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Project by ShaneS posted 05-28-2008 07:00 AM 1825 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have day dreamed of being able to do woodworking for over 20 years and this year was finally able to get started. This is my first official project. My wife helped me with a large portion of it. We always enjoy working together. This is a coffee table that we made for our living room. It is made entirely of mesquite and finished with Tung oil. The legs are mortise and tenon, all cut by hand. My wife is the one that had the good eye for cleaning out the worm holes and shaping the edges. I think she did an excellent job and I am very proud of her. I am wide open to any critiques that you guys may have, because I know that is the only way I will learn and get better.

Thanks for looking,

P.S. My wife made an entry table out of spalted pecan that I am trying to get her to post and hopefully she will. It turned out very nice.

-- We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. C.S. Lewis

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#1 posted 05-28-2008 07:11 AM

Very Nice!!!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#2 posted 05-28-2008 07:13 AM

Very nice. I love those live edges. Looks like you are off to a great start.

I would love to see your wifes entry table, I am shure it looks great.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 05-28-2008 07:20 AM

It’s really an interesting piece. I can’t help but like it.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 05-28-2008 12:35 PM

very cool table ! great team work . tell your wife we like to see her table ! if all else fails you could ” git R drunk” ! lol
just kiddin !

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#5 posted 05-28-2008 01:28 PM

That is one nice table!! You two have done a fantastic job, you are quite a team. Great post, thanks!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#6 posted 05-28-2008 02:13 PM

where do you get a slab of spalted pecan?

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#7 posted 05-28-2008 02:16 PM

Excellent job. Really nice to work together.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#8 posted 05-28-2008 02:16 PM

Hats off to you and your wife. You make a great team. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 05-28-2008 02:37 PM


Great job. The finished work looks truly professional. You and your wife are to be commended. I am anxious to see her entry table.

-- Sola Gratia, John

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#10 posted 05-28-2008 04:20 PM

Nice work Shane and Mrs. Shane. Is the Mesquite from your property? What are the measurements?

Great pictures too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#11 posted 05-28-2008 04:59 PM

Shane that’s a great looking table. You both did a great job and have reason to be very proud of it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#12 posted 05-28-2008 05:26 PM

Well lets start our by saying your one luck man to be married to a women that loves your work and is an equal or better than you. That said lets start with the thinks you did wrong….....................................................
....................................... I can’t think of any.
The best part is being able to see how an ulgy duckling of a tree could be so beautiful. Than to be able to turn it into a swan is beyond belief. Your and your wife have a great eye for woodworking and greater talent to be able do what you see.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#13 posted 05-28-2008 05:31 PM

Thanks for all the compliments guys. One thing I forgot to mention is that Julie and I live in a log home so this type of furniture fits real well with our surroundings. We both like the rustic outdoors look.

Where did I get the mesquite and spalted pecan? We have a 70 yr. old man that lives about 3 miles from us and he has a saw mill. He is the busiest old man. He fells trees, has folks bring logs to him, mills lumber, builds furniture, and etc. He’s the one that we were able to get our lumber from.

What are the measurements of the table? The top is about 20” at it’s widest point, about 54” long and 2” thick. It stands at about 19” off the floor

RobS—the mesquite is from the man that I PM’d you about a number of weeks ago. He’s got some really good stuff.

-- We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. C.S. Lewis

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#14 posted 05-28-2008 05:45 PM

Dominic, your right I am a very lucky man. Julie and her family, are very creative folks. Julie loves diving in a getting dirty. She would much rather be outdoors doing something with me than to be doing anything else. I help her with her projects and she helps me with mine. Julie is also a very good photographer. She took some great pictures on the table but both of us agree that the pictures really don’t bring out the true beauty of the mesquite. Thanks for the compliments.

-- We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. C.S. Lewis

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#15 posted 05-28-2008 05:45 PM

Very nice!!!!!!!!
The wood has some nice character to it, that and I love live edged wood.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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