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Project by OregonWoodRat posted 469 days ago 1350 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just before Christmas I thought it would be nice to have a coffee table in the living room. Most of the time the table would be in the way so I thought my number two daughter, who loves to draw, would like to have it as a Christmas gift.
For a drawing table the top needed to tilt. After much thinking I came up with what you see in the pictures. Trying to determine what angle to have it adjust to was difficult. In the end I just guessed and made two adjustments.
I had intended for the height to be 18 inches. I messed up with the leg length and so the total height is 20. I forgot to subtract the top thickness Rats :( I hinged the top using two strap hinges and finished it with Tung oil.
The bark seems to be solid. The third picture shows a small round spot in the bark. That is where what looks to be a small branch grew and when it was cut into lumber it was cut in half so you can see a cross section of it.

It works well and she was very happy.

The table Specs:
Deodar cedar
Top: 1.25” x 18” x 36”
Height 20”
Finshed with Tung oil

Since her birthday is on Dec 30th I made 4 Japanese floor chairs with cusions so it was more confortable to sit at the table for long periods. The kids love the chairs. I had no idea anyone would like them.

Please leave feedback, good or bad.

Thanks.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.





11 comments so far

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Charlzecheeze

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#1 posted 469 days ago

Good. Beautiful job on the table. Amazing colors in the top!

-- Chuck

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 469 days ago

Massive growth rings in that Cedar…never heard of Deodar until now. I’m sure she’ll enjoy it for years to come : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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GenuineGeek

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#3 posted 469 days ago

That wood is beautiful. I also had never heard of Deodar Cedar before.
Now that the table has been used for a few days, do you still like the idea of the bark in place in terms of use? I mean is it comfortable on the children’s belly and arms? I ask because it sure does look great that you left it on, I may not have been as daring.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 469 days ago

unique table good job.

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 469 days ago

Nice job 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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Fishinbo

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#6 posted 468 days ago

Fantastic job in creating the beautiful drawing table. Great idea on the different adjustments. Love to imagine on how amazing it is with the matching chairs.

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Surfside

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#7 posted 468 days ago

That simply demonstrates your level of artistry which is absolutely matchless!

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OregonWoodRat

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#8 posted 468 days ago

GenuineGeek – The bark does not seem to be a problem. My girls are teens and my daughter that is using it is 14 so she is able to understand if she rubs against the bark it can scratch or break the bark off. I did seal the bark with Tung oil which helps. When the weather warms up I was going to put a few coats of polyurathane on just the bark but use tung oil on the rest.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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Anorton

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#9 posted 468 days ago

Awesome work!

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deborelli

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#10 posted 468 days ago

My daughter is a painter (artist) and I wanted to create a table she could use as an easel and a workstation, but I couldn’t figure out a tilting mechanism. I like the dowels, just as long as she doesn’t lose them. Thanks for sharing—-looks fantastic!!!!!

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walden

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#11 posted 466 days ago

That’s pretty creative!

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