Cherry Slab Table with Live Edges

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Project by KnotCurser posted 07-12-2014 01:41 PM 1669 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was ordered by a wonderful customer who used it as a surprise gift for her husband.

When we were in the early stages of laying out this table I was very excited as the pictures she was showing me had live edges and varying widths and rough edges – all things I love building into furniture. And then she said that she wanted me to carve a Pittsburgh Steelers logo right in the middle of it! Oh, the HORROR!!!!!

I want to thank one of our own LJ’s, “SPalm” for supplying the lumber for this project – I was about to make the journey to our local hardwood supplier when an offer from out of the blue arrived via email offering some cherry. Thanks, Steve!!!!!!

While the pieces were wonderful, none of them were wide enough. After some creative thinking, I was able to piece together five boards the still boasted two live edges and a bunch of heartwood.

One other thing the customer demanded was that she wanted NOTHING to be square, nor smooth. Cool.
While the long sides were rough already, I took my chainsaw and chopped the small ends off pretty crooked and rough and basically left them that way. Finish carpentry with a chainsaw – awesome!

The carving was done with a small bit of help from my CNC router for a basic guide, and then with carving tools for the rest. I filled the carving with a stained resin. After it dried it resembled amber, which allows you to see the depth of the carving still.

The pin-style legs were provided by a craftsman down in South Carolina and are 1/2” diameter steel.

Overall, the table measures around 42×22 inches, is 1 3/4 inches thick and stands around 18” off the ground.

Finish consisted of about 15 coats of shellac delivered via HVLP sprayer and then a few coats of paste wax on the top surface.

Both the customer and her husband LOVED it.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 07-12-2014 01:42 PM

Pretty! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 07-12-2014 10:24 PM

Wow Bob, that came out really really nice.
You did a wonderful job getting that cherry to line up so you could use the natural edges.
The finish looks delicious.

Love the shot with the Husqvarna.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 12:56 AM

What a great customer. How often do you hear I don’t want it square or smooth? You did a great job and I bet you had a blast doing it as well. Looks great.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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