Coffee table

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Project by Gibernak posted 158 days ago 1686 views 10 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I found three slabs of oak and some smaller pieces of oak in the trash at the lumber store. It’s understandable, because it was was kind of unsellable. They had allot of cracks and most of it was “edge wood”. After looking at them for at while I decided to make a coffee table using the wood I had.

So I kept the shape and the length of the bigger pieces and put them together with some butterflies out of wenge. and a couple at each end because of the cracks.
I had to find an extra piece for one of the legs, but otherwise it worked out using what I found.
The legs is two legs one wider and one thicker and with a centrebar at the bottom

it’s about 45 cm wide and 115 cm long.

It’s rustic and recycling and I put some effort into making nice joints. I think it turned out nice.

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#1 posted 158 days ago

Very nice.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#2 posted 158 days ago

looks great

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#3 posted 158 days ago

I like it. And the plus is you were able to use something that you found for free. Way to go.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#4 posted 158 days ago

What a wonderful table you have made
I love the color and the fact that you were able to make something beautiful out of trash.
Really fine work and what a finish.
Wenge is my favourite wood.
And a happy birthday to someone – I se birthday flags on the last picture. ;-)
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 158 days ago

Excellent job! If you hadn’t told us that this wood came from a trash bin we never would have known…

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 158 days ago

Awesome salvage. Great job.

-- 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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#7 posted 158 days ago

That is a great table. You should be happy with how it came out.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#8 posted 158 days ago

Nice is an understatement ! Great looking table with a sweet finish on it.

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

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#9 posted 158 days ago

That turned out WAY better than “nice”. That is a spectacular piece I would be proud to have in my house! George Nakishima would be pleased with this one as you let the wood tell you what it wanted to be.

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

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#10 posted 158 days ago

Yes it did turn out nice! Well done!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 158 days ago

I’d be very proud to have that table in my house! Great job!

-- Tommy

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#12 posted 157 days ago

Very nice. I’ve seen those “butterflies” on other projects. I think they’ve been used in a similar way, i.e., to hold together pieces of wood that don’t exactly line up or match. How did you learn that technique? Is there an online resource that is a good place to start. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve - Seaford, DE

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#13 posted 157 days ago

Stunning! Well done.

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#14 posted 157 days ago

Very cool design and a great build.

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 157 days ago

Awesome table!!! I love everything about it. How did you join the top to the trestles?

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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