Small Table Finds New Life with Quartersawn Oak Top

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Project by jetnum posted 01-03-2012 01:47 AM 1469 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A neighbor down the street was discarding a little end table with a rectangular top made of press board with thin but badly damaged mahoghany veneer (last picture shows the original top). Although the table top was in a worthless condition, I thought I might be able to bring new life to the slender but sturdy solid mahoghany base.

So I nabbed the table and made a new top in a completely different shape from the original using a single ~14.5” wide quartersawn white oak board with nice linear grain. As with most of the other pieces I make, the white oak board was sourced from local “Urban” lumber. I mixed together a couple of Minwax stains to obtain the color you see here.

You might not think that a 14.5” board is exceptionally wide, but remember remember that this board was quartersawn, so the log from which it came must have been at least 30” in diameter before being quartered. In the State of Michigan, that’s a fairly substantial tree.

-- “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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#1 posted 01-03-2012 01:59 AM

Great recycle! The stain is a great color. Which two MW stains did you mix and about what ratio? You result looks close to MW “Gunstock” which I use a lot on red oak.

Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 02:11 AM

The color in the first picture (end view) reminds me of Bubinga.
Nice piece of QSWO : )
I applaud your reuse of the old table framework / legs , but that Oak deserves better . JMHO : )

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 02:29 AM

Good save it’s a real cool table.

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 04:41 AM

Thanks for the comments, guys!

@Viking: Yes, it is MW “Gunstock” mixed with MW “Ebony” in a ratio of about 24 Gunstock to 1 Ebony – So basically it is Gunstock but just a tad darker and browner so it wouldn’t look overly red.

@Dusty56: Hah ha, I agree with you! The oak top does indeed deserve a table frame that is a bit more refined than the plain “matchstick” frame that I recycled there. Once I realized how nicely the top had turned out, I did seriously consider making a frame with tapered legs and perhaps a narrow skirt … but then I reminded myself that the goal was to recycle the old table and—importantly—get the project over and done with quickly so I can use the table next week instead of 2 months from now. So, yeah, it is a bit of a compromise …

-- “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 08:36 AM

That really looks great!

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