The Keystone Industrial Coffee Table - Jason Matukaitis

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I made this table as an homage to Pittsburgh's steel-industrial roots, and the design was heavily influenced by my time spent working in mills as a welder. Live-edge top was milled on a band saw from an air-dried slab of reclaimed Black Walnut which I acquired in Central Pennsylvania. The piece was unusable for 'straight lumber' purposes, so I joined the halves in a mirroring fashion to utilize the curved edge for both sides. Wood was hand sanded to 220, the grain raised with water, sanded again with 220, then Danish Oil was applied by hand to add color tone and depth, and finally top-coated with a high-gloss polyurethane finish. Because of the heavily-figured grain in most Black Walnut, the surface will appear holographic when finished in this manner. The stainless steel base was salvaged from a coffee table found in a on the streets of Pittsburgh, polished, cleaned, and 2nd-hand wheels were attached using a TIG welder. Diamond plate shelf was found in a scrap bin, repaired using a TIG welder, and attached to the frame with chrome bolts. Finally, the hard-carved/hand laid Keystone marks the spot in Pennsylvania where I found the Walnut, and is made from a scrap piece of Zebrawood. My woodworking style is inspired by Japanese craftsman, who accentuate character flaws and add contrasting repairs, in the belief that the damage and history make a piece more beautiful.

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