The Flawed End Table

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Project by Beau & Kara Studios posted 06-27-2012 11:28 AM 1583 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This table is made 100% out of scrap wood that was destined to be burned. The boards that I decided to use were full of flaws and were so unique and colorful that the flaws had to be designed around. This End Table has so many flaws that it should have been thrown out; but the flaws make this table very distinctive.

The top was a board that was (and still is) full of flaws that made it extremely hard to work with. Made out of maple, the boards were still wet and were continually shrinking as days went on. (Having a wedding as a due date dictated when I could use the boards and how long I could dry them). As the board lost moisture the ends cracked and the boards themselves cupped dramatically. I decided to use cherry inlays to keep the cracks from traveling inward and to force the boards straight again instead of cupped. I also added a circular inlay on one of the cracks because a circular inlay is uncommon and unique. The shrinking also affected the horizontal inlays as you can feel the ends protrude on the edges. The final flaw in the top is one of the corners; dry rot. Dry rot makes the wood very spongy but with enough polyurethane it can be strengthened. The dry rot gave the top more color variations and added interest.

The base is two maple boards that had different colors in them. One of the boards still had the bark on one side so I decided to use as a focal point. The bark made it more difficult to install the bottom foot as there was nothing to attach to in one area.

The three remaining boards are oak and those were wet, crooked, split, warped and cupped so much that I cut them into smaller pieces. The bottom foot shrunk and warped slightly after installing but nothing serious. Oak is a pretty stable wood.

Overall, this table is the first kind I have ever made. Held together with wood biscuits, lap joints, and screws with homemade plugs for the top.

-- Beau Lasiewicz

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 01:26 PM

Visually interesting design. I like the look and feel of this table. Sounds like it was quite a bit of work.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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