Fine Rustic Walnut Dining Table with Live Edge

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Project by Lavellewoodworking posted 04-05-2016 11:52 AM 2412 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is what I like to call Fine Rustic furniture, where the table top is rustic but the style and the base are more elegant. This table came about after my wife and I moved into our new house a couple of years ago. We had a dining room but not a table big enough for the space. We couldn’t find what we were looking for in the big furniture stores so I decided, with my wife’s blessing, to build a table to the style we wanted. In this case something that had some live edges, including parts of the live edge on the surface of the table top. The top was simple in itself, cutting straight edges and gluing it up. My wife insisted on having the live edge from the outside boards remain on both edges of each board, so when they were attached the live edge could be seen and is separated from parts of the table top. The base I design so it could be taken apart if we ever needed to move again. This led to a design where, if we changed our taste down the road, we could change the style of the legs and attach those to the stretchers and change the look of the table. It is maybe a 45 minute job to remove the legs but it is a nice option to have. Plus the hidden connectors I used are strong enough to hold the joints together and not be under stress from the weight of the table top. On the top trestle part there was a natural edge on one end that I used as a guide and carried that shape into the leg. I ended up adding the same detail on the opposite end of the board and carried the shape down the opposite leg as well. The entire table was finished with four coats of a custom oil blend and the table top was rubbed down with 2000 grit sandpaper after the final coat of finish. This smoothed out any rough spots and made the table top extremely soft to the touch. The overall dimensions are 108” long x 40” wide and 30” tall. The table is big enough to seat 8 people comfortably or 12 if needed.

-- Zach, Lavelle Woodworking Studio, Fargo, ND

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#1 posted 04-05-2016 12:37 PM

Beautiful…really beautiful.
Maybe its the angle of the photo, but how does it not fall over if someone leans on one side?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 04-05-2016 01:52 PM

It is the angle of the picture a little bit. The tips of the lower legs are actually 8” from the edge of the table and the upper part of the legs runs along the bottom of the table to about 4” from the edge. We’ve been using the table for a couple of years now with the only issue being the cays scratching the table top. But that is easily repaired with a little cotton swab and finish. Rub the cotton swab dipped in finish over the scratch let sur a few minutes and then wipe out off. After that you usually can’t tell the table was scratched.

-- Zach, Lavelle Woodworking Studio, Fargo, ND

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#3 posted 04-05-2016 02:09 PM

Beautiful job, what are the dimensions of the table?

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#4 posted 04-05-2016 02:28 PM

That is a pretty big table – at first it was hard to see just how big unitl I saw the picture with the table set up. Beautiful work!

-- Only a woodworker will value a good screw-up

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#5 posted 04-05-2016 02:37 PM

Notw, thank you for the catch. I completely over looked the fact I didn’t have those on there at first. I’ve updated the post to include the dimensions.

-- Zach, Lavelle Woodworking Studio, Fargo, ND

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#6 posted 04-05-2016 04:02 PM

When saw the first project picture I thought this was a small lamp with a lampshade made from wood. When I popped it open to read the details I realized it was a table. When I saw four chairs on each side I realized it was a LARGE table! This is really so beautiful in its setting! I also enjoyed how you designed it to be able to be changed over time as your taste or surroundings change. Love the table and your comments.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#7 posted 04-06-2016 02:53 AM

Love the look of this. Nice finish.

-- Doc "Not all who wander are lost." --J. R.R. Tolkien

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#8 posted 04-06-2016 02:57 AM

Very beautiful piece

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 04-06-2016 01:09 PM

Wow 108” that is a big table, I thought the 96” x 47” table I was building was big!

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#10 posted 04-06-2016 01:11 PM

very nice build

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