New coffee table top for the kid's living room.

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Project by Dustin Ward (aka Tearen) posted 08-16-2007 06:39 PM 2151 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple weeks back I was cleaning the kid’s living room. When I pulled an old coloring book off the table I found a nice surprise. One of my boys had spilled his milk and then covered it with the coloring book. The milk soaked into the wicker top and we had a fungus forest growing. The wife wanted me to throw the table away, but I decided to replace the top instead.

I decided to just veneer a piece of plywood I had sitting around. Probably a little to artistic for the kid’s room, but I had fun making it. The background is Mahogany, the sun is Bubinga, and the rays are figured Makore. The cost of the materials made my wife happy. The only thing I paid for was the glue and finish. All the wood was free. It is amazing what companies throw out these days.

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#1 posted 08-16-2007 06:47 PM

ooooh no… not the old “cover it with a book” scheme…
I’m glad that you were able to save the table (love the frame).

And now—well, I think you just have to thank the kids because a great table now became a masterpiece!!!
Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 08-16-2007 06:54 PM

fantastic !

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#3 posted 08-16-2007 08:07 PM

As said at many a hockey game, “That was a FANTASIC save!”

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 08-17-2007 02:08 AM

Awesome job. You’d never know the origin and that it was only veneered fromt he picture.


-- Steven

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#5 posted 08-17-2007 02:16 AM

I’m all for recycling. Great Job!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 08-17-2007 08:11 PM

Great save!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 08-17-2007 08:15 PM

Nice job on the conversion.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 11-05-2007 07:00 AM

Fun looking project. this is way beyond my veneering experience level. I’m impressed

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 04-15-2010 07:06 PM

Awesome score… I love finding and re-using materials and trash Someone was throwing out a teak veneer entertainment center.. I took it to the studio saved all the hardware and cut the damages stuff away and trimmed off as much teak as I could… free! except for the time. Great design!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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