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Project by GlennsGrandson posted 832 days ago 1615 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a coffee table I made for my brother for his 29th birthday. It is made of a 1 3/8” slab of Myrtle wood for the table top and 1 1/8” Walnut for the legs and shelf. It is 18” high, about the same deep and about 40” wide.

This is my first decent piece of furniture and I’m pretty happy with it. A few hiccups along the way and a lot of learning. I used wedged mortise and tenon joints for the legs joining with the top. I really like the contrast of the walnut with the myrtle. These joints aren’t as tough as I thought they’d be (to do) and very stylish. The wedges are made of myrtle as well. I tried to utilize the live edges on the walnut legs and the myrtle top, I really like this style.

It is finished with two full strength coats of satin poly and then a few wipe on coats of some 2:1 poly/mineral spirits blend (Lightly sanded between each coat).

In the second picture you can see the edge of the myrtle really well, I was pretty concerned with the break of the edge when I started this project but decided I wouldn’t know what to do to fix it so I decided it would add character and went with it, I am very happy with the look it gives it. The third picture shows the joinery a bit and the knot that I filled with JB Weld Wood Restorer Epoxy (I’ll write up a review shortly, awesome).The fourth picture is of the live edge on the top (live edge, wedge M&T, LIVE WEDGE, get it?). Myrtle I’ve heard is also known as “Salt & Pepper” wood, the fifth picture displays that very nicely. The sixth is of my hand wood burning on the bottom, the date is on there but not included in the picture.

This table is very very sturdy and pretty heavy. It should have a long life.

Thanks to my friend for the great pictures, my wife for helping me with the finishing, Matt & Unit 5 Woodworks of Sioux Falls SD for the tips I needed and the walnut, and Josh for the Myrtle.

Thanks everyone for looking!

-- Grant - S/N Dakota





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pimpson

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#1 posted 832 days ago

That is a great design and the finish looks like glass nice work.

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HalDougherty

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#2 posted 832 days ago

That’s a beautiful table. The myrtle top is fantastic.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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mzmac

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#3 posted 832 days ago

Nice work! Cant wait to see the Locust table now.

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 831 days ago

Now that is my kind of table! Everything works: gorgeous wood, very cool joinery, and flawless finish. Your brother is a lucky guy.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 831 days ago

That’s really beautiful wood and you’ve made good use of it.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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KPW

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#6 posted 830 days ago

Great design, great looking table Grant!!!

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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Devin

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#7 posted 828 days ago

Excellent job highlighting the Myrtle’s beauty.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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Sirgreggins

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#8 posted 811 days ago

Love the myrtlewood top. i haven’t seen it used much in furniture. very cool! I use it for my guitars, what a great wood to work with

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