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Old 07-25-2015, 01:52 AM
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Default Walnut-Crotch Coffee table

I made this coffee table a few years back and it was a ton of work. The top can be flipped over as the base is not attached. The base pivots on a brass pin. Butterfly keys adorn both sides of the walnut crotch slab.

The wood for the butterfly keys comes from the desert close to where I currently live.

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Awesome! Whats the finish? It really brought out the best in the wood. Well done!!
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Whoa! Stunning!

Are those turned vessels yours too?
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What a beauty! I'm guessing most of the work was hand-planing the slab flat. Which planes did you use?
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Awesome! Whats the finish? It really brought out the best in the wood. Well done!!
Thanks for your kind words, Jesse.

The finish used was Tried & True Varnish Oil. I hand rubbed it in and it developed a very nice patina as you noted. My goal was to protect it from water marks and T&T varnish oil served the purpose quite well. T&T is supposedly based on a formula used to protect horse drawn carriages of old. It works as advertised.

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Whoa! Stunning!

Are those turned vessels yours too?
Thanks, Peter!

No, the vessels are not mine. I am not a turner. Turning does not turn me on. Pun intended!
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What a beauty! I'm guessing most of the work was hand-planing the slab flat. Which planes did you use?
Thanks for your kind words.

Amen! You hit the nail on the head with your hand-planing comment. I had to make a 20-inch maple plane with a 2-inch iron just to flatten it. The grain was obviously tricky and soon humbled me, but I did manage to get it flat. For this rookie it was not an easy task.

If interested, here is a link to my hand-plane page on my as-yet-unfinished website.

Once I had it flat then I was able to add the butterfly keys to halt the checks as seen below.

This project taught me a lot about my woodworking skills or-the-lack-thereof. Thanks again.
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Very sexy butterflies.

When I was flattening a slab, I did the first side using a scrub plane to get it fairly flat, and the second side using my router in an MDF frame. It took about a million passes, and made huge piles of shavings, but it worked!
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Very sexy butterflies.

When I was flattening a slab, I did the first side using a scrub plane to get it fairly flat, and the second side using my router in an MDF frame. It took about a million passes, and made huge piles of shavings, but it worked!
Ah, I'm much to old for all that Rube Goldberg stuff. I prefer to just do it my hand and waste a lot of time.
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