Knot another live edge coffee table

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Project by tinnman65 posted 01-31-2009 04:21 AM 4082 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table (55”x24”) from a 10’x2’X3” slab of walnut I’ve had for some time. Having never done any live edge work before I was not sure what kind of results I would get. I wanted to inlay something on the top but I also wanted it to be subtle. I went outside grabbed a handful of leaves and wa-la I had model to work off of. I laid them on the table in different places until I was happy with the look and used the exact leaves to make the veneer copies actually using one to cover a knot with a hole in it. I filled the holes with epoxy before doing the inlay. The leaves are made of cherry veneer, maybe a little dark but I didn’t want them to pop to much. The little burl on the top left had a cut going through it from the saw mill, it must have broke there and was left sticking up about 1.5”. I left the knot hole & filled the slice with epoxy because I didn’t have the heart to just plane it flat. Its finished with a few cotes of lacquer.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#1 posted 01-31-2009 04:26 AM

You really made that table smooth and it has great personality with the knot! I love the natural look of it, excellent job!

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#2 posted 01-31-2009 05:08 AM

Beautiful table. Love the natural look of the leaf inlays as well as the live edge. Great job.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 01-31-2009 05:19 AM

Beautiful, but are you sure those aren’t iron on leaves? Really, you did a great job here.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 01-31-2009 06:10 AM

Beautiful, really like those inlays to.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 01-31-2009 06:21 AM

Absolutely Gorgeous!!

Love the leaves- wish there would have been a walnut leaf in your yard, it would have tied it all together!!

Good Luck in the contest.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Danette Smith

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#6 posted 01-31-2009 07:10 AM

Wow! Beautiful table. Very unique use of leaves.

Good luck in the contest…Danette

-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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#7 posted 01-31-2009 05:50 PM

Beautiful piece of walnut. Nice work on the table.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#8 posted 02-01-2009 04:21 AM

Lew your right, I did think of that but not a walnut tree to be found in my neighborhood & I had to dig through the snow to get the ones I got :)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 02-01-2009 10:37 PM

Beautiful work, just gorgeous walnut, very good job on the inlay too.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 02-02-2009 01:44 PM

I love it. You were right on the money with the inlays, just enough but not to much. Excellent.

-- Dave, Ohio,

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#11 posted 02-04-2009 12:34 AM

Really nice furniture. Especially like the rustic table. I would love to make something like that for our cabin, but don’t really think I would know where to begin. Don’t know anything about inlays either. Love the chair too.

-- Janice

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David A. P.

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#12 posted 02-10-2009 12:23 AM

Excellent-looking table, and the subtlety of the inlays really works well.

-- David A. P. -- Ars Arboris ("Art of the Tree") --

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Matt Vredenburg

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#13 posted 11-03-2018 03:51 PM

Looks great. I love how you accented the knots with inlays. BTW – Scott Grove shared the picture via his blog this week. You truly did “Find the line and then cross it.”

-- Matt, Arizona

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#14 posted 08-05-2019 08:18 PM

I am very impressed with your inlay of leaves. Nicely done.

-- --- Happy Howie

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