Sunday, December 1, 2013

Reclaimed Timber Coffee Table (Piece #21)

This piece was our first attempt at an oversized coffee table and, in my opinion, it yielded some beautiful results. We found that we ran into certain design limitations when looking at modern day coffee tables. The limitations were functionality, size and durability. We set out to design a table that would serve multiple functions, be large enough for the scale of modern and mid-century couches, feature a low profile, and would be a conversation piece in any space. The design is beyond functional because it can serve as an ottoman, table or bench.

Staying true to our design concept, we used reclaimed materials to create the table. This table, in particular, is made with reclaimed pine timbers dating back to the 1800s from a historical site in the stockyards of Fort Worth, Texas. We used pieces of mahogany and poplar to add greater detail. The table was then glued up and set to cure. 

Fresh off the glue rack
From here, we cut three Wenge butterfly splines to determine positioning. 

Determining positioning for the butterfly splines
Once we determined their placement, Ken hand carved the table one inch deep so that the butterfly splines could be set into the tabletop. 

Hand carved
Butterfly splines in position
For the wood finish, we decided on a darker stain to bring out the polar detail and to soften the contrast between the reclaimed timbers and the wedge butterfly splines.

Table finish
With the tabletop completed, we designed table bases out of .5 inch, hand forged, reclaimed steel. 

Raw bases after welding
Bases added to the table top

The table is L 92.25" x W 24.5" x H 14.5" and weighs 312 lbs.

Currently this table is for sale and is on display at Lost Antiques in the Design District of Dallas, Texas. For further information or custom table order, please contact Chelsea Layne at

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