Coffee table with river rock

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Project by Alan posted 04-16-2008 10:30 PM 6193 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was a kind off experiment. I wanted to incorporate other materials besides wood in a piece. It’s made of quilted maple, cherry, sapele, and wenge. I think it’s a fairly successful effort. The rock is in a shallow tray with a glass top and mirrored bottom (to hide any gaps) and does provide a textural counterpoint to the wood. It also echoes the rounded texture of the quilted maple.
I think there’s a lot of potential for using different materials in this fashion. I’d like to try something where the rocks are in a more organic setting, maybe something curving through a table top. You can also use other materials. I’ve done a couple of tables where I’ve used crushed glass, but I think the rock might work a little better. We’ll have tosee what I can come up with. (Now that I’ve written about it, I’m all ecited to try something.) See more at

-- Alan Carter,

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#1 posted 04-16-2008 10:48 PM

Great idea NICE TABLE!!!!!

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#2 posted 04-16-2008 11:02 PM

that is great. i have in mind something very similar for a coffee table although i am waiting to find the right piece of wood to make it happen. there was an article i believe in woodwork magazine a couple issues ago that had some shots where they used rocks in the face of a cabinet…although, maybe it was in the fww gallery i saw it…if i remember i’ll find it and post the issue for you. very cool piece though. i’d love to see a 3/4 shot of the table to see more of the base.

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 02:19 AM

Very interesting design and use of materials.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 02:24 AM

i wish that I had pics to show you the top of the counter in my retail store project. I will have to take some to show the trapped stones under glass. Like in your project here, the mixed element with hte wood is fantastic

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 03:08 AM

Is there any way to have larger pictures….. Your works has some great details that could be more easily viewed in a larger picture format. Thanks Michael

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#6 posted 04-18-2008 03:38 AM

Hi Alan,

This is a nice table and you have a wonderful sense of design. I really like the combination of woods and the river rock adds a lot of visual interest.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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