Live edge coffee table

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Project by MBHaysKS posted 06-28-2018 04:28 PM 962 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was a first in several aspects.

1. This spruce tree was standing next to my wife’s aunt’s porch. The tree was dying and she decided to have it cut down. I asked her if I could have the logs from this and two other trees.

2. A fellow industrial arts teacher in a neighboring district has a TimberKing sawmill. I took the looks to him and we cut them after school one day last fall.

3. After these slabs dried to under 10% I picked the one with the most warp and twist to it. I flattened, glued, and sanded until I had a coffee table sized slab.

4. First I used a heat gun to liquify the pitch pockets and then I filled the empty pockets with clear epoxy. After that I used the same epoxy as a finish. This was another first for me and I have worked through a few challenges and trials.

5. This was also my first time using black iron pipe as part of a project. The part that baffled me for a while was the leg bases. I wanted to be able to put a furniture pad on the bottom of the legs, but was afraid that with only a ring around the perimeter it wouldn’t stick long. I was going to have a friend turn some metal plugs to thread in then I thought about just taping off the bottom and pouring some leftover epoxy from another pour in each leg. Once the epoxy cured I took the tape off and it worked perfectly.

Overall this was a great learning experience and I think it turned out great.

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#1 posted 06-28-2018 04:41 PM

Good looking and very sturdy table!!


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#2 posted 06-29-2018 02:40 AM

Very nice!

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#3 posted 06-29-2018 08:35 PM

Splendid use of the natural shape.

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#4 posted 07-03-2018 04:02 AM

Industrial sized chink of wood, so it’s natural it sit’s on an industrial looking leg, nice mix. Generally I like the slab, and don’t think much of the tube steel frames a lot are using, this has a look like it came form 1917. Add in the family history of the tree, and this is a winner, nice job.

Thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 07-07-2018 01:49 AM

That base looks like it would hold up a ton ! Nice work.

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