Coffee table base from salvaged Redwood root

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Project by scruboak51 posted 127 days ago 874 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another project complete using my thrift store score of redwood roots.

I’ve been trying my hand at the blog feature, there you can find more details on the build

For the condensed version, this started as a pretty nasty piece of redwood drift wood found at the most unlikely of places; a local thrift shop. The raw piece was pretty nasty, there was a good bit of punky areas to contend with, but the price was right so I decided to give it new life.

I cut the initial chunk into two with my old crosscut saw, then proceeded to use an angle grinder with a flap disc to make quick work of knocking off the weathered patina and stripping away the punky wood.

After the basic shaping I flattened to the and bottom using a router jig and finally spent a good 3 or 4 hours sanding mostly with a random orbital sander (and a bit by hand).

Finish is 3ish coats of shellac.

What is really unique about this piece is that there is no true top, bottom, front or back. It really gives you something interesting from just about any angle.

Plan for now is to try to sell this locally and turn those proceed back into the hobby. Sometimes it’s hard to let go, so that plan may change..

One note, yes, my living room floor is plywood… currently in the middle of laying hardwood floors.

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#1 posted 127 days ago

Great work. Awesome color and finish.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 127 days ago

beautiful work. And if you kept it, it would be a prized possession.

Don’t you love the way shellac makes things pop. Poly never does what shellac does.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 126 days ago

I am so jealous, I would go to the thrift store with my wife is they had stuff like this there. Amazing work…. What a great table.

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

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#5 posted 126 days ago

that is awesome, it is so cool and beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#6 posted 126 days ago

That really is an amazing piece. is it two different bases, or is it just that it has so much character it seems that way? either way, it’s definitely one of a kind! just for curiosity, what are the tabletop dimensions? is this coffee table size of dining table size?

-- Gridlockd

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#7 posted 126 days ago

Gridlocked. It’s just one base pictured in different orientations. It’s coffee table sized;
Height: 19 inches (38cm)
Length: 30 inches (76cm)
Width: 22 inches (56cm)

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#8 posted 124 days ago

Very Nice! & Well Done! Thanks For Posting.

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#9 posted 120 days ago

Wonderful table! Like the gorgeous driftwood, perfect base for the glass top. Excellent work!

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