Walnut coffee table

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Project by Jonathan posted 06-11-2013 10:14 AM 1424 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece started out as a log in a friends backyard. Since I couldn’t get someone to saw up the 27” log,
I bit the bullet and bought one of those Alaskan chainsaws. That was quite an investment, and a lot of work.

Anyway, the thought was to have an arched frame with a floating top.
Overall, it turned out ok. But you can’t really see the floating top unless you look underneath it.
I suppose I should have made the base larger, or the arches more pronounced.

-- Jhopewell, New Hampshire,

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#1 posted 06-11-2013 01:08 PM

That turned out just beautiful. You never see a floating top from above on anything anyway.
You balanced the sap wood perfectly!! The design is just great. I love it and it is a real eye catcher!!!!!!!......................Jim

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

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#2 posted 06-11-2013 02:36 PM

I think you achieved alight looking table despite thelarge top..hard to do! I like the arch

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#3 posted 06-11-2013 02:39 PM

This is a very nice table. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 06-11-2013 07:34 PM

very nice work! I want it for my house!

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#5 posted 06-11-2013 09:08 PM

thanks everybody. you are too kind and I am too critical. :-)

-- Jhopewell, New Hampshire,

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#6 posted 06-11-2013 09:12 PM

Very nice!
what’s the finish?

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#7 posted 06-11-2013 11:26 PM

Normally I hate “plastic ” finishes, I prefer oil and wax, but given the use I decided on a urethane .

-- Jhopewell, New Hampshire,

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#8 posted 06-12-2013 12:00 AM

Very nice indeed! I’m struck by the curve of the grain in the top mimicking the curve in the arch. Like your choice of finish too.

Just curious, have you done anything special to keep the top flat?

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL

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#9 posted 06-12-2013 12:12 AM

Jonathan, this is quite nice. I really like how the hourglass figure on the surface echoes the gentle arched aprons. I like the floating detail of the legs as well, I would love to see more pictures of how you pulled this off. Great work!

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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#10 posted 06-12-2013 03:53 AM

Very well done ! Love the Walnut : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 06-12-2013 04:03 AM

I think its an awesome and unique piece. You should be proud.

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#12 posted 06-12-2013 08:14 AM

What a great table….. A real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 06-13-2013 11:03 AM

beautiful coffee table.

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#14 posted 06-13-2013 11:08 AM

Really beautiful coffee table.The coffee table is one of the most frequently moved pieces of furniture in any home. It needs to be well balanced, heavy, but move-able.Make sure that your coffee table complements the rest of the furniture.

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