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Project by GlennsGrandson posted 559 days ago 1982 views 12 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 559 days ago

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 559 days ago

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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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 559 days ago

Wow that’s awesome. Beautiful piece.

-- 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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gfadvm

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#4 posted 559 days ago

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 559 days ago

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 559 days ago

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 559 days ago

Thanks Grant.

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

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Randy_ATX

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#8 posted 558 days ago

Heading into my favorites. NICE WORK.

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

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ETwoodworks

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#9 posted 558 days ago

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 558 days ago

Beautiful!!!!

-- Brian, Folsom, CA http://www.brianfullerdesigns.com

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woodzy

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#11 posted 534 days ago

Looks great !!

-- Anthony

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HorizontalMike

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#12 posted 506 days ago

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

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

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