My wife wanted beach themed something and I wanted to build something for a winter project. What I came up with is ... uh... interesting. Different, anyhow...
A coffee table that is a sofa-length surfboard riding on a wave.
The tabletop itself was made from doweling together alternating strips of red and white 5/4 oak. Inspiration was from one of the many pictures of surfboards for sale on the internet.
The "wave" end is made of autobody filler over wire lathe over landscape fabric all resting on a fairly intricate oak frame.
The wave sports a convenience outlet internally that feeds an internal 12v power supply to feed the led light strips for indirect lighting and a convenience outlet that is reachable externally under the "curl" for laptop power,etc.
The "nose" end "leg" was made from a 3" solid piece of plastic and fitted into a standard 3" flange.
Total hours... many.. total dollars, around 240, with the body filler being most expensive at about $20 a gallon.