Pine Table for a fellow woodworker

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Project by LakeLover posted 07-29-2013 07:24 AM 1138 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all.

Now for the rest of the story.

A good friend of mine Big Bad Boat Builder Bob. Moved back to the prairies after working in Vancouver for years.

He bought a house and I finally got to see it last fall. Very slow to get his shop set up and needing some wood therapy. I noticed a cabinet he made years ago, sort of a south western motife. Not a lot of other furniture. So I decided I was going to build him a smaller coffee table and had a hard time picking s design.

I built a table for another guy from work in the mean time. Simple red pine old growth and Bob saw it and liked it.

So I took a hint. I had saved a bunch of clear pine from the landfill from one construction site.

1×6 with beaten edges and some well worn stain. They cleaned up very well.

So I worked on the leg design to lean towards a similar look as the cabinet. That was easy. Mitered and glued the corners with a glue block to support, M and T the aprons. Glued up in the top.

Then went to shape it, and my brain went into lock up. Tried sketching many ideas. Nope not a darn thing looked worth…....

So got busy with other projects and making a living. Looked at it a few times and said. Well. I am going to give it to him at this state and what ever. Got to get it out of my way.

So Bob came out this weekend. Ate, drank well had a good catch up visit.
SO today I gave Bob the unfinished table, just before he went home. No finished top and the base ready for a final sanding and finish.

He was Pleased as a kid with a new toy. He has the ability to shape the top and he was already thinking of some carved edge trim. He said he would finish it same as the cabinet.

SO that was my solution to solving how one gives another woodworker, a gift. (when your daunted, by a critical eye and his friend a well known luthier.)

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 09:32 AM

Sounds like BBBBB had a good inspiration from your work and you have inspired him to get tuit!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 03:25 AM

Nice piece, nice story. Glad it worked out so well.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 04:08 PM

It’s already looking good, cool design and great save of wood. I’m sure your friend appreciates it.

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 04:24 PM

You sound like me. Always doing things for others. We need more of us so I say thank you for helping someone else and nice job on the coffee table too.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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