Quartersawn Oak Coffee Table Made from Random Bits

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Project by Sundowner posted 02-19-2019 01:27 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever have one of those projects that you didn’t need, wasn’t commissioned, and had no plans for, but still just got born out of seeing a bunch of random bits sitting in a pile?

Cleaning up the shop, I came across a rough-cut 8×8 oak timber that Con Ed dug up from a work site in Brooklyn and tossed in a dumpster. You never see a solid 8×8 with no heart to it anymore, so I got excited and asked if I could have it. They looked at me like I was nuts, but they were glad to get rid of it.

About six months ago, I came across a curb find table that was broken, but had a good piece of tempered glass in it, so I grabbed it.

The last pieces were the tiles in the lower shelf, which came from a discount bin at my local tile shop where they throw last season’s display tiles in for cheap.

I did have to dive into my stocks for a piece of oak to have enough material for the lower shelf, and the sapele inlays in the legs and the shelf also came from some scrap of another project.

The build-up is pretty typical of my work; all mortise and tenon for the frame, and the bandsaw definitely earned it’s keep on this build. The finish is two coats of brush-on water base satin poly, knocked down with 400 grit paper, then two coats of wipe-on oil based poly followed by two coats of common automotive wax.

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 02:54 PM

Very attractive. Nicely done… and nice saves.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 04:08 PM

Nice choice on the Legs!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 02-19-2019 04:57 PM

I like the integral corbels – looks great. The tiles are a really nice touch as well. Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to become, and this table is certainly a fitting piece for your oak lumber.

Very nice project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 02-19-2019 06:35 PM

Beautiful table. Nicely done.

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#5 posted 02-20-2019 05:20 AM

Beautiful design…especialy bottom shelve.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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