Recycled Wood Coffee Table.

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Project by Mustang67 posted 05-18-2014 02:09 AM 1614 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pallet wood coffee table. A friend gave me a couple of imported pallets. The wood was mixed heartwood/sapwood. The sapwood was very red or orange with bright yellow streaks. The top is laminated 3 boards thick total approx. 1 1/2” thick. The wood for the aprons looks like curly koa. The top and aprons are finished with amber shellac. The legs were made from the all sapwood boards and finished with walnut danish oil. The inserts are painted sandstone blocks about an inch thick.

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#1 posted 05-18-2014 09:54 AM

That’s a very impressive result.

Just out of interest may I ask a couple of questions,
1. What sort of joints did you use?
2. What are you doing to do with the table?
3. Tell me more about the painted sandstone inserts

Great work!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 05-18-2014 11:12 AM

Very nice result …you did an excellent job…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 05-18-2014 03:42 PM

Thanks guys. Rob, to answer your questions. 1. What sort of joints did you use? The aprons are attached to the legs with mortise and tenon joints. The tenons were made on the table saw, and the mortises were hand chiseled. The top is attached to the apron with fasteners. I routed a 1/2” groove all along the inside of the aprons to within about 2” of the tenon. I made 10 wooden fasteners out of some scrap. The tongues of the fasteners are just a little smaller than the groove, and the bases are about 3/8” so they pull tight to the apron when screwed down.

2. What are you doing to do with the table? I’ve been making other projects, and my wife was after me to make her a coffee table to replace the press board and paper veneer table we’ve had for the last 20 years. Now I have to make a couple of end tables to make to match the coffee table.

3. Tell me more about the painted sandstone inserts. The painted sandstone are stepping stones I purchased at a local landscape company. I found two that looked like they were bookend cut, and placed them so they were a mirror reflection of each other. They are 17 1/2” square and 1” thick (which worked out perfectly since the top is 3, 1/2” boards glued together. The bottom board is 1/2” wider than the top two to allow the sandstone to rest on the lip.) I used a stone sealer and enhancer on them to keep spills from seeping into the stone. I used antique white latex caulk to hold the sandstone in place. (I wanted to redo the the caulk with tan, but my wife liked the white, so it stays.)

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#4 posted 05-18-2014 07:13 PM

very nice,I like the two tone top.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 12-24-2014 03:45 AM

Nice, Mustang! Just saw your video, glad you decided to post it! Not much prettier than curly grain, love it!

-- God bless, Candy

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