Sculpted trestle coffee table

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 11-28-2010 05:53 AM 6076 views 15 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sculpted coffee table was designed by us but heavily influenced by the designs of Sam Maloof. Built from solid Walnut, all joints have been reinforced with internal screws and dowels. The legs and table support have been sculpted into a main center post attached with a trestle for strength and elegance.

- Sculpted trestle
- Maloof Joinery
- Solid 1’’ top
- Removable top
- Dimensions – Length 49’’ – Width 30’’ – Height 17’‘

We build all of our furniture by hand one at a time in our 2 man shop, located just west of Toronto, Canada. To view more detailed pictures or to view other work, please visit our Custom wooden rocking chair.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 06:30 AM

Definitely see the Maloof influence. He’s my favorite. Great work. Love the joinery and lines. Superb.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 06:41 AM

Beautiful design and execution ! The flow of the joinery and seamless lines are top notch !!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 08:00 AM

Another MASTERPIECE. Well done Paul. Keep up the great work – it’s truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 09:39 AM

Nice work

-- Vince

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 10:36 AM

Really nice.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 11:48 AM

Wow that is one nice piece of furniture.
The design is so fluid and beautiful wood.
Thanks for Sharing.
Other pieces are also nice

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 02:58 PM

Handsome! Good stuff Paul….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 05:04 PM

What a great table. He would be proud! Great lines and curves that is one to be proud of !

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 05:19 PM

Fantastic!! Beautiful design and build, great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 11-28-2010 05:38 PM


You guys do great work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 11-28-2010 05:47 PM

Beautiful , simply beautiful : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 11-28-2010 09:03 PM

The sculpted joints are exemplary. Thanks for sharing!

I do have one question, though: The center piece of the vertical support you showed looks like stained cherry rather than walnut. Obviously I completely believe you that you actually used walnut, but is this particular piece from a different tree? Is it just the angle of the light on the wood that makes it appear so red? It may just be the bad color rendition of my laptop monitor, but I have never seen walnut finish up so consistently red. I have definitely seen red and “purple” streaks within a brown or grey board, but never a piece that had that base color. I just realized that it might be a stain with more red tones over sapwood, but it really does look like the red is the base color of the wood in that piece.

I noticed the rockers next to the table in the last picture had a similar color, so I am wondering if that is a special trick you have for finishing, if it is just unique stock you have, or if the pictures really aren’t getting the color right.

Regardless, the piece is wonderful, and I certainly wish my skill at sculpting flowing joints were nearly as good as yours! :)

-- David from Indiana --

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#13 posted 11-28-2010 09:27 PM

Great work paul. I just checked your previous projects. Is it true you have only been doing the Maloof style/sculpted furniture for less than a year?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 11-28-2010 09:35 PM

The joinery work really puts this in a special class. Excellent!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Canadian Woodworks

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#15 posted 11-28-2010 09:50 PM

The stock was all 6/4 from a local supplier. I bought 300bdft 8/4 and 150 bdft 6/4. All the 8/4 was KD steamed so there was lot’s of sap and it was blended with the dark heart more of a brown Walnut.

The 6/4 was all KD but not steamed from what I can tell anyways. Yes some was really red, the finish we use is 3 part mixture BLO, Tung and Poly so about as natural as you get. So yes the red was just the way the stock came absolutely no stain was used is any piece I have posted on here.

Yes we have been at this style of furniture for under a year, we’ve learned a lot, but there is always much more to learn. We have some interesting designs on the drawing board so keep watching!

I forgot to mention I did a blog entry on this custom trestle coffee table.


-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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