Twisted Coffee Table Base #7: Juniper Coffee Table Finished

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Blog entry by Tim & Candy Hicks posted 05-28-2009 05:29 PM 4759 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This coffee table base was finished 2 months ago and we were able to get it shipped to The Netherlands. Out customer was going to put a rock fossil top on this, but had decided that it was so cool and unique that he ended up putting glass on it.

It is 17” tall, finished with 3 coats stain polycrylic.


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#1 posted 05-28-2009 05:38 PM

Great wad of wood.

You guys really clean that up nicely. Not something you see everyday. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 05-28-2009 05:40 PM

It has great motion to it.


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#3 posted 05-28-2009 06:06 PM

How do you get a supply of this wood? Is it available across country?

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#4 posted 05-28-2009 06:19 PM

...and how do you get the wood so smooth? There are small pieces of this around here and its rougher than getting a root canal!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Tim & Candy Hicks

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#5 posted 05-28-2009 06:32 PM

This is the info that I found about juniper “Depending on taxonomic viewpoint, there are between 50-67 species of juniper, widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere, from the Arctic, south to tropical Africa in the Old World, and to the mountains of Central America.”

We use Western, Utah and Rocky Mountian Juniper. Not all junipers are twisted, most of them grow straight so it takes time and patience to find the character pieces that we use. We are very fortunate that juniper is very abundant where we live so it makes it easier for us to go and harvest it.

Well its not as painful as a root canal but does take longer hahahah. WE have to pressure wash off the bark and this includes pressure washing it out of all the crevices. Then we sandblast out all the little crevices. THen we get our handy dandy hand sanders starting with either 180 or 220 grit and working up to 400 grit, then we go over it by hand. And then spray on polycrylic.


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#6 posted 05-28-2009 08:46 PM

But how do you make that cut? Keeping those flat surfaces in the same plane seems TRICKY. This is very interesting. I hope the client sends you picks of its final destination.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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Tim & Candy Hicks

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#7 posted 05-31-2009 12:02 AM

We ro make the cut, we mark around the wood with an even line, guide my husband as he cuts with a chainsaw then he uses a grinder to get down perfect. It is all done by hand. He does a great job


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#8 posted 08-26-2009 02:30 AM

Tim & Candy ….

Beautiful work and is exactly the type of furniture I want to have in my retirement home. Someday we hope to settle in a more rural area in a timber frame home. Your work has the beauty, tranquility, and charismatic / exotic look that we want.

Great work …. keep it up.


-- Handcrafted by RJ Paquin - Yooper

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#9 posted 09-04-2009 04:31 AM

Tim and Candy: that is a beautiful piece of wood. Nice collection and creation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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