Blue pine and alder coffee table

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Project by Kade Knight posted 10-27-2014 06:14 PM 1925 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my take on a modern rustic coffee table. The top is beetle kill pine harvested from local forests here in Colorado. I love the colors the fungus creates in the pine! The pine gave me some fits though. After I glued up the panel and released the clamps, a couple cracks developed in the pine. I don’t know exactly what caused it but I was a little devastated at first. I was going to start over but then decided since I was going for a rustic look, I might as well put in some cherry butterflies and leave the cracks. This was my first attempt at butterflies and I just mortised out the cavity with bench chisels. My chisel work is a little crude but hey its rustic. The legs and aprons are alder. I drew the curves in the aprons using a thin piece of scrap wood pinched in a bar clamp then cut the curves with a bandsaw. I started to fair the curves with a sanding block but that was taking forever. Then I remembered I had an old compass plane my dad found somewhere. So I tuned it up, sharpened the old blade, and in no time at all had the curves smooth and symetrical. This table was finished with thinned BLO followed by a sealcoat of shellac and many many coats of a wiping varnish.

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#1 posted 10-27-2014 08:35 PM

Very nice table. It looks great. I like the curves you added to the aprons.

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#2 posted 10-28-2014 09:54 PM

Love it. Beautiful wood and an elegant design.

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