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.
Here’s another view:

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.

10 comments:

  1. Your blog is great! I've recently started to learn how to work with wood myself. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  2. LOVE!! I've always adored the natural look nature offers and this one fits that description to a T. Lovely table, Julie!

    Donna

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  3. Oh, I wish I had more patience to be able to actually make furniture from scratch. Your table is so great Julie. I especially love the rusticness of it.
    Kristine
    xxx

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  4. Julie I'm so glad you linked up. Your table is awesome and as always, I am in awe of your skills!

    ~Sandra

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  5. Love it! You are so creative! Thanks for posting and inspiring me.

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  6. love it, great job!
    thanks for linking up!
    gail

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  7. This table is fabulous! Do you know how much this would cost in a designer showroom? Big moolah!

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  8. Oh my goodness! That is just SOO sweet!! Something like that would retail for a few hundred dollars and you did it Fabulously for oh so less!!! Thanks for the great pics of everything you did. :>

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  9. Thanks for sharing this useful information with all of us.Keep sharing more in the future.Have a nice time ahead.

    Susan Graham

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