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Project by bkap posted 354 days ago 1097 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my daughters asked me to make her a coffee table for her front room so this is what she gets.

This table is made using Burled Redwood with Argentine, natural edge, Mesquite legs. There are three legs for leveling ease and to complement the shape of the top being used. My daughter had said she was going to put metal legs on whatever I built so these legs are easily removed by cutting them off at the mounting area under the table top. I am not too sure this is what she wanted, but there it is. She can ask for something else if this is not to her liking.

I used the same finish I use for my rocking chairs and most other projects as seen at www. A mixture of Tung oil and Bees wax with a little bit of urethane I find is an excellent finish. I didn’t want a high gloss finish so I spread and rubbed the liquid until it was dry, about five minutes, rather than letting it dry on its own.

This same mixture finish is on four of my rockers in our living room and has not needed a refinish for over six years.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 354 days ago

If she wants metal legs, please have her seek some design counseling

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#2 posted 354 days ago

Totally unique and gorgeous wood.

-- Custom furniture

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#3 posted 354 days ago

Nice – we’ve been working on some similar projects with redwood burls. They finish beautifully!

We actually harden them to be more durable tops then go into the final finishing process.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#4 posted 354 days ago

I want…no, I NEED one of these. If your daughter does not want it my address is…... LOL Well done!

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#5 posted 354 days ago

I’m jealous of the material you had to work with. Where did it come from?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 354 days ago

I brought the wood with me when I came from California. I have more for sale.
Thanks for the enjoyable comments.
As you folks know Redwood is a soft wood so a table top should be treated in some way to guard against too many afflictions from daily use. I did this, but hesitate to go into the details fearing some misunderstanding.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#7 posted 354 days ago

That is a gorgeous table! It would be criminal to take those mesquite legs off. I’m curious as to how you “hardened” the redwood. Redwood is some beautiful stuff if it just weren’t so damage prone.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 354 days ago

I have looked at this table several times ,what a fantastic project . No words really do it justice.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#9 posted 354 days ago

Dear RCG

I just bought a 59 by apx 24 inch slab of the same or very similar material. They guy said it had been buried and was recovered and it has a lot of figure and the natural edge all around. I have been experimenting with finishes and will check out the link. I would appreciate knowing how to harden it to protect it from damage.

BTW in the last two photos can you see they face of a bearded man who is scratching his chin?


-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#10 posted 353 days ago

Experiment with Behlen “Rockhaed table top urethane varnish”

I liked and used a bit less glass then this product naturally gives.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#11 posted 352 days ago

The table is GORGEOUS, but I’m not surprised. Just what I was wanting. Thank you Daddy!!! Can’t wait to see it in person, in my living room.

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#12 posted 350 days ago

Fantastic table! Gorgeous top and awesome legs. Like the finish as well. Great job!

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