Maple and walnut live edge coffee table

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Project by grumpy749 posted 02-03-2012 04:13 AM 6018 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a picture of a live edge maple coffee table on the internet recently and I new this would make a perfect gift for my oldest daughter’s mother-in-law. The top is 6/4 figured maple. The legs are 4/4 walnut and the lower support is 6/4 birds eye maple. This was very easy to make and rates as one of my favourites. To get the finnish I was looking for I used 6 coats of tung oil then 6 coats of wipe on poly. The last three coats of poly I applyed with 0000 steel wool, then wet sanded with 400 grit wet and dry sand paper using a slurry of oil and poly. This gave me a piano smooth finnish.The final rub was with minwax furniture paste wax. The finishing took longer than the build. It was well worth the effort and will deliver it tomorrow.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 04:34 AM

That looks great! How long did the whole project take from start to finish?

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 05:06 AM

Wicked Cool! Nice Job!

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

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 05:16 AM

Absolutely beautiful! Something that will stay in your family for a very very long time.. hope you put your name underneath and the year somewhere.. like I said this table will be around for a very long time.. Pieces like this almost makes you want to use secret compartments and a hidden or inconspicuous symbols as a map around the table with several secret doors that pop open for future generations to figure out.. I hope to incorporate things like that into pieced that I make like this hopefully soon. Kinda like the President’s desk in the oval office.. there’s supposed to be secret doors or pockets or drawers in it.

Thank you for sharing!

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 05:41 AM

That is a very beautiful table, you have done a great job.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 06:03 AM

looks great ! dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#6 posted 02-03-2012 06:33 AM

WoW, that is inspiring!

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#7 posted 02-03-2012 07:43 AM

A special piece of wood and special build,nice work

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#8 posted 02-03-2012 09:16 AM

Beautiful piece of art! Mind if I steal your finishing process? Sounds like a lot of work, but worth it in the end. Thanks for sharing.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#9 posted 02-03-2012 05:17 PM

Martyroc, The build only took about 8 hours because the slab came prefinished. It was about 6 feet long and about 12 inches wide. I simply cut it in half, ran it through the planer then started the sanding work. The legs and support were very easy. The finishing itself again wasn’t hard just time consuming. The hardest part about the whole project was paying for the slab. Thanks for all the kind words guys and no I didn’t sign it, thats something Iv’e been thinking about.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#10 posted 02-05-2012 08:27 AM

THIS is eyecatching. Nice balance and proportions.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 03-05-2012 02:57 AM

Hope my bench finsh looks that good what brand poly do u use

-- D W

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#12 posted 06-03-2012 12:43 AM

i love the live edge

-- Ryan, MI still have all 10 (knock on wood)

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