A Big Claro Slab Top Table

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Project by dan mosheim posted 03-03-2010 05:49 AM 3657 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’re working on a 34” x 10’ Claro walnut table with a Shaker inspired 1.5” thick steel base. The first picutre is a 1/6th scale model I made before we got the commission….It only took a second and was really more helpful in communicating the concept than any drawing could be … We even found a nice metallic silver spray paint that made the base really realisitc … There are quite a few more and larger photos on my dorset custom furniture blog. I will say right now …. “DON’T TRY THIS CHAINSAW THING unless, like me, you have 37 years of chainsawing experience and/or are 110% confident with your chainsaw safety chops …. I used to be a logger and I also cleared driveways and house sites for several years before I started furniture making …

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 05:56 AM

That’s one awesome walnut table Dan. Great job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 05:59 AM

Great job on making the steel legs mesh with the top. I looks great!

-- You can't stand apart unless you're prepared to stand alone. Alex, Cleveland

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 06:00 AM

That is some awesome wood. It will be a beautiful table when finished.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 06:35 AM

Looks incredible. I always like the idea of spicing up an old form with a new material or finish.

Were the legs cut out of one slab of metal, or welded? They look like they were cut from one slab.

On a scale of 1-10, how much overkill is the chainsaw for those rough cutting applications? Wouldn’t a circular saw or sabre saw do well?

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 06:50 AM

Whether or not a circular or sabre would be better….why would you pass up an opportunity to use a chainsaw? :)

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#6 posted 03-03-2010 07:13 AM

Beautiful wood for beautiful table.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 03-03-2010 07:54 AM

I liked the model and am loving the full scale table, amazing wood.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#9 posted 03-03-2010 08:04 AM

That chainsaw looks scary. Beautiful piece of wood though.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#10 posted 03-03-2010 08:58 AM

Very impressive scale model, chainsaw technique and end product. I like the metal legs, where do you acquire those?

I have a slab of wild multi-colored almond that I bought with the intention of creating a table top with it. Maybe some day it’ll become one!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 03-03-2010 09:00 AM

Beautifull wood and nice leg design. How did you fix the legs. I do not see screw holes.

-- Dreaming patterns

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#12 posted 03-03-2010 09:53 AM

I’m astonished! may I ask you how much such a beautiful piece of wood costs? I mean, as rough material; is it easy to find or extremely rare?
btw, I totally concur about scale models.

-- Antonio

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#13 posted 03-03-2010 11:49 AM

That is going to be something really special.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#14 posted 03-03-2010 12:41 PM

That is a one gorgeous piece of wood and a beautiful table! I only use my chainsaw on those pieces that are too small to cut on my chopsaw. (: Seriously, wonderful job and thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#15 posted 03-03-2010 12:49 PM

Is it a guy thing?

Sometimes you have to fire up the chainsaw just to make sure it starts….hey so maybe 8 am is a little early….

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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