Walnut Burl coffee table w/ rock leg

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Project by MRue posted 04-06-2015 09:00 PM 13613 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was trying for something unusual.

2” thick Walnut slab. I found at the landscaping rock yard a chunk of columnar basalt that I used for the leg. No, the rock doesn’t go through the slab. I cut the end of the rock and epoxied it to the tabletop to give it that appearance.

It took several hours to flatten the slab with the router. I made a custom jig to move the router. About a 1/32” at a time. Dusty job … wear a dust filter to cover your mouth!!

The stretcher between the legs I spent a lot of time with the Random orbital Sander, and some shop tools to bang it up to give it a rustic appearance. Have never done that before. It seems to go against every instinct to intentionally rough up your project, but I persevered and I think it came out fine.

Let me know what you think


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#1 posted 04-06-2015 09:24 PM

I like it!

I wouldn’t have cut the rock though. I would have tried for a bridle joint between the rock and the slab. ;-)


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 04-06-2015 11:57 PM

Interesting design. The rock definitely makes it a one of a kind!

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

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#3 posted 04-07-2015 12:10 AM

I definitely like the combination of rock and wood! And I love that walnut!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 04-07-2015 01:53 AM

Very unique! I love one of a kind pieces and the use of the rock for a leg gets it there and then some. I know what you mean about distressing going against the grain. I’m too used to making it smooth. Great work!


-- Bob in Okieland

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#5 posted 04-07-2015 09:25 AM

I really like the way that this turned out. It seems simple, clean and easy for the eye to look at. It must be enjoyable to look at and use. Thanks for sharing. I think I’m going to copy your router jig and use it on a natural edge walnut top that I have. Did you use a spiral straight bit or a mortising bit? Adding to my favorites…I really like it.

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#6 posted 04-07-2015 11:31 AM

Gorgeous work. Love it.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#7 posted 04-07-2015 01:14 PM

I like it, unique. It has kind of a cave man appeal.

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#8 posted 04-07-2015 05:38 PM


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#9 posted 04-07-2015 06:11 PM

very cool. I like the protruding leg. It would be an eye-catching feature even if it was wood.

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#10 posted 04-07-2015 06:49 PM

looks great

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#11 posted 04-08-2015 12:43 AM

Great job. Love the out of the box thinking. I’ve made stuff with that jig before and know how messy and time consuming it can be. Looks like it was worth it!

-- Wishin` I was fishin`!

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#12 posted 04-12-2015 12:20 AM

This is really nice. Very original, sturdy, beautiful to look at and certainly practical and sure to be a favorite piece for someone.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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