Live-Edge Oak Table

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Project by jinkyjock posted 08-22-2014 08:35 PM 1998 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Guys,
this is a solid Oak lounge table I have made for my nephew and his partner as a wedding gift.
The top is Scottish white Oak with a live edge, and some spalting on the edges.
I have had the top in my workshop for 2 yrs. waiting for a use.
Dimensions are; base = length 865mm height 460mm, 1 wide leg 460×280, 2 narrow legs 460×180.
Legs are 45mm thick stock, shelves @ 34mm.
Top is 32mm and overhangs by 100mm at both ends, total length of 1065mm.
I wanted a nice clean modern look on base to contrast the live-edge top.
Took some hints from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Edgar J. Kaufmann House, probably better known as Fallingwater.

First pic is of stock before final sizing to help work out proportions. Construction was shelves biscuit-jointed into legs,
with dovetailed rails to add strength and prevent any lateral movement.

There are 3 rails on the top and one either side under the centrally located shelf.
All of the dovetails were hand cut with my Veritas dovetail saw, Japanese flush-cut and chisels.

Decided on a through dovetail as I liked the end-grain detail.
For a finish I sanded all over to 240 grit,
applied 3 coats of poly varnish, 4 to top.
cutting back with 320 grit between coats.

Thank you for looking and any comments/suggestions are welcome and much appreciated.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 08:52 PM

Nice tight joinery, that is hidden. A really generous wedding gift.

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#2 posted 08-22-2014 10:45 PM

Very attractive with absolutely fantastic joinery.

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#3 posted 08-22-2014 11:24 PM

Great design and details. Well done James. They will cherish this piece forever.

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#4 posted 08-23-2014 02:26 AM

Great giant joinery batman! Seriously, looking very good.

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#5 posted 08-23-2014 08:56 AM

John C., Narinder & exelectrician,
thank you for having a look and for your positive comments.
Onwards and Upwards as they say. Ker-pow siavosh, your post brought a smile.
All we need are some Gotham Graphics and your post comes to life.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#6 posted 08-23-2014 09:57 AM

Fantastic job!
Solid gold table…..can that lucky couple lift it without the helping hands?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 08-23-2014 04:37 PM

Fallingwater is some serious place to look for inspiration. I think you have done a great job and the inheritance is clearly visible. Vise move to contrast the live edges with a straight and boxy bottom. And the dovetails is a nice, disceete feature.
Like it!

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#8 posted 08-23-2014 06:37 PM

Thank you woodworm,
they are both young and strong, moving around it will develop their teamwork…..
also thanks to K-bam , FLW was involved in the design of many great buildings,
but for me Fallingwater is his masterpiece.
A modernist building in harmony with its wild surroundings,
surely the essence of great architecture.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#9 posted 08-30-2014 01:11 PM

Super nice, super beefy build James. Luv those large dovetails.

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#10 posted 08-30-2014 06:46 PM

Thank you Roger.
First dovetails I have cut in 9/10 yrs.
Stressful but character-building, so I’m told….....
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#11 posted 08-26-2017 11:14 AM

This is a very nice table and the top is beautiful. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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