Solid Ash Waterfall Coffee Table

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Project by Durbs75 posted 09-22-2016 11:29 AM 1992 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table is big and is a recent project!!! Measuring in at 48 inches by 60 inches by 3 inches thick, this solid ash coffee table will host many family nights and homework too.

The table is made from solid ash and is 3 inches thick. It weighs in at around 200 pounds and is rock solid. The design is waterfall. The grain runs true all the way!! The finish is natural and was finished with a coat of shellac to warm up the grain and then a water white satin acrylic poly sprayed over that. It’s a beautiful natrual creamy color!!

One thing my client noticed was the duck or goose on the side of the table in the grain of the wood and this was not planned. I didn’t even notice it the whole time crafting this table. It just proves the old addage, “sometimes you can’t see the forest through the trees.” How true that is!!!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-22-2016 12:17 PM

Awesome work. Glad I didn’t have to deliver that.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-22-2016 04:31 PM

Monte, delivering this beast was not fun!!!! The client’s expression on their faces were priceless when they saw it, but getting it in the living room was a chore!! Besides being heavy, it’s an awkward shape to carry it balanced.

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#3 posted 09-22-2016 06:07 PM

It’s so beautiful in it’s simplicity. I like that 45 angle edge joints. The duck is realy surprise.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 09-22-2016 07:01 PM

Love the look of this. The joinery is great and it really is a great example of simple can be elegant.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#5 posted 09-22-2016 09:41 PM

Carey, you really did a nice job with the miters. Did you do that after the planks were glued together or did you miter the individual planks and then join them? How did you reinforce the miter joint? This is the first time I have seen a glued up slab like this and I think it is great idea.

-- Art

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#6 posted 09-23-2016 12:55 AM

AandCStyle – Thank you! It was quite a process to do this coffee table. I glued all the planks together and made a 4 foot by 10 foot long solid piece like a table top. I then took the whole thing to my former workplace and cut the miters on the sliding 12 inch table saw so I could keep the miters true and straight. To reinforce the miters, I have a mortise pal floating tenon jig and retrofitted it into a shop made jig to stay true and inline on the miters. I used a 1/2 inch spiral upcut bit and routed 2 inch wide mortises about 1 1/2 inches deep about 6 inches apart and for 2 rows. Lot’s of measuring and layout time on this. If I had a Festool Domino, it would have cut the production time about 1/3 to 1/2 of the total time. But overall, it turned out like I wanted it to!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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