Coffee Table

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Project by tweetdriver posted 06-21-2012 01:07 AM 1916 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor’s oak tree was cut down. I used most of it for firewood, but the crotch was too hard to hand split. I took it to my local sawyer and had it cut into 2 inch slabs. After two years of standing in the corner of my shop it was time to use it. The two slabs from the middle cupped, but the outside two were relatively flat. Used my belt sander and started with 40 grit sandpaper to further flatten an outer slab. I took an inner cupped slab and made the vertical pieces. The cross brace is another piece from the same oak. No glue between the parts, wedge tenons and tight (curved) tenon of the legs into the mortise in the top—I’ll see how this works out. Finished with cherry stain and several coats of spar polyurethane. This one is for a friend as a coffee table. I’ll make us one from the other two slabs.

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#1 posted 06-21-2012 01:28 AM

That turned out very well. Especially like the bowties and wedged tenons. The cherry stain worked much better than I would have expected. I like it!

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

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#2 posted 06-21-2012 01:49 AM

yea this is a great one, good way to use that oak, i love the picture of the boys on there, reminds me of when i was young, and me a a buddy would be sitting discussing the important things in life…like spider man or superman…and maybe once in awhile, a girl…but not to often..the woods were more important then that…and yea i really like how the cherry stain gave it just the right color..good call on that.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 06-21-2012 02:59 AM

Very nice job on this! Thanks for sharing it.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#4 posted 06-21-2012 05:00 AM

Thanks for sharing what you did with this nice piece. I think it’s better used as a bench, than the firewood pile.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#5 posted 06-21-2012 10:49 AM

Nice bench, should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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