Over the last weekend, I showed three, one-of-a-kind coffee tables made of Parallam, at IDS West in Vancouver. The show went very well and the tables received lots of praise for the beautiful and innovative use of a wood normally used for structural beams and headers. CNC-carved swirls and cuts bring to mind sand dunes or snowscapes, and reveal the amazing grain patterns found in the engineered wood. The Parallam tops are combined with powder-coated steel legs with hidden mechanical fasteners, for a clean, modern look.
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I plan on making three more table tops in the months to come, and custom sizes, finishes and designs are available as well. Those interested in purchasing a table should contact me via rob(at)4139design.com
Parallam is made by Weyerhauser, here in BC. Made of 94% local Douglas fir (2nd and 3rd growth) and 6% phenol binder. Originally developed as a way to use up scrap veneer and random pieces of wood, they have developed Parallam into a more efficient use of the wood than standard lumber. It doesn’t shrink, twist or contain knots, and therefore has a more reliable strength. Made in 60′ lengths, Parallam is often used for structural beams, headers and columns in buildings.