The "Copper Top Table"

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Project by Bradley Sorenson posted 05-18-2012 02:55 AM 3726 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a 30” tall sofa table design made from juniper slabs (top and base) which came from a salvaged tree that was burned in Arizona’s “Rodeo – Chediski fire” of 2002. (468,638 acres burned). The legs and cross bar are Manzanita, and the inlay is a 1lb chunk of oxidized copper slag. If you notice the black scorch marks in the natural log side, that’s the real thing, wild fire burn.

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#1 posted 05-18-2012 03:16 AM

Wow, that is a very cool looking table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 05-18-2012 12:59 PM

Awesome!!! I love “rustic” and you’ve got it down to a science. Thanks for sharing.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 01:08 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. You have taken what must have looked like blackened firewood when you
started and made a very beautiful table. Is that oxidized copper slag something you picked up, or did you
make it special for the table? This piece just seems to flow together, thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 05-18-2012 01:14 PM

That is incredible! I love the history right there in the wood. Really spectacular.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bradley Sorenson

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#5 posted 05-18-2012 03:41 PM

Thank you all for posting! This particular table was one of my favorite projects. I got the “sellers remorse” on this one!

Gus / Bluepine, Hi and thank you. That copper is a common item here in AZ (the copper state). You can find it in almost any rock & mineral shop which we have a lot of here. Because it’s in a natural “splatter” looking shape, I keep a box full of different shapes and sizes and once in a while a piece will fit into a rot pocket, or knot hole perfectly.

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#6 posted 05-18-2012 05:36 PM

Wow, that is anice table. and with such a story.
Can you still get manzanita in Az. I had a friend in Kansas Settlement that used to make tables and he said it is now illegal to pick it up in the desert any more. He went out of the business….Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bradley Sorenson

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#7 posted 05-18-2012 08:34 PM

Hey Jim, out of 106 different species of manzanita in the world, several are Very illegal to cut. What I harvest is actually an invasive species that must be removed for forest health reasons, and is specific to the location I cut in. On a commercial contract with the Forest Service I harvested (and still picking out of) a 5,000lb pile of manzanita, that has sizes from half inch, to fourteen inch diameter branches and root bases.

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#8 posted 06-18-2012 01:41 PM

Love the look ..First time I have heard of that wood…Manzanita, to bad it is not avaiable because it is sure beautiful…

-- Jesus is my Idol.....He was a wood worker to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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