Reclaimed Cypress Coffee Table

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Project by snakerake posted 11-16-2015 04:49 AM 2560 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Coffee table built from 3” x 8” beams bought from a salvage yard in New Orleans. I think they were Cypress ( as Cypress is very common in Nola) but they might be old growth pine also. The Stainless Steel hairpin legs came from Finished with Rustoleum Matte water based polyurethane. I lightly planed one side of the beams to expose the grain, but left the edges and underside weathered. Finished size is 32” x 48”

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#1 posted 11-16-2015 05:39 AM

That is one handsome table. I can’t tell from the pictures, how did you join the four beams together?

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#2 posted 11-16-2015 09:33 AM

Great table!
Joining Levex’s Q, about joining the beams.

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#3 posted 11-16-2015 01:35 PM

Well they are very heavy so I overdid it. I used a festoon domino to make floating tenons glued and clamped. And I then added a few pocket hole screws.

I didn’t joint the edges since there were a few nails leftover that I couldn’t remove. But I was happy with the slight gaps I caused. It worked with the look of the table.

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#4 posted 11-16-2015 03:37 PM

Just for info allow me to explain my experience with old growth pine. I obtained some of this pine from an 116 year old barn that has sit here in NM sun and was extremely weathered. When I planned it the odor of pine was very very strong and there was actually still fresh pitch once I got 1/8 in. deep. All this just to say your table is beautiful and I would vote for cypress if you didn’t smell pine when working it…..Jim

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#5 posted 11-16-2015 04:41 PM

Very nice, great job.

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#6 posted 11-16-2015 04:52 PM

This is a real beauty. The wood is fantastic.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 11-17-2015 01:57 AM

Slick design. We often use the festool dominoes and west systems 610 epoxy on staircase landing repairs at work. Creates one helluva strong joint.

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#8 posted 11-22-2015 05:43 PM

Nice and simple!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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