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Project by SOG posted 01-18-2017 08:50 PM 1315 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently built a dining room table made with two sections of live edge moabi with a 3/8” length of glass that runs down the center. The table top is two inches thick, and measures 4’ x 5’, a strange size, I admit, but one that suits the size of the room.

I’m in the process of slapping together four chairs. The prototype, made with poplar, is shown in photo 2, is based on a design found in an old issue of Fine Woodworking magazine. Please help me select a type of wood to use. I don’t want to use Moabi for the chairs. Too expensive and too dense. The chairs will need to be relatively light weight, and perhaps light in color as well. It strikes me that having dark chairs that “kinda” match the table is akin to wearing two socks, each of a different shade of brown. Suggestions will be appreciated.

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William Shelley

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#1 posted 01-18-2017 10:49 PM

Looks good. If you wanted to stylistically tie the chairs and table together, you could use the Moabi for accent wood on the chairs. Perhaps just an inlay down the sides or something.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#2 posted 01-19-2017 12:18 AM

Very nice, great combination of the slabs. I agree with Shelley, and suggest white oak for the frame since it looks Craftsman.

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#3 posted 01-19-2017 04:10 PM

very nice

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#4 posted 01-19-2017 05:50 PM

Colors aside, the design of the chairs clashes with the design of the table.

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#5 posted 01-19-2017 07:15 PM

The table it beautiful. Very modern and great color/finish.

Wood selection for the chairs… Black Walnut and Cherry. I feel those 2 colors wood tie in nicely.

I would also like to alternatively suggest a more modern square tube metal base chair. Something that better ties into the table base. Then you could finish the chair with Walnut/Cherry. I do agree with gargey that the style of the chair vs table clashes (Craftsman vs Modern Rustic). The chair mock up is also wonderful on it’s own, it’s just the 2 together that is off.

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#6 posted 01-19-2017 08:03 PM

This is a nice looking table and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 01-22-2017 01:43 AM

well ill say your table is beautiful but as the others have said the chair does not work with the table at all.but ill say you did a nice job on both,just do a different chair design that blends together.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 01-22-2017 02:10 AM

Great Job, I am not a fan of Live Edge projects. This one is really nice !!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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