Here's a coffee table I finished a bit ago. The challenge on this was to get the three-pronged piece of willow incorporated in the butcher-block top. I made MDF patterns of the willow as well as the negative spaces between and around the willow branches, then used the negative-space patterns to fair the pieces of the red alder butcher block .... which went together with the willow to make up the top. I've wondered for the past few years if I could actually do this....and I'm really pleased that the joins between willow and alder are perfect for about 95% of the total length...the really tight places where the branches come together are less than perfect. I lucked out that the "diamond" parts of this piece of willow were all on one side, which became the bottom surface of the top. I also lucked out even the piece of willow to begin with....three branches all in a plane is rare in my experience....and I watch for them now.
The frame around the butcher block top, as well as the legs, aprons, stretchers, etc. are all cherry. Joinery is all wedged through-tenons...22 of them I believe.
Willow is NOT good furniture wood...it's so soft, yet stringy, that any edge tool tears it up. So there was a lot of sanding, and some very delicate work with a very sharp card scraper.
MONTHLY MEETINGS WHEN: First Thursday of each month (September through June) WHERE: Hillcrest Baptist Church 205 Black Diamond Road Port Angeles, WA TIME: 7-9:00 pm