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Thread: Mission Coffee Table

  1. #1
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    Thumbs up Mission Coffee Table

    Its been a long time coming. For the past year or more I haven't had much time for a bit of shop work.

    This mission style coffee table was started back in May/June of last year. Weather and work has played a large part in this table being finished as it bowed after I glued up the top.Even though the timber was dry and had been for years it soaked up enough moisture due to an extended rainy period last winter to make the top bow. It hasn't been until a couple of weeks ago that I was convinced it has settled back as much as it was going to.

    The top is made from a small slab of Matai, and sawn into boards 125mm wide by 35mm thick. The underside of the table(frame) is all made from recycled rough sawn 100 x 50 mm Rimu.

    The top is coated with 4 coats of Matt finish poly and all the framing is simply oiled. Heart Rimu is extremely hard and sands to a fine finish very well. A clear polishing oil is used and this makes the color and texture of the timber darken and pop.

    As you can see from the photos depending on the direction of light the table changes color.

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    Nicely done...
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    Very very nice. Looks like you have nice shop space as well
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    Thanks Don. It would have been nice if I had had sufficient timber in the slab to color and pattern match the top a little better. Unfortunately the slab was quite small so there wasnt a lot of "meat" in the center to work with. I'm pleased with the color though. I was worried it would be too dark.
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    Very nice!
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    Looking good. I think your coloring came out fine. A nice solid looking piece which is a good appearance for a coffee table. It kind of anchors the room for me.
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    Great looking coffee table Ralph That Matai sure is some good looking wood

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    Ooooooo, I like. Nicely done!
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    +1 on what they all said. I really like mission style.
    cheers

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    Very well done, Ralph.
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