This coffee table actually has a decent amount of ambrosia on the top. I feel bad about it, but I actually have so much of it that I didn’t mind covering it with the stain this time.

The point being, after all of that sawing, there is virtually no patina. Just some nice tiger-ing, and ambrosia style beech.

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justholler

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#8 posted 914 days ago

The color of stain has won me over…I think it goes well together with your nice choice of style.

-- Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most..... Twain

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DocSavage45

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#9 posted 914 days ago

Wow a bunch of extra energy but you got some nice material.. Some clients don’t have the ability to see beyond the present? Also people who I’ve had work for me. LOL On your next piece you could contrast finished and unfinished?

I like the color of the piece, and it might feel differnt with a different color, or natural grain?

And after all the work that went into this, I should stop blowing smoke. LOL as I said you are an intuitive designer?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#10 posted 914 days ago

I hope my stuff is half as good. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 914 days ago

This is a really great piece. Ive done a bunch of projects with reclaimed, nail ridden lumber, and it wears on ya. The hammered saw blades and chipped planer knives really can put a damper on the project. But if you can get by all the extra work you end up with pieces like this. The finish is awesome and the design is great. Ive got to agree with Doc and id like to see an unstained piece letting the old story come through. Well done!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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