Black ash coffee table

This Black ash coffee table was put together using 12 separate pieces of salvaged black ash that were approximately 4″ thick, 20″ long, giving an overall width of 3 feet.

I used a dado blade to groove each board to accept spline tenons. I then drew 1″ grid lines to map out the pattern. I used a router to mill pattern lines to a 3/8″ depth, and used a Foredom and a lot of hand sanding to complete the shaping.

To round the edges of outside profile I used a Makita die grinder with different rasp bits. The black lines and white dots are ecopoxy inlaid. The finish is three coats of teak oil followed by 3 coats of clear gloss varathane.

black ash coffee table

Mahogany coffee table

The patter on this table is done in relief. The colors are cerulean blue and orange. I finished the table in tung oil.

coffee table

Sumac Box

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This Sumac Box was made using wood from a Staghorn Sumac tree I cut and air dried in the barn.

The lid is constructed from resawn pieces of sumac jointer planed and glued together, shaped into a lid by hand. The knob is shaped from a piece of Lilac socket joined into the lid with a hop Hornbeam spline. The bowl itself was hand-shaped from one chunk of the staghorn sumac trunk with two round feet socket joined through the bottom of the bowl.

Sumac Box

Coffee bowl table

This red oak coffee bowl table holds history. The wood I used to construct the tabletop was used to support a hay bail pulley in a barn built in 1865. The table base is a 150 year old chunk of hop-hornbeam tree trunk.

Table top
table base

Makore Coffee Table

The table is made from Makore and trimmed with Sapele. The legs are white ash with a vibrant yellow dye. This table will glow in the dark. I mixed glow mediums with acrylic fluorescents to achieve this effect.

Makore Coffee table
makore coffee table-glowing
Table top with the lights out