Live edge table

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Project by MalcolmLaurel posted 04-21-2014 11:59 AM 2117 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started out as a flea market find, $20 for the live edge slab that was somebody’s old table or shelf. It originally had the one live edge and three squared sides, and looked like it had broken off of whatever it was attached to. It appears to be some kind of fir or pine (from the smell when I drilled into it). The original finish was an unattractive darkish stain, which I removed by planing off about 1/16” from the top and bottom. I had to plug two old screw holes with 5/8” dowels. I then sculpted fake live edges (as in a Charles Neil video) on the remaining three sides, stained the edges with Minwax Polyshades (I don’t like the stuff but I had it on hand, and it actually makes sense here), and finish is many coats of clear shellac. I love the way the shellac brought out the color of the wood.

After creating the “live edges”, I debated sawing the ends off again as there wouldn’t be live edges on 4 sides of a real tree, but I decided I liked the effect anyway so I left it alone.

Legs are mountain laurel. There’s an interesting “two tone” effect on the legs as the bark peeled easily from one side leaving yellowish weathered wood, but the inner bark had to be scraped from the other side, leaving it much whiter. The legs are glued and lag screwed to 1×4 maple crossbars, which are in turn lag screwed to the underside of the table.

Final step, not done yet, is to topcoat the tabletop with lacquer for better protection. I was going to use some sating Deft lacquer I have, but it looks so good with the glossy shellac I think I’ll wait until I can get some gloss lacquer.

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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#1 posted 04-21-2014 04:24 PM

very natural looking with those spindly legs. Cool piece man

you say you want to put a topcoat on, but you just couldnt wait to post it huh lol – i know the feeling

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#2 posted 04-21-2014 04:31 PM

Nice looking table,with cool wood.


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