3 Beetle Kill Pine Tables

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Project by RockyBlue posted 03-01-2012 05:15 PM 2376 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These 3 tables measure 4’x8’x 36” tall. The tops are 2” thick solid pine. They were commissioned for the grand opening of the new GoLite store on the Pearl Street mall in Boulder Colorado. They will mostly be displaying merchandise. The challenge for me was I only had 1 week to build these 3 heavy tables by myself. Oh, and I worked 45 hrs in the machine shop at my real job during the day. It was tiring, but I got them done on time and the boulderites were very happy with them, so I will most likely build 15 more for their other stores. I got to put my logo on every side of the frames for some free advertising. The finish is satin polyurethane, sadly no danish oil to bring out the colors. GoLite is a eco-friendly company, so they only wanted a water based poly for the finish, which looks ok I guess. The legs are 4”x4” square and the brackets I made from oak. I think I may hibernate for the rest of the winter after flogging it for the past week. Those bears are smart here in the rockies, not venturing out into the frozen tundra we call home. Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 03-01-2012 05:23 PM

Nice, sturdy looking tables, Great work.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 03-01-2012 05:30 PM

Looks like a job well done to me! Nice work. Now grab a cold one & take it easy for awhile.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#3 posted 03-01-2012 05:35 PM

I love ‘em. You know I like the material. You did a great job with these !

Cool store ! We got one in FoCo. Gotta’ check it out, now.

And … as YOU know … pleasing dem Boulderites isn’t always easy !

If you need help lifting tables like this … since I know they must weigh 20-25 pounds, apiece (!) ... just lemme’ know.

My Shaker Hall Table, from the BKP, is done, but not sprayed yet, and drawer pulls still to-be-built. One leg really curled up on me, a few days after glue-up. Have you seen this, yet ??

Great job !

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 03-01-2012 05:36 PM

Nice – beginning to wonder how you do it! Time well spent, that’s for sure! What type of jointery did you use – biscuits, dowels, etc.? You really have mastered the art of using Pine Beetle Kill.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#5 posted 03-01-2012 06:41 PM

Nice work on the tables. If you run out of blue pine we have lots around here.

-- - Martin

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 07:08 PM

Really nice tables. I’d love to see the finish in oil. The wood is beautiful.

-- DonB

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#7 posted 03-01-2012 08:25 PM

Very handsome tables.

I admire your choice and arrangement of the blue wood. I have wanted to do something with blue lodgepole for some time, but here in Salt Lake City I have have to work too hard at finding it.

Some day, though, I want to produce something as gorgeous as your tables. Thanks for posting. Your work is inspirational.

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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#8 posted 03-01-2012 09:28 PM

Nice work. You are one of my inspirations.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 03-02-2012 02:45 AM

What provisions did you make for wood movement ? nice looking tables.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#10 posted 03-02-2012 05:34 PM

Neil I saw what happened to your table. I see things like that happen to the pine that is closer to the heart of the tree. In my experience, the more blue the piece has in it, the straighter it will stay. beetle kill is easy to cut, but difficult to work with and predict.
The top is glued with biscuits. The apron is 4 individual pieces pocket screwed to the bottom. No glue holds the legs or frames so if the wood does move, the frame can either move or stay. I drilled the holes in the corner brackets extra big to allow the bolts to move if the frame grows or shrinks. With the arid climate in Colorado the pine does not move much.

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

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