Solid Red Oak Coffee Table

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Project by George posted 03-12-2010 02:29 AM 3548 views 10 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of the time I build with rough sawn pine just because I like it and I have a local saw mill and its dirt cheap. This time I went with a hardwood Red Oak. This stuff was rough sawn as well but it gave me a chance to use my new surface planer that I just got at the New Jersey Woodworking Show.

I can tell you this is the best wood I have ever had the chance to work with I think I will be building more projects with Oak!! if any of you fellow NJ builders need any type of wood I have found a great supplier in Fairfield NJ. their web site is ... nice people and good price on the lumber.

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 02:36 AM

I would call this a very handsome piece.

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 02:47 AM

very nice great craftsmanship

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 02:58 AM

Beautiful looking table. Very nicely done.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 03:13 AM

really nice.. what finish did you use?

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 03:16 AM

Sweeeet looks really nice.
I thought it was a lot bigger until I seen the pic with the chicken in it.

-- David South FLorida

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 03:23 AM

I thought it was big too … unless that’s a giant chicken!

Nice work. I too am curious about the finish.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 03:27 AM

Oh yeah much nicer than pine

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#8 posted 03-12-2010 03:30 AM

I like it. nice grillwork

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#9 posted 03-12-2010 04:02 AM

I love it! It looks like a bomb could go off next to it and not hurt a thing. The grid on the side is really nice too. Keep working in oak you do fantastic things with it!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#10 posted 03-12-2010 04:19 AM

That side detail is intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

-- David from Indiana --

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#11 posted 03-12-2010 04:35 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#12 posted 03-12-2010 08:06 AM

Thanks for the comments… And yes that is a Giant Chicken “Vern” he stands around 23” tall he seems to always come around when I am taking photos of my work… Table size is 42”L X 24”W X 19” H as for the finish all I used is Minwax Dark Walnut and I shot it with a few coats of clear poly then rubbed it out with 0000 steel wool. for the grill I painted black first then sanded the black down a little then walnut stain on top of that.

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#13 posted 03-12-2010 05:49 PM

I thought that was a big rooster! I like the scale of the features in this piece – very sturdy and stylish.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 03-12-2010 06:49 PM

very nice work, vern is a big boy or girl huh? i say that cuz aren’t chickens female and the rooster male? I don’t know, no big deal. Freind of mine has three females and one male not as big though, did u get him from a catalog or a local farm? One other thing the pine you use to work with is it hard enough to get good projects from? I used some pine and it wa so soft everytime i touched it the wrong way it dented this is why i ask?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#15 posted 03-13-2010 03:19 AM

That’s a sweet looking table. Nice design and details.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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