Father-Son Waterfall Slab Coffee Table

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Project by AandCstyle posted 07-15-2016 05:45 PM 2334 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son, Greg, wanted a slab coffee table. I had never made one before, but with his help, we got it done. Unfortunately, he is only available every other Friday, so this took a while.

The table is black walnut measuring 42” at the wide end and narrowing to 22” at the opposite end, 60” long and 18” high. The finish is 2 coats of Waterlox sealer because I had it left from a previous project and 2 coats of the Original Waterlox. Pix 6 is showing the miter between the top and the waterfall foot. That joint was reinforced with “L” shaped floating tenons. The shelf is tenoned to the end and rests in kerfs in the other two legs which are at 45° to the end foot.

Greg thought it would be neat to have the end of the shelf mimic the end of the slab so we did that. I am sorry that the pix are so dark. It was a really different type project for me, but it was great fun working and learning together.

Thanks for looking and any comments.

-- Art

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#1 posted 07-15-2016 06:13 PM

Is there no limit to what Greg wants? If Greg wants it then Greg gets it, is that the arrangement?
You are pretty amazing Art.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 07-15-2016 07:13 PM

Willie, he knows I loaded up his sister’s house when we lived closer to her and, now, he realizes how sweet it can be since we live closer to him. That is what father’s are for, isn’t it? I will take that as a compliment, so thank you! :D

-- Art

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#3 posted 07-15-2016 07:48 PM

Now that’s a beauty Art … And a far reach from the A&C style you are so well known for.
Yep you are right ” That’s what Dads are for” .... And I know you enjoy every minute of it.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 07-15-2016 09:24 PM

Nicely done there Art. Beautiful finish.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#5 posted 07-15-2016 10:23 PM

Mike, thank you! It doesn’t get better than sharing quality time with family doing what you love.

Thanks, Terry. I am really happy with the way the Waterlox turned out.

-- Art

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#6 posted 07-15-2016 10:26 PM

Hi Art,

Very nice.

I’ve got a couple of walnut slabs, but they are not that big. You’ve got the gears turning…

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#7 posted 07-16-2016 12:05 AM

That’s a great looking table, and an amazing looking slab! That miter joint looks difficult, but looks like you pulled it off nicely!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 07-16-2016 12:18 AM

Jim, thank you. I will happily answer any questions you might have when you are ready.

Thanks, Dean, I grew that tree myself from a seedling… haha I wanted to use a beam saw to cut the miters but didn’t want to buy one for obvious reasons and there were none to rent locally, so we cut it with my circular saw, then finished the cut with a hand saw. Next, we refined the foot or leg on the table saw and cut the half inch remainder with a flush cut saw and, finally, refined the top piece with a ROS. There was a lot of test fitting involved, but we got it eventually. It is not a perfect 90° angle, but it is close to one.

-- Art

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#9 posted 07-16-2016 01:52 PM

Grumpy is right! A large deviation from your usual work but as always a “work of Art”.

I typically will scan the ‘Projects’ page in the morning and I rarely fail to spot and explore one of your new endeavors. This one totally slipped past, no arches or oak!

What/where/how did you cut the miter? working with non-square parts requires some real out-of-the-box thinking.

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#10 posted 07-16-2016 05:10 PM

Splinter, thank you, you’re the punniest. I answered most of the questions about cutting the miters in my response to Dean, but here is the rest of it. I laid out a center line down the length of the slab, then I drew 2 lines perpendicular to the center line so they would be parallel. One was at the end of the slab to have a square end and the other was 18” from the end line for the first miter cut. We just had to be very careful so we didn’t mess up the slab because it would not have fit in my scrap bin. :D

-- Art

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