End Table.

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 03-20-2017 06:35 PM 1374 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This end table is made from a mesquite slab and a pecan tree crotch. All the bark was removed from both and all the sap wood was also removed from the pecan. usually the mesquite is full of bug holes in the sap wood, but this was clear of any holes.

The top is about 14” diameter and off set to be centered over the base circle of the legs.

The slots in the top of the base were routed in using a plywood guide plate screwed to the top of the base for a flat surface to run the router on.

It is 24” high and finished with 8 coats of UV resistant polyurethane.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 03-20-2017 06:38 PM

WOW! Look at that glossy top. Good idea how to fix the plate to legs.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-20-2017 06:42 PM

That is really beautiful!

Three legs will always set firmly and not rock- I guess that’s why farmers used the design for milking stools!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 06:45 PM

Good looking table Jim. What is the approximate diameter of the trunk?

-- Jan, Free State Province, South Africa

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#4 posted 03-20-2017 07:30 PM

Jim that is a clever way to attach the base to the top. Thanks for the idea!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 07:45 PM

Well made and great looking too…

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#6 posted 03-20-2017 07:57 PM

Cool Stool Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 03-20-2017 08:59 PM

And people say I am excessive with 4 or 5 coats of poly!!!! Looks great!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 03-20-2017 10:28 PM

Very nice Jim, a great finish on top.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#9 posted 03-20-2017 10:34 PM

Elegant solution to attach the top. Great looking piece.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 03-21-2017 12:56 AM

I really like this one Jim. Every year I come across a lot of 3 and 4 legged crotches and think about attaching them to a top. That looks to be a good and secure way to do it. On my list for the summer. I have a 4 branch maple one out behind the garage, I will check out tomorrow.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 03-21-2017 12:57 AM

Hey Jim,
That is really beautiful, love the mesquite top.
I’m also impressed with the attachment method.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#12 posted 03-21-2017 01:47 AM

Nice job on the natural look Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 03-21-2017 02:37 AM

As always Jim, a great looking piece. It has a nice balance of size and strength. Good color combinations too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 03-21-2017 02:58 AM

Another great build Jim. That finish will keep it nice for years too.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#15 posted 03-21-2017 05:00 AM



I first thought that you poured some epoxy / resin on the top…
... BUT, 8 coats of UV protected Polyurethane!!
What kind, Brand, of poly did you use?

Very nice!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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