Coffee table in ash

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Project by stanley_clifton posted 04-06-2008 11:17 PM 3132 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was made to fit into our lounge better than the previous item. The lid lifts to provide storage; the idea was that our baby would not be able to get at the stuff – now he’s bigger, he can.

Staining the ash felt sacriligeous but was necessary to match the rest of the furniture in the room.Danish oil is the final finish.

The finishing was the hardest part.There was no way that this timber was going to plane smooth, so a cabinet scraper was a must. Also the lid tended to warp – I had thought that this was a pine problem, but no – I’ll place battens on any future item.

Although that wild grain was difficult to handle, in the end it has given a wonderful look and I’m proud of the way that I layed out the timbers. It holds stacks of mags and other junk, which helps to keep the room reasonably tidy. Baby likes to bang his wooden toys on the lid, but has thus far only managed to dinge it slightly; these dinges may well steam out.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#1 posted 04-06-2008 11:29 PM

Nice piece of work.

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#2 posted 04-06-2008 11:33 PM

looks stable and I like the grain

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 04-06-2008 11:33 PM

looks fantastic…though the finish was hard to do—-it looks like this turned out fantastic…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 04-06-2008 11:39 PM

Nice piece. You did do a nice job of grain matching on the top.

I like your biscuit holder jars.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 04-06-2008 11:51 PM

well done

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 04-07-2008 12:32 AM

Nice job on the table Stanley. I would not be concerned about the finish, looks great.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 04-07-2008 12:37 AM

That’s a beauty!

-- Mark

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#8 posted 04-07-2008 12:58 AM

Real nice job on that table, Stanley. I like ash myself, although the American stock is getting fairly eaten up with glass worm. If you don’t mind the worm tracks, it works well. Poor man’s oak. I’m building a desk right now for a client, out of ash. I would normally put bread board ends, to keep the top flat, but they didn’t want that. I find it’s easier to keep flat if you don’t alternate the directions of the growth rings. That way you only have to be concerned with it bowing one way or the other, otherwise you get the wave effect. I’m using it to trim my entire house with on the interior. Of course, it has to be stained. Nice post.

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#9 posted 04-07-2008 01:43 AM

nice table .

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#10 posted 04-07-2008 02:39 AM

Stain looks beautiful, that’s the color I like. It looks like golden oak to me and it really brings out the grain. Nice job.

-- Greg, CT

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#11 posted 04-07-2008 03:20 AM

Hi Stanley,

This is a beautiful table. You did a nice job with the staining and finish. I am assuming that you have oak furniture as I agree with Greg that this looks like a golden oak stain.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 04-07-2008 06:10 AM

Great job of grain matching on that top!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 04-07-2008 06:56 AM

That is sweet. I really like the grain in the top and the finish is outstanding.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 04-07-2008 10:52 PM

Thanks for all the nice things said.

The colour is light teak, which seems to be a versatile shade that blends with the multiple hues that we have in here.

Bread board ends was the other thought to stop the bowing. I did try and alternate the grain so I’ll bear the advice not to do this in mind. This timber is American ash: I don’t think that there were worm holes but I did have to work out a dodgy piece of sap wood and replace it with a patch. The timber was chosen because I thought that the grain would be straight – as you know arrow shafts, cricket bat handles etc are ash – but it didn’t turn out that way. Hi ho!

I knicked the jar idea off my Dad. He didn’t have a biscuit jointer but used the technique for screws etc.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#15 posted 04-08-2008 03:43 PM

Nice looking table. Be careful with steaming dent sout after it’s finished. You’ll force water under the finish and the results won’t be fun. Again excellent job.

-- Phil, Near San Diego, CA

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