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Project by LightfootLtd posted 817 days ago 2331 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Colorado Beetle kill pine coffee tables. I built three of these at once, one of them has bigger legs than the other two. These tables use interlocking joinery, but are glued for rigidity and and the mortise and tenons are pegged with cherry. No screws or nails here. 2’x 4’ x 20” Finished in Satin poly.

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Martyroc

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#1 posted 817 days ago

Nice table, Pine looks really good, I don’t think most people give pine enough credit

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

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Richard

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#2 posted 817 days ago

I like it, Is the beetle kill wood Lodgepole pine or Ponderosa? I been using beetle kill lodgepole on my chests and trunks and I like it. Before I wouldn’t considered using pine because of its softness, but the blueness of the wood made me change my mind.

I like the joinery that you used on this project and your other projects.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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MuseumQuality

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#3 posted 817 days ago

Hey, that’s a great looking table! I don’t have a ton of experience building furniture, but is this a solid idea with wood movement in mind? It looks to me like you might get some of the pieces expanding and pushing other pieces out of place. I really like your design, I was just curious about possible complications with wood movement.

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LightfootLtd

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#4 posted 817 days ago

The design takes some wood movement into account. The center panel boards that are within the frame of the top are floating in a dato like the panels in a cabinet door. They have room for expansion and contraction so they wont blow the frame apart sideways. Where the legs come through the top, the fit has some room for the legs to grow. The idea came from the way post are joined to the corner sil plate in traditional timber framed buildings. It works in that application, but i guess only a few changes in season will tell for sure.

-- LightfootLtd.Wordpress.com www.facebook.com/LightfootLtd

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LightfootLtd

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#5 posted 817 days ago

Thanks for the complements, the wood i get is mostly ponderosa, with some lodgepole mixed in. The blue has some real character, but you really have to pick the boards. My last trip to the mill i pulled 100bf of straight lumber off the piles, and planed it up. Of that wood, about 1/3 of it looks good enough to turn into furniture. The other 2/3 has very little blue in it. Guess ill have to get better at selecting boards when they are rough.

The design takes some wood movement into account. The center panel boards that are within the frame of the top are floating in a dato like the panels in a cabinet door. They have room for expansion and contraction so they wont blow the frame apart sideways. Where the legs come through the top, the fit has some room for the legs to grow. The idea came from the way post are joined to the corner sil plate in traditional timber framed buildings. It works in that application, but i guess only a few changes in season will tell for sure.

-- LightfootLtd.Wordpress.com www.facebook.com/LightfootLtd

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doncutlip

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#6 posted 817 days ago

Very intersting, I like it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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GenerationWW

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#7 posted 817 days ago

I like it! I think it’s great you didn’t use nails or screws, shows how talented you are.

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ www.generationwoodworks.com for free!

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Manitario

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#8 posted 816 days ago

Great looking tables! I’m curious about the table in the background of the first pic, it looks like it has quite the interesting top.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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craigo

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#9 posted 815 days ago

Love the colours and structural design. Very good job, well done!

-- making something from nothing, and making it your own... thats life.

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