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A Unique Kitchen Table

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Project by jetnum posted 09-10-2012 09:35 PM 1320 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a kitchen table I made with a number of unique features:

(1) The top is made from a recycled solid maple bench top that I purchased at the local recycle center for $4.00. I trimmed, sanded, and oiled the top with pure Tung Oil. Although I sanded it, many marks, dents, dings, scratches, drill holes, and other distress marks from years and years of use remain. These give the top a lot of character!

(2) The skirt is made of locally-harvested wormy quarter-sawn white oak. You can’t really see it in the photographs, but the worm holes in this very nice oak also add a lot of character. I stained the oak with a common Minwax stain to create a nice color contrast between the reddish stained oak and the gray bark of the “log” legs.

(3) The legs are made from a single long branch “log” of red oak that fell after a storm in the nearby woods. The four legs were initially cut roughly to length on site in the forest the old-fashioned way using an axe and then carried out of the woods in a back sack.

Although the total cost of materials for this table was minimal (under $100.00 if I don’t count purchases of additional tools), a lot of time and labor went into figuring out how to cut square mortises in the very rounded, crooked, and generally organically-shaped log legs. Note that the legs were not trimmed to final length until after I had mortised them into the side skirts, as shown in the fifth photograph.

As in any “experimental” design like this, I encountered a number of issues and imperfections. While of course I know where all the flaws and mistakes are, you just can’t see them in the final result. So I’m very happy with the result! :-)

-- “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther King Jr.





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jetnum

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#1 posted 09-10-2012 09:40 PM

Actually if you look closely in the third photograph, you can see some of the worm holes in the skirt!

-- “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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#2 posted 09-10-2012 11:14 PM

great job.nice mortises.what are you going to do with the table keep or sell it.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#3 posted 09-10-2012 11:21 PM

Way to save some lumber and turn it into something great.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#4 posted 09-11-2012 02:01 AM

Very unique. Love it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 09:38 PM

Very Nice Contrast of Styles! Love it!

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#6 posted 09-21-2012 02:50 PM

Hi, whitebeast88! I’m keeping this. I moved to a new house and I need some furniture, so I am making what I need. I’m already working on two additional pieces …

-- “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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