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A River Table with A Jet Engine In It

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Project by BenhamDesign posted 04-19-2020 04:34 PM 1774 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been one of the more unique pieces I had the pleasure of designing and building. The piece of machinery in the center of the table is a compression chamber from a jet engine. The client that commissioned this project wanted a unique way to display the engine. After a few iterations of the design we came up with a coffee table where a river of glass is flowing out of the jet engine.
The base is made from walnut that is dyed to match some of the other millwork in the house. I reinforced the base with a hidden steel frame to help support the weight of the engine. I used one of my favorite design elements to make it look like a bridge, even though the water is flowing over the top of the bridge instead of underneath it, I think the element helps tie the theme together.
The top is made from a cottonwood live edge slab, which had some beautiful burls on it. The cottonwood tree was felled here in Colorado and provided by a local arborist, who helped slab the tree and dry the wood. Then for the river, I used real glass verses an epoxy pour.

If you are interested in how it was made you can watch it be built on youtube

Thanks for watching
Brian Benham
Colorado Furniture maker

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com





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DMiller

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#1 posted 04-19-2020 04:44 PM

That’s awesome!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#2 posted 04-19-2020 05:13 PM

Oh, thank god, a river table done the RIGHT way, ie., sin epoxy. Looks as though it was quite tricky to make the pattern for the glass through the chamber. A really really cool project all round.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#3 posted 04-19-2020 06:52 PM

wow over the top build once again brian,you just keep pushing it higher with each project.love your design and a beautiful slab.but i gotta ask,what does that table weigh complete.judging by the cherry picker id say a lot.seems like each build you do keeps getting heavier-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 04-19-2020 07:01 PM



Oh, thank god, a river table done the RIGHT way, ie., sin epoxy. Looks as though it was quite tricky to make the pattern for the glass through the chamber. A really really cool project all round.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns


thanks I have tried to stay away from the epoxy pour, Im sure at some point out landfills will be littered with resin that can’t be recycled.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com

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BenhamDesign

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#5 posted 04-19-2020 07:02 PM



wow over the top build once again brian,you just keep pushing it higher with each project.love your design and a beautiful slab.but i gotta ask,what does that table weigh complete.judging by the cherry picker id say a lot.seems like each build you do keeps getting heavier-lol.

- pottz


Thanks mas, I think the engine alone is around 800lbs so the completed table is probably getting close to 1000

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com

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#6 posted 04-19-2020 07:55 PM


wow over the top build once again brian,you just keep pushing it higher with each project.love your design and a beautiful slab.but i gotta ask,what does that table weigh complete.judging by the cherry picker id say a lot.seems like each build you do keeps getting heavier-lol.

- pottz

Thanks mas, I think the engine alone is around 800lbs so the completed table is probably getting close to 1000

- BenhamDesign

wow over the top build once again brian,you just keep pushing it higher with each project.love your design and a beautiful slab.but i gotta ask,what does that table weigh complete.judging by the cherry picker id say a lot.seems like each build you do keeps getting heavier-lol.

- pottz

Thanks mas, I think the engine alone is around 800lbs so the completed table is probably getting close to 1000

- BenhamDesign


wow i know you used the cherry picker in the shop but how the hell did you get that into the clients house?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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BenhamDesign

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#7 posted 04-19-2020 08:02 PM


wow i know you used the cherry picker in the shop but how the hell did you get that into the clients house?

- pottz


I took the crane apart and reassembled it inside. It was quite the process. I had to disassemble and reassimble the crane multiple times to get the table from my shop to it’s new home. It was quite the ordeal

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com

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#8 posted 04-19-2020 08:32 PM

Outstanding looking one very creative build.

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#9 posted 04-19-2020 09:32 PM

Now that’s Unique and interesting and dare I say beautiful… Ok it’s beautiful in it’s own way! Very nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 04-20-2020 12:13 AM

man i hope that guy likes where the table is placed because it dont sound like it’s getting moved real soon.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 04-20-2020 02:22 AM

Wow. Even without the cool jet turbine, that is an amazing piece of furniture. Amazing work. Glad I don’t have to move it, or dust it.

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#12 posted 04-20-2020 04:11 AM

Saw the title and had to click on your project – the product is exactly as described, lol. Maybe slightly impractical, but as an enginerd myself, I think this is downright cool. Well executed, and I love the bridge element. Nice work!

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#13 posted 04-20-2020 06:01 AM

Brian,

That is certainly original and unique! The client won’t have to worry about coming home from work and finding his wife has moved all the furniture around!

L/W

-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female) https://dudeasks.com/how-many-genders-are-there-in-2021/

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#14 posted 04-20-2020 12:37 PM

Brian, what a great job and a really unique table. I am sure the client is very pleased. Thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 04-20-2020 02:34 PM

Fantastic!

-- MrLaughingbrook

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