Trestle Coffee table

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Project by Harvey38 posted 06-03-2013 11:58 PM 1605 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found a rustic slab of purple heart with some termites in our trash pile, cut out the bad part, bevel cut the sides with a skill saw, sanded and applied marine varnish.

-- Harvey, Costa Rica,

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#1 posted 06-04-2013 12:11 AM

very nice. is it turning brown yet? I took a small piece and left it in the sun for a week. upside brown, downside purple.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#2 posted 06-04-2013 12:35 AM

Thanks, It is not exposed to the sun and is still the vibrant purple. I have some other pieces semi exposed to the sun and they look cedar color after 6 months or so. We sand and revarnish once a year.

-- Harvey, Costa Rica,

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#3 posted 06-04-2013 12:38 AM

Beautiful table. Where did you ever get such a big piece of purple heart?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 06-04-2013 01:10 AM

I live in Costa Rica and purchased a large lot of hardwoods from the owner of the property I bought. Mostly purpleheart but also some other hardwoods. They are all air dried for more than 10 years. I have some purpleheart as large as 4” x 30” x 11’ but most are 1”x11”x11’. Not sure how to use the big lumber yet. I know it is a sin but I had so much I used some for facia board on a house I rebuilt.

-- Harvey, Costa Rica,

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#5 posted 06-04-2013 01:57 PM

nice table

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#6 posted 06-04-2013 02:29 PM

Just LOVE that table. Purpleheart is one of my favourite timbers. I wish it grew in Australia.
Thanks for showing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 06-05-2013 10:56 AM

Very cool table.Wood is the most popular material in a coffee table, they are perfect for those who have traditional design themes in their home.Your coffee table should outclass all the other furniture in your living room.

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#8 posted 06-06-2013 04:54 PM

Gorgeous table! Love the purple heart and great joinery. The finish is just amazing, quite impressive!


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#9 posted 10-01-2018 12:12 AM

I love the design and the finish on this, the through wedged tenons are absolutely perfect. Great Job! I love it.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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