Salvaged Maple "Tao" Coffee Table

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Project by DirkEdmund posted 07-01-2013 12:20 PM 49003 views 96 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Table is made from 100 year old salvaged maple, walnut, and wenge wedges. The maple came from a barn deconstruction near my shop. It was a really neat project, and there were some difficulties along the way for sure, but I grew as a woodworker, and thats why we do this stuff right? I made a youtube slideshow of the build if you would like to see the process. Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 07-01-2013 12:38 PM

Very impressive build. I absolutely love it.

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 12:58 PM

I like this design a lot. Favorited, for future reference. Thanks!

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 01:19 PM

I would love to watch the video but it tells me it’s set to private… I’ll assume there’s some lewd photos in the slide deck that you would rather not share with the rest of the community.

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 02:36 PM

Hey everyone sorry I had the video on private but it’s fixed now. Thanks for looking, and commenting!

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 04:18 PM

Very nice table Dirk….beautiful wood and well built ….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 07:47 PM

really beautiful… great job!

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 08:10 PM

Beauty 100%

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 10:36 PM

Love it, awesome job!

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#9 posted 07-02-2013 12:18 AM

beautiful coffeetable!, i really like the joinery and the elavated look of the top.

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#10 posted 07-02-2013 12:47 AM

This is a nice prototype and a good use of that old barn wood. What do plan to make the real one from? Or I guess you could paint this one black or something. Just kidding.. Great work, the wood is fantastic, with so much character and you have given it a whole new purpose in life. Great work Dirk, you should be proud of this piece.


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#11 posted 07-02-2013 01:04 AM

love the legs and the joinery! Great job! The top is gorgeous as well

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#12 posted 07-02-2013 01:15 AM

Nice work, Dirk! Design is really eye catching

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#13 posted 07-02-2013 02:27 AM

Usually the legs taper the opposite direction—the bottom is usually skinnier than the top. You managed to pull it off! I’m a big fan of tusk tenon joints too. Looking rad!

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#14 posted 07-02-2013 03:01 AM

Added to favs. Beautiful job and wood. I’ve got a bunch of old salvaged long leaf pine I might use for something like this. Off to watch your vid now.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#15 posted 07-02-2013 03:07 AM

Thanks again everyone for the interest. Its really nice to be amongst equally obsessed people!!

-- DirkEdmundMichigan/

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