Lake Superior End Table

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Project by Brasco18 posted 05-12-2013 02:02 PM 1632 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is a gift for a friend. Previously, I had made a ‘Minnesota’ table for another friend. My friend, feeling left out, ask, “can you make me one, but of Lake Superior?” I said, “Sure.” The project took about a month and a half to finish. Not bad, considering my wife is super pregnant (She’s due any day now)!

The legs and lower table are walnut and the top is maple. I found an aerial photo of Lake Superior, printed it out and used it as a template. I cut the shape on a scroll saw. The legs are curved with a 0.75” taper running from top to bottom. The curves were drawn freehand (or as I call it, “Guesstimating”). The lower table is a single piece of walnut. The trim was a bit tricky to get right; the left and right trim pieces have two different degree angles and are tapered. I also inlayed Lake Superior stones into the table top, representing the various islands. Obviously, Isle Royale is the biggest. And there are twelve stones inlayed for the Apostle Islands. I left out certain islands because they were either too small or located in places that would have made setting things on the table difficult. I hand-sanded all the cut marks off the legs (a lot of sanding). To sand the edges of the table top, though, was proving to be a real pain. Luckily, I found a bunch of 1/2” wide sanding belts designed to fit my Craftsman bandsaw on Ebay. So I was able to do all the rough sanding of the table top edges using my bandsaw. Just to add a nice touch, I glued together a cairn (stacked rocks) to be placed on the lower table. The whole thing was finished with two coats of shallac, followed by two coats of water-based poly.

Thanks for looking!

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.

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#1 posted 05-12-2013 03:16 PM

Very nice work Brasco18!

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#2 posted 05-12-2013 03:18 PM

This is a wonderful and unique table,great build.

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#3 posted 05-12-2013 03:27 PM

very nice,great design.

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#4 posted 05-12-2013 04:29 PM

Looks very good

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#5 posted 05-12-2013 05:01 PM

Very nice work. Now you just need a table for changing the new baby!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-12-2013 08:03 PM

This is a beautiful piece of work! The person you made it for is getting a real treasure.

I had to chuckle at the part about the Apostle Islands … there are actually 21 islands in that group, some of them pretty small.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 05-13-2013 02:07 AM

Yea, I knew there wasn’t actually twelve of them. I had to be a bit selective on my choice of islands. For the Apostles, I thought twelve stones would make sense.

I will make sure to tell my friend that I am giving him a ‘treasure’. I will also tell him he owes me a six pack of beer.

Thanks for the comments!

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.

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#8 posted 05-13-2013 11:51 AM

Love it! Cool project.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#9 posted 05-13-2013 12:35 PM

I think he owes you at least a case!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 05-13-2013 01:21 PM

Now this is definitely an eye catcher. Very creative and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 05-15-2013 03:27 AM

Love it! Great job, great table

-- Adam - teaching history, coaching football, and crafting some of the finest saw dust around....

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