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post #1 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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First coffee table

The table is made of cherry that came off my grandfathers farm in new jersey. The base of the tree was 4' across, the table top came out of one of the limbs. This was my first furniture project complete with hours of hand planning and chopping the mortises by hand with bench chisels.(noob) the stretcher is white oak that was originally a wall stud in an older home i was renovating! I didn't stain the piece but almost ruined it with linseed oil; way too dark. Let me know what you guys think constructive criticism is welcomed.
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That's what I'm talking about. Looks very nice. Good to see some more rustic stuff. How high is that table?
Kinda has a bench look to it. Universal furniture. 2 for 1.

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Looks awesome.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Know what that thing is too ugly and mis shaped to be in your home. I will take it off your hands and put it in my house seeings how my house is a wreck anyways

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Not to dark at all.
It looks fine.

Looks to be about 18"-20" tall?

I'm with Dominic in liking and building things from rough cut lumber. Beauty is it's a 1 off and cannot be duplicated or copied, except in format.
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Welcome!

Yeah, I'm with Corbin on this. But let's keep it on the east coast, maybe in NY?

I do like the dark color, that's what cherry should do. The dead flat surface, rough edge and refined legs look awesome!
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Now that is just to cool.

Just my personal taste here but maybe(just maybe) I think if you had let the tenons in the stretcher go through the rails and held them in place with wedged pins it would not have looked out of place.Well done.
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Now this is a first post. Welcome and awesome work. That's beautiful.
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The project started as a bench and slowly turned into a table. The top was just too nice to sit on! The sizing of it justifies either use the top sits at 17". The idea of a through mortise on the stretcher was enticing but also scary since it was my first time dealing with the joinery. Than you for all the support this is an awesome app. I am a carpenter by trade and talking with my co workers about this is almost infuriating. I get responses like "hand plane!? Why didn't you just use the power planer?" and "you could have just screwed and plugged the legs together." I am enjoying looking at all the different projects and picking up pieces of advice. Thanks again hopefully there will be more projects to post in the future.
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looks WAAAAAAY better than the one i built
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I am a carpenter by trade and talking with my co workers about this is almost infuriating. I get responses like "hand plane!? Why didn't you just use the power planer?" and "you could have just screwed and plugged the legs together."
Fun huh?
I've been a carpenter all my life and have always done things with the latest and greatest powertools known to man......

These days I love testing my skills and knowlege by going in the shop and seeing if I can perform a task using a nice handtool vs a screeching loud power machine.....

It also makes it so you can hear the radio......

Nice work on the table/bench.

Learning more about tools everyday
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The top was just too nice to sit on!
People LOVE to sit on a nice, smooth bench.
Just put one next to the back door by your boot rack and see.

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Welcome DB! man, first post and wham it's a home run! Very glad to have you join.

Be proud of those traditional hand tool skills and don't ashamed of chopping a mortise with rubber Marples, lord knows I did my share with em. If you learn to do more with less just think what you'll do with more!

What's next on the build adgenda, my friend?

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Outstanding Brotha I often tease my guys that I can install a kitchen with my SOG multi tool quicker then they can with a full set of tools. There's a lot to be said about Mastering Hand Tools and being resourceful with the tools you have on hand. Welcome Aboard

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Rubber marples are exactly what I used! I'm not sure what the next project will be but I think it will involve wood from this pile. The long ones are oak 10'-16' in length short fat guys are English walnut which I am very excited about. I'm thinking end tables and possibly another coffee table since I gave that one to my parents for Christmas. The first hurdle will be finding a good sawyer in south jersey!
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I'm not the only one but I have a bad habit of looking at people's shops when they post pictures it says something about the craftsman. Hence I saw the chisels, lol.

In a pinch, I've used an Alaskan chain saw mill with decent results... If ya don't find a sawyer.

I'd be excited about those logs too! That looks like they could be some real gems! From the looks of it those oak logs may be spalted. Here's a pict if some spalted oak. It can be some cool gnarly stuff if you catch it before it rots!

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I'm not the only one but I have a bad habit of looking at people's shops when they post pictures it says something about the craftsman. Hence I saw the chisels, lol.

In a pinch, I've used an Alaskan chain saw mill with decent results... If ya don't find a sawyer.

I'd be excited about those logs too! That looks like they could be some real gems! From the looks of it those oak logs may be spalted. Here's a pict if some spalted oak. It can be some cool gnarly stuff if you catch it before it rots!

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So your saying time may be of the essence! That oak looks great if it comes up spalted I think a kitchen table would be in order. Thanks for the advice and god bless technology.
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So your saying time may be of the essence! That oak looks great if it comes up spalted I think a kitchen table would be in order. Thanks for the advice and god bless technology.
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You'll never know till ya cut em!

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Class job pal. I love the little burr. Its that kind of small detail that makes a piece special. Nice work and great finish.
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That table is beautiful! Looks darn sturdy, too. Could use it as a jack stand under the truck when not serving as lovely furniture in the house.

Nice Job!
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