Using a MONSTER red cedar slab we are making a dining room table.
Here is the BEFORE of the slab – 12 foot 6 inches long and 38″ wide
Sean cutting it in half
Lets see how straight a line he can cut.
SEAN – What the HECK ????? LOL dull blade – not enough coffee?
Sean said let’s cut out some of the knots and fill the holes with rocks – cool
holes being routered out
Aquarium rocks inserted into pocket 1
and pocket 2
Now some of you may know what a “bow tie” is in the real world. In a woodworkers world it is
USUALLY a bow tie looking piece of contrasting wood inserted into a table top to prevent the spread
of a crack or split in the wood. This is also known as a “BUTTERFLY” and traditionally looks like this
We had a split starting at a knot hole and I asked Sean to install a bow tie to prevent the split from getting larger
Sean asked if he could do something different than a bow tie or butterfly seeing that we are on the island
SURE, why not? We are called ONE OF A KIND because of people like Sean
So what did he do? You got it – a fish
A jig to mark out the area to be routered
Both holes routered and the “fish” insert ready to install (complete with a knot for the fish’s eye)
Both fish were made using a contrasting yellow cedar.
gluing the bow tie – oops fish into the hole
ready to hammer into the hole
let the glue dry over night
finish sanded – next we can install 1 rock where the knot is
So this is what the table looks like now
We are going to do something that we have NEVER seen anywhere
We are going to cut 40″ off the length of this table and make a matching
coffee table to go with the dining room table. The green masking tape
shows where we will cut the cedar – just past the little fish.
MAKING A MATCHING COFFEE TABLE
Sean cut 36″ off one end
Made metal legs and had some glass cut
Stay tuned as we continue to work on this piece