Oak leaf table

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Project by MKBurnett posted 03-04-2014 02:45 PM 1537 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mother wanted a personalized entry table. A few of her main conditions: incorporate her favorite tree – an oak; have a place to charge devices without seeing cords; have a drawer with a secret compartment; be sized to fit in a specific space.

For the table top: I used router inlay for the branches (zebrawood), acorns (leopardwood and walnut), and leaves (red oak, aromatic cedar, purpleheart, yellowheart, padauk). Main two woods are hard maple and cherry. With my mother being remarried I needed to incorporate both families together. She had three children, one of my brother’s has passed away. My stepfather has three children from his first marriage. So I used two branches – one branch with two leaves on the branch and one which had fallen, and the other branch with all three leaves. The last leaf, which had ‘fallen’, I put somewhere else (on a pullout tray). For the grandchildren, I used one acorn per group of children (instead of having to add one every time a new one was born – there are 9 already).

There is a pullout tray to the left which looks hidden when closed. The pullout tray is where they can charge their devices. It even has enough clearance to choose while a phone is being charged. The last leaf was put on this pullout tray. I also inserted a USB hub. So, you can plug/charge 5 devices with only one cord going to an outlet.

The drawer front is cherry glued to hard maple so that the drawer pull can match the table top. It is lined with a removable dark green velvet. The false drawer back is aromatic cedar. There is a simple drawer stop attached to the cedar board to not allow it to come out. Depressing the drawer stop allows you to pull out the drawer to find/use the secret compartment.

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 03:32 PM

Feel free to comment. I’d love to hear what you think.

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 05:16 PM

WOW thats awesome, I love the design you do great work

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 06:44 PM

Nice marqetry.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 03:49 AM

very nice design and build. Your mom has got to be proud of that. I like the way you recessed the drawer pull.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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