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Live Edge River Legged Coffee Table

My neighbor cut down an Oak tree about 2 years ago. I slabbed up some of it by hand and previously built an end table with it, and now I have just finished a coffee table from the same wood.

I am really starting to love this wood. I think most regard it as trash wood because its grain is squirrely, it checks and twists like crazy as it dries, and it does not look like Oak. I think the wood is beautiful in its grain variations. If used in the right project, I think it can be amazing wood.

Details
Wood: Swamp Laurel Oak
Finish: pure Tung oil and shellac
Stain: Alcohol based tea dye
A few firsts for me:

I used mainly hand tools but did have to occasionally fire up the band saw, drill press, circular saw, and random orbit sander.

Gory Details with lots more photos of the build: Live edge oak coffee table

I like this a lot ,the bow ties add so much to it’s charm.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Thank you a1Jim.