Southwest Cocktail Table

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 08-22-2013 12:20 AM 2185 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Martha and I have always been enchanted by Southwestern Art. We grew up in El Paso Texas and could be in New Mexico in just a few minutes. We found Navajo pottery and desert landscapes to our liking. This table is my homage to some of our favorite art.

I need to add in that I have been looking at cutting boards at the LumberJock’s site since I joined. Such awesome creations come from your hands. I was inspired and moved by your art. I felt you all had given me enough guidance to give it a try. Try I did.

In case you’re curious about what kinds of mistakes I still struggle with, feel free to take a look at the Southwest Cocktail Table Blog. You will find that everything about what I do came or comes from you all.

I got some serious help From Grandpa Len who stepped me through many things over the phone.

Joe Lyddon, Kova, Robb and Jim Jakosh – thank you so much for the constant encouragement and advice. I treasure you guys.

All lighter colored wood is Cherry. The darker wood in the center is a result of a dumpster find. I used to think It was Jatoba until I really started paying attention. My belief is that it is Bubinga. Please correct me. The Red wandering wood on top is Padauk. Of course you can recognize the purple heart on the sides from a mile away. The dark wood which round out the lower strip aroung the table is Peruvian Walnut.

Sanded to 320 then handrubbed with 3 coats of Tung Oil. Brushed on 3 coats of General Finishes Urethane Semi-Gloss Top coat.

I walk around the table and I can see the wood moving. That has been something I have wanted to achieve since the beginning.

Thanks for looking!!!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 08-22-2013 12:29 AM

You did it! It looks fantastic – and the blog was fun to follow.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 08-22-2013 12:32 AM

I wanted to Share a couple of pictures with you all. The first was my disaster:

The second is my confidence in it’s strength. Thank you LumberJocks for the many great suggestions about how to beef up the table.

Double purpose – That’s my twelve year old daughter, Victoria, who has done some work on every project I do. I was chastised for not including her in previous projects. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 08-22-2013 12:39 AM

That finished-out beautifully!

COOL project!

Very unusual… Unique design…

Good job!

Thank you for taking the time to report it.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 08-22-2013 12:48 AM

Very nicely done—it reflects a great deal of planning and patient craftsmanship.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 08-22-2013 01:57 AM

Cool table – Must have taken a lot of patience.

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#6 posted 08-22-2013 02:44 AM

That is crazy in a great way. I agree with time, effort and patience. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 08-22-2013 02:49 AM

Mark, that is a gorgeous table! I love it. You did a great honor to the Southwest in the design and the woods chosen to make that such a piece of art. I wish I had your patience!!

Thanks for sharing, my friend!!.......................Jim

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

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#8 posted 08-22-2013 02:57 AM

Beautiful work Mark, thanks for posting.

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#9 posted 08-22-2013 07:19 AM

This is realy wooden art!Great tale!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 08-22-2013 07:46 AM

Wow! The finished article is a great result from all of the effort you put in along the way. The patterns are very eye catching. Well done.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#11 posted 08-22-2013 08:20 AM

Amazing, Love the details and the colors….. You hit this one out of the park…

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

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#12 posted 08-22-2013 08:24 AM

A mind blowing experience looking around this table. Great accomplishment in completing it. There is enough combination of inlays and cutting techniques here along with angles to match for a few cutting boards. Very good job matching the pattern around each corner on the table top.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#13 posted 08-22-2013 11:36 AM

Wow that is an amazing table….a lot of work has gone into that pattern…Awesome table…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#14 posted 08-22-2013 12:28 PM

Exceptional! Mark that turned out Beautifully.
Well done!!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#15 posted 08-22-2013 01:47 PM

Very nice.
I don’t know where you find the time after following all of your other projects.

Your house has really turned out nice and this table is perfect next to your refurbished couch.

Is there anything you can’t do?

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