Live Edge Black Walnut Table

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Project by Puffball posted 02-12-2015 05:43 PM 2559 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I just finished our second live edge table. This time we used a slab of Black Walnut we got in North Carolina for the top and used some Hard Maple that we bought at the local hardwood lumber hard for the base. We hand planed the walnut to get it close to co-planar and also cut the hard maple into all the pieces for the table base.

Needless to say we learned why they call it hard maple as that is some tough wood. We were convince our hand planes were defective as it was really hard to plane it well.

The bottom shelf on table is made from a piece of Peruvian Walnut. We also use some spalted Maple for the little things on the side of the legs.

We used Osmo Poly-X oil for the top. That product worked really well. Easy to apply and it actually really helped to hide some of the blemishes we couldn’t get out of the walnut when we planed it. We used a water-based poly on the Maple.

We were quite pleased with how it turned out. What looked like a simple table was still a lot of work for two beginners.

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#1 posted 02-12-2015 06:39 PM

It looks great! The bottom shelf really blends well into the legs and the spalted maple on the sides looks fantastic!
Nice job

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 06:54 PM

The design credit goes to my wife as she came up with the idea of using the Walnut for the bottom shelf and then using the spalted maple to bridge the black walnut top to the hard maple frame.

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#3 posted 02-13-2015 10:54 PM

This one good as the first one.Much wood there used with brain.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#4 posted 02-15-2015 02:39 PM

Beautiful the live edge.

Welcome to lumberjocks!!!

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#5 posted 02-15-2015 03:12 PM

Very attractive table, but what REALLY caught my eye was that standing slab on the left with the necklace hanging on it. Did you and your wife design that also? More details please.

And the bear sculpture on the right is adorable.

Welcome to Lumberjocks, can’t wait to see more of your work.

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#6 posted 02-17-2015 12:42 PM

Yes – the standing slab is something my wife designed. We found this beautiful Birch slab with the really pretty crotch at one our nearby hardwood lumber yards. We applied an Osmo Top Oil finish to it. We then cut 5 pieces of soft maple to look like an outline of toes on feet.

The idea here was the Birch looked like a person, so we made her some feet, trimmed up the bark near the top to make it look a bit like shoulders, and then put a necklace on her.

The bear we bought in Payson Arizona. His name is Payson :) Chainsaw art is cool tool. I am not sure I can do it. But i suspect at some point my wife will want to try that too.

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