small endgrain table for the office

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Project by murrayintokyo posted 01-26-2019 12:03 PM 1016 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on a small table to spruce up my bland office in Tokyo. I had some cedar posts and some 2×4s on hand so decided to slice the posts and make an end-grain top. I ripped the 2×4s a bit thinner, and used the off cuts to add a trim to the table edge. Its a trapezoid shape and designed to be against a wall/window on one side.
Finished with polyurethane and buffed to a semigloss sheen.

Not too fancy but it was a freebie for the office, and it does spruce up the area abit!

A few pics also on my FB page and instagram

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#1 posted 01-26-2019 02:33 PM

Wow, that top looks pretty cool. With a few tweaks of the legs, it could be a cool little writing desk.

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#2 posted 01-26-2019 06:19 PM

I like your creative use of end grained veneer. How did you keep from splitting?

-- Jerrybox-Boxes Unlimited

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#3 posted 01-26-2019 06:51 PM

Simply Marvelous!

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 01-26-2019 10:12 PM

Hi Jerry,
The endgrain slices are about an inch thick each and have been sitting in my house a few years… fingers crossed no more splitting will happen. There were a few hairline splits I filled with epoxy… I am very curious to see how it will hold up.

Hi Steve,
I was thinking the same thing, but didnt want to put the effort into an office freebie. But its also a bit of a test of concept… might do something with a bit more elegance but same type of top in the future.


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#5 posted 01-27-2019 02:57 AM

The endgrain slices look pretty cool. Nice chamfer plane.

-- Galootish log blog,

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