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Project by GlennsGrandson posted 10-10-2012 06:30 PM 2150 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Continental Divide is a live edge waterfall style coffee table made of local book matched Black Locust with African Mahogany (Khaya, not local) bow ties and stretcher. Finished with lacquer.

This is my first attempt at a table of this style and my first attempt at bow ties. I started this project about 6 days ago and finished it last night. My fastest project to date, the more I do the faster and more confident I am getting in my skills. A couple of hiccups along the way but I dealt with them.

I did not make this for anyone in particular, I just had a vision of what I wanted to do with this wood and I did it. It feels good to be able to do whatever you want, no customers to tell me how they think it should be.

The table is about 18 1/2” high, approximately 24” wide and nearly 4’ long. The bow ties are all at least 9/16” deep.

Here are a couple pre-finish pictures.

Another picture with finish.

Thanks for looking, all comments welcome!

-- Grant - S/N Dakota





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HorizontalMike

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#1 posted 10-10-2012 06:51 PM

Wow, I really love the way the grain plays with your mind, as it almost looks like an entire log from the end! Very dramatic.

That said, have you thought about strengthening the the miter joint between the leg/top interface? Maybe splines or an inside corner support in addition to the rail? It just seems like miter joints are notorious for opening up as they age/dry. I have an old (~70yr) cedar chest doing just that on the vertical corners.

Again, I am really impressed at how this thing looks! Cool!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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GlennsGrandson

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#2 posted 10-10-2012 06:58 PM

Mike Ah, I forgot to mention that there are some dowels in the miter joints. They were drilled in perpendicular to the miters. A friend told me about how he uses slip tenons and I may try that on my next one. Dowels were a quick fairly simple solution. They also helped a lot with the glue up.

Thanks for the compliments!

-- Grant - S/N Dakota

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 12:02 AM

Wow that’s awesome. Beautiful piece.

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

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 10-11-2012 01:04 AM

An absolutely beautiful table. I love that waterfall grain design and that locust is very nice. Those are some serious bowties! One question: how is the stretcher attached? I’m guessing hidden dowels.

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

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Chris Moellering

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#5 posted 10-11-2012 01:31 AM

Very nice job on matching/aligning the grain. As Mike said, from the end it looks like it is just one massive chunk of timber.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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GlennsGrandson

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#6 posted 10-11-2012 01:34 AM

Thanks everybody, the grain match isn’t perfect but it’ll work.

gfadvm you are correct, dowels. I considered though tenons but I didn’t want to break up the flow of the grain more than I already did with the bow ties. I don’t know if I’ll do that again with dowels. I think I’d just do a mortise and tenon.

-- Grant - S/N Dakota

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 10-11-2012 02:51 AM

Thanks Grant.

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

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#8 posted 10-11-2012 03:25 PM

Heading into my favorites. NICE WORK.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#9 posted 10-11-2012 05:37 PM

Beautifull table and wood. Very nice work Grant.

-- Building quality in a throw away world.

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bfd

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#10 posted 10-11-2012 06:31 PM

Beautiful!!!!

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#11 posted 11-05-2012 02:16 AM

Looks great !!

-- Anthony

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HorizontalMike

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 02:52 AM

Grant,
Thanks for the update on the joinery. This piece just keeps me looking and looking… 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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