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Project by RCCinNC posted 02-10-2019 12:01 AM 1308 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been replacing furniture with stuff I designed and built for years, to the point where I’m now replacing some of my own pieces. Years ago I built a coffee table using my brand spanking new Shopsmith. I was really proud of it, and considering my lack of experience…a good reason to be at the time. For the last fifteen years though, it has been little more than an eyesore. Way past time to make a new one!
As usual, I’m terrible at planning or visualizing anything, so I started with some vague idea of resawing some 8/4 quarter sawn oak and mixing in some blood wood for contrast. And of course, I wanted something different. I’m not actually sure how I feel about it…and as the post title suggests, the bride has a somewhat understated opinion…but it was fun to build and certainly gets a double take from those who are used to my more “organic” curved legs and whatnot.

-- Live to putter...putter to live!





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anthm27

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#1 posted 02-10-2019 12:14 AM

Looks superb to me, you certainly have some patience.
I was wondering what you finished it with?
Kind Regards
Anthony

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BlueRidgeDog

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#2 posted 02-10-2019 12:44 AM

Excellent. In time the woods will match a bit more.

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RCCinNC

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#3 posted 02-10-2019 01:04 AM



Looks superb to me, you certainly have some patience.
I was wondering what you finished it with?
Kind Regards
Anthony

- anthm27


Appreciate the thumbs up Anthony!

Patience? Hmmmm….don’t get that one a lot! For a finish I used Minwax wipe on polyurethane, 4 coats of the gloss with a final coat of the satin. I don’t use bloodwood much…mostly for accents and small details…so when I was finishing the table top, I was surprised how slowly the finished dried. It is an oily wood! Successive coats dried more quickly though…and by the final coat, drying time was consistent on both the oak and bloodwood. I find the minwax wipe on to be a durable and easy to apply finish, but I don’t recommend multiple coats of the satin, as that tends to lessen the “pop” of the wood grain.

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#4 posted 02-10-2019 01:04 AM

I like the wood contrast and the design. Well done. She will get used to it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Sta2lt

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#5 posted 02-10-2019 02:07 AM

I really like it, both design and wood selection. I am a sucker for wood contrasts however.

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swirt

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#6 posted 02-10-2019 03:53 AM

I think it looks great. I like the design of the legs and how you joined them to the table top.

Sorry your bride is not happy. There is nothing like the feeling of spending 100 hrs on a project only to have a spouse go “meh”. Don’t ask me how I know ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 02-10-2019 04:06 AM

Have to admit the wood combinations are a bit stark, but there’s nothing wrong with being bold. Also, the overall design is obviously well conceived and well executed. I like it. And has been stated, it may mellow with age :)

The head-scratcher for me is the gripper. I’d probably hurt myself using it. But that too, is both well conceived and well executed :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#8 posted 02-10-2019 07:18 AM

Beautiful details, interesting joinery

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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recycle1943

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#9 posted 02-10-2019 11:48 AM

the blood wood is a great contrast and yes it is difficult to work with

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Peteybadboy

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#10 posted 02-10-2019 12:52 PM

I like the design as well as the build. You have me thinking to replace some of my old work.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 02-10-2019 08:07 PM

looks great, awesome wood selection, and joinery

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AJ1104

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#12 posted 02-11-2019 12:20 AM

Nicely designed. I like the shelf and the tapered legs. Good job!

-- AJ

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Rwolinski

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#13 posted 02-11-2019 12:21 AM

Extremely well done. I love the contrasting woods and the joinery at the legs is fantastic. Again well done.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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RCCinNC

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#14 posted 02-11-2019 04:16 AM



I think it looks great. I like the design of the legs and how you joined them to the table top.

Sorry your bride is not happy. There is nothing like the feeling of spending 100 hrs on a project only to have a spouse go “meh”. Don t ask me how I know ;)

- swirt

Truth be told,my wife is (fortunately) not unhappy. She just prefers some of my other projects more. Personally, I’m liking it more, given everyone’s positive comments…which I truly appreciate. Given my general approach to things, 100 hrs. sounds about right. Good thing I’m not trying to make a living doing this! ; ) Thanks for the feedback!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#15 posted 02-11-2019 03:10 PM

Mann I love this table, such a awesome design, and gratz on D3

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

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