Church pew coffee table.

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Project by Ken Dixon posted 05-21-2013 03:52 PM 2054 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 41”X 22”X 17-1/2” coffee table is made from Ash, Cherry and Butternut. The top, legs, and stretchers are finished with a hand rubbed oil varnish mix then several coats of hand rubbed wax. The drawers and shelf are finished with shellac.
My inspiration for this table came from the wood itself. Starting with the top which was originally two pieces of church pew seats made of Ash. The front and back of the seats where cut off and the rest joined together. The front and back of the seats where then cut down to size and used for the legs. There are no further alterations done to either the top or legs other than sanding and finishing. The panels are also Ash cut from the pew backs and again only sanding and finishing done. Cherry and Butternut where used for the stretchers, drawer fronts, shelf and drawer bottoms to complement the top and legs.
The table not only features an interesting top and legs but hand cut dovetails on the drawers, sliding dovetails and mortis and tennon joints attaching the stretchers to the legs.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#1 posted 05-21-2013 04:45 PM

nice table, well done!

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 05:23 PM

Looks great, I like the legs

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#3 posted 05-21-2013 05:36 PM

Good proportions, looks very well done.

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#4 posted 05-21-2013 06:35 PM

Really good looking piece.

Great design and wood choice as well.


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#5 posted 05-21-2013 06:47 PM

great vision

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#6 posted 05-21-2013 07:08 PM

Good Job

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 01:35 AM

Beautiful table. Its great to repurpose wood like you have and turn it into such a nice project.

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 01:55 AM

Very nice work a great looking table.

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 10:37 AM

The flare on the legs really gives it an interesting look.

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#10 posted 05-22-2013 12:38 PM

Very nice table!! Great design.

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