Taughannock (Coffee Table)

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Project by Sennelier76 posted 704 days ago 1078 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This design is something that’s been in the works for a while-I came up with it this past May just fooling around in the shop, trying to build some scale models for some new possible pieces.

I don’t remember where I first saw it (it was likely on Lumberjocks)-but there was a piece that utilized the continuation of the grain from a slab piece, called a waterfall effect. Nothing revolutionary but it really caught my eye. So, after thinking about it for a while, I came up with the model. The Walnut didn’t have a live edge, which I’ve been incorporating, so I just kept it uniform on both sides and integrated something of a cantilevered end, which has the effect of being a tripod which helps with stability.

I wanted to try it on a larger piece (a coffee table in this case) and since the particular slab I was going to use had the bark on it, I decided to keep one of the live edges. I think that ultimately, as I begin building more pieces utilizing this particular design, I’ll only use the live edge if the client requests it-otherwise, I’m partial to the clean lines created by making it uniform on both sides.

The slab is Black Walnut and the leg on this one is QS White Oak and the splines are QS Sycamore. (all harvested in Iowa).

-- Bobby, Iowa,

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#1 posted 704 days ago

Very nice work on this.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 704 days ago

Very nice table with some outstanding grain patterns.

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#3 posted 704 days ago

I think it came out beautifully. I’d love to make a piece like this some day.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#4 posted 703 days ago

Beautiful walnut slab !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 703 days ago

Really great looking peice! I also have some slabs of walnut with live edge’s and am planning on making something similar.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#6 posted 703 days ago

A very nice piece. You did this wood well!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 703 days ago

Could you add the height,width,length dimensions please? I saw that sycamore table like yours a while back and was impressed with the design but I want to get the proportions right before I waste one of my walnut slabs.

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

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#8 posted 702 days ago

Howdy gfadvm, the dimensions of the Taughannock are:

H: 16”
L: 35 1/2”
W: 13” to 18” at the widest
T: 7/8”

The single leg is as follows:

H: 15 1/8”
W: 6” at base, 4” at top
T: 1 1/4”

-- Bobby, Iowa,

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#9 posted 702 days ago

Thanks. Our slabs are almost identical in size!

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

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#10 posted 272 days ago

It’s sure catching my eye. Terrific!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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