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Project by Manitario posted 480 days ago 2007 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table was very little “woodworking” in the traditional sense and a lot of sanding, smoothing and more sanding! I started with a large redwood burl slab that I thought would make a great living room coffee table. The problem was that the live edge was very irregular, fragile and splintery and there were a number of soft punky areas. With the input of some LJ’s, I used several coats of thinned epoxy on the edges and top/bottom surface to harden the soft wood and then sanded, sanded and sanded some more to round some of the very sharp edges.
Next step was to design a base; I had a number of different ideas; in the end I opted for something simple. I’m still not sure if the base is the right design for the top, or the right wood. In hindsight, I think that a darker wood (rather than the cherry) would have been a better fit for the top. Oh well. I used an oil finish on the top, followed by gloss poly (with the help of several LJ’s who gave advice on how to achieve an even gloss finish.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil





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BillyD3152

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#1 posted 480 days ago

Fantastic work

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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Dave777

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#2 posted 480 days ago

Most excellant

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 480 days ago

That turned out just super! Old redwood is so tough for me to finish as it is like trying to finish a sponge! You nailed the finish big time. I really like the design on the legs with the curved pieces and when that cherry ages/darkens, it will be perfect for the top. Attaching that curved piece to the legs looks very challenging!

Question: how are those legs attached to the top? Picture?

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

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BusterB

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#4 posted 480 days ago

Thats nice….great job!!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Manitario

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#5 posted 480 days ago

Thanks guys! Glenn: the legs are attached to the top via mortise/tenon on the underside.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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kdc68

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#6 posted 480 days ago

Refering to your forum topic ( http://lumberjocks.com/topics/49103 ) all the work sanding paid off. This is a beautiful piece….thanks for posting/sharing your finishing topic with us

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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rivox1

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#7 posted 480 days ago

That is amazing!

Fantastic job!

-- Cheers and Safe Woodworking!

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watermark

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#8 posted 480 days ago

Great job! I agree the curved design for the legs looks tricky. Oh and that slab is sweet!

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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Don W

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#9 posted 479 days ago

excellent work. Nice piece.

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CiscoKid

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#10 posted 479 days ago

Very beautiful. Love Nakashima style furniture.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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garbonsai

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#11 posted 479 days ago

I like it a lot. The only thing I would have done differently is the legs. I think the wood choice is fine, but I’d have gone with more organic edges and flowing joints—think Danish modern. Not a criticism of what you’ve done—just an idea for next time.

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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Manitario

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#12 posted 479 days ago

garbonsai; you’re right, it would have looked better like that; I experimented with a number of different configurations of curved legs which didn’t look good, and eventually settled on what you see. In hindsight though, curved transitions into the stretchers and smooth legs would have looked better.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Rickterscale

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#13 posted 479 days ago

Great work. And your finish is beautiful!

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whitebeast88

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#14 posted 479 days ago

very very nice,great work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Gibney

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#15 posted 479 days ago

wow – really great. inspired

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