Thursday, October 21, 2010
Log Coffee Table from Maple with Floating Barn Board Top
I finally decided to use some maple logs that I had kept from when we cleared space in our wooded area for our garage/workshop.
I read books by both Doug Stowe and Daniel Mack about working with logs and bought a tenon cutter from Lee Valley. (A tenon cutter is like a huge pencil sharpener that is driven by a drill.) I found some old 1” thick barn board, complete with bug holes, for the top.
The legs are from logs that are a diameter of 2 1/4” – 2 1/2” and cut at 15” long. I used two horizontal rungs between the side legs. Mine are about 1 3/4” – 1 1/2” diameter and 14” long including the tenons.
Joining the two sets of legs and between the rungs is a 1” diameter cross piece of 27 1/2”.
I’m not sure what to call the pieces but I think it will be obvious from the photos as to what I am referring to.
There are then two short 1” diameter pieces that go vertically from the top rungs and will hold the top in a floating manner.
A hole is cut right through the top to receive the tenons of the small pieces. My top is old barn board (three pieces glued together) with a partial live edge.
I used about 4 coats of tung oil over the whole table, which for some reason is hard to take a good photo of!
Showing this at the following parties:
Blue Cricket Design
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Mustard Seed Creations
Funky Junk Interiors
Sawdust and Paper Scraps
Everything I make is for sale, so if you see something you like, please contact me.