Cedar Coffee Table with Copper Legs

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Project by Jeremy posted 01-11-2018 04:41 PM 2040 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Soooo… after roughly 6 months I’m finally finding time to get back to some fun projects. I while ago i purchased 2 cedar slabs and this is the second one (previous one I turned into a “Live Edge Bench” )

The BOSS (wife, purveyor of purse strings, project priority manger, etc.) are very much into the “trend” of the Gas Iron Pipe and wood combinations. I’ve recently been working with copper piping and fitting (all Type L “thick wall”). I find it to be significantly easier to work with and , for what I’m doing with it, just as strong. The main benefits are being able to bend the copper (tube bender from the electrical conduit aisle at your local HD or Lowes works wonders. Being able to create custom lengths for runs ( not limited to 2” dimensions for length). Still being able to use Iron Pipe Floor Adapters and unions. Probably my favorite, getting to play with fire (when soldering the joints together).

While the Commander was exceptionally happy with the live edge bench and removing the bark, she decreed that the coffee table was to have the bark left intact and preserved to give a more rustic look. So me, being the good little minion… I mean husband, began the labor of love. While I used a draw knife to remove the bark on the bench, I was able to skip that step here and get into the routing the recess for the glass panel, and then the best part of all…. sanding… I could go on for hours about how much I love sanding… but… there are better things to do. Like the part where I dropped one of the halves on my toe. While I know and truly believe that due diligence on the prep work pays off, and I do it, I wish I could wave a wand and skip it.

I used Minwax Wipe On Poly (I know I can make it myself, I i have left over from the bench….) I did 5 coats and it was a breeze to work with. the legs are 1” Type L thick wall copper with an assortment of fittings stepping down to 3/4” for the cross brace. Finally the center section is 1/2” pipe and fittings with a “K” representing the lineage and first letter of our family crest Kelly…. Iron Pipe Floor adapters and Unions where used to affix the pipe to the slabs and the unions make great adjustments for variances in floors.

Also have to give credit to Kimber (my truck riding buddy and general doer or dog stuff aka “dogging”). Without his diligent protection, watchful eye and ridiculous barking, the plastic bag may have softly blown across the grass during the cool winter breeze and violently attacked my lower ankle hence inducing irreparable harm and most likely loss of life. You can see him taking up the most advantageous position directly under my work area…. I have attached his resume picture for when he interviewed for the Watch Dog/Saver & Master Protector of all Hooman Lives. It is easy to see with his menacing scowl and viscous Doberman blood lusting eyes how he got the job…

As always I appreciate the time to look at my projects and welcome comments, feedback, recommendations, and/or questions.

PS… who else has shop dogs that love to be under your feet… I mean in the way…errr “help”?

-- I enjoy getting "lost"... the only outcome is "finding" yourself.

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#1 posted 01-11-2018 06:42 PM

Nice Steampunk look!

(I take it your wifey never reads these…)

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 01-11-2018 06:56 PM

Nice Steampunk look!

(I take it your wifey never reads these…)

- Tennessee

No she does not… or you would be reading my obituary next!!!!

But I do love her and she provides a ton of inspiration and drive for me to stay focused. She truly appreciates my skills, and it’s always nice to hear her brag about me to her girl friends. I would be RICH without her…. I mean lost.

-- I enjoy getting "lost"... the only outcome is "finding" yourself.

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#3 posted 01-11-2018 07:02 PM

I really like they way the wood turned out on this project, look great with the glass. What size trunks did you start with?

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#4 posted 01-11-2018 07:07 PM

I really like they way the wood turned out on this project, look great with the glass. What size trunks did you start with?

- bigblockyeti

The Slabs were 5” thick in rough form and ended at 41/2” thick when finished. The width varies from 11-15 inches. Thanks for the kind words.

-- I enjoy getting "lost"... the only outcome is "finding" yourself.

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#5 posted 01-11-2018 10:11 PM

Love the grain

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 01-11-2018 10:40 PM

Wow! That is beautiful wood and you did a very nice job on this coffee table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 01-12-2018 01:19 AM

This is beautiful and I love the touch of the “K” for your family crest. I like the combination of the cedar and copper. And your watchful shop partner :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#8 posted 01-12-2018 02:43 AM

This came out great. I also enjoyed your write-up, made me laugh. I too have a shop dog who likes to be in the way and steal all my scrap wood and chew on it until it is of no use to me, then go steal some more. She does not protect me from wayward plastic bags though…so I am envious of yours ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 01-13-2018 02:00 AM

man that is just cool bro!i just love the combo of wood and copper pipe.its so hard to come up with something different and original,and you hat is off-bravo!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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