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Forum topic by Farrout posted 04-28-2013 03:19 PM 692 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Farrout

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04-28-2013 03:19 PM

I had an idea of using old coffee table tops for lumber for boxes I want to make.
I found one at a flea market yesterday and brought it home.

Since it is oval shaped, I tacked a temp straight edge so I could run it through the table saw.

I tried to match one of the glue up lines, but on the other end, the joint didn’t match.

Anyway, this is what I ended up with after I ran it through the planer.
Any idea what this stuff is made of?

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 03:24 PM

I’d say birch, hard to say from the picture, maybe maple.

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 03:27 PM

cherry, maybe? Or alder?

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 03:28 PM

Looks like cherry to me, but I’m no expert, (big understatement). A great source of quality wood that is well dried out and stable. We don’t have much of that here. If it’s solid wood it’s an antique otherwise it is veneered chipboard. Should make an excellent box, but I would also resaw it to 1/2” thick as this thickness seems to look best for most boxes, at least to me. The leftover from the resaw could be used to make in inner tray for the box. Sorry, I’m just babbling. Have fun.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Farrout

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 03:51 PM

Babble on. No problem.
Antique is an interesting word. Kind of like retirement.
It’s old enough to be solid wood, but hopefully not old enough to be antique, otherwise I just destroyed an antique!
I ran the first piece through the planer and got it down to 1/2”.
I cut up the rest of the top into 2.5” wide pieces and I’ll resaw/plane them down to 3/8” and 1/2”.
Thanks
Dennis

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redSLED

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#5 posted 04-28-2013 04:57 PM

Yep. Exactly what I would’ve done.

Maple I say.

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Farrout

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#6 posted 04-28-2013 05:43 PM

Here is the result of the day’s work.

Approximately 22 feet of 2 1/4×3/8 boards.
Approximately the same amount of scrap after the resaw.

Now for some practice with the dove tail jig.

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coachmancuso

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#7 posted 04-28-2013 06:03 PM

Do you live right in Tampa? I live in Lakeland and I bought a coffee table just like that for 2.00 at a community yard sale I love it here, not retired but that will do

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Farrout

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#8 posted 04-28-2013 07:53 PM

Yes, I live in Citrus Park.
I paid $20 and my wife laughed at me. She said I should have talked them down.
Oh well, lots to learn.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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WDHLT15

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#9 posted 04-29-2013 01:53 AM

I agree that it is maple.

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richardwootton

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#10 posted 04-29-2013 02:13 AM

I’d listen to Mr. Mizer, he always nails it.

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