Redwood slab dining table

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Project by SubtleEpsilon posted 07-02-2018 05:51 PM 2022 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dining table made of 3” live-edge redwood slab. That cause the bark to separate from the wood along almost the whole length in one go with just a little leverage. Wide end is about 42” and narrow end is about 33”. Total length is 96”. Slab is attached to the base using 3” long 1/2” hex bolts. Base is made from cherry. The finish is about 7 or 8 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, all gloss finish except the last coat which was satin. Generally I only sand to about 180 but I sanded the slab to 220. Having a six-inch RO sander really helped cut down the time and was a lot nicer to use than my sad old 5” RO sander. I did make one butterfly key out of some of the cherry which you can see on the wider end of the slab in the first picture. I didn’t really want a key that really contrasted with the redwood. Debarking the thing was pretty easy once I applied a little physics. I was thinking it was going to be a real chore until I wedged my cheap draw knife into the line between the wood and the bark. The vertical supports have a tenon into the lower rail and are drawbored for strength and to solve the annoying clamping during glue-up problem I would have had.

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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#1 posted 07-02-2018 08:11 PM

Great looking table and the grain is beautiful. Excellent job !!!!!

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 07-02-2018 10:05 PM

wow spectacular slab of wood and your base works perfectly with the top,very nice work.

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

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#3 posted 07-02-2018 10:06 PM

Massive, will be perfect for the right spot, but it will need room around it like in the photo to allow it to look like it should. IOW no cramped spaces for that King sized table.

Like that top, and that is a no joke base. Great table. I like substantial in a table.

Thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 07-03-2018 01:48 AM

Wonderful. Great looking table top and well executed base.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 07-03-2018 02:21 AM

Very Nice and Well Done!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 07-03-2018 03:24 AM

Spectacular looking table!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 07-03-2018 03:54 PM

The wife referred to it as ‘the most beautiful thing in the house’

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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#8 posted 07-03-2018 04:15 PM

This dining table turned out beautifully. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 07-04-2018 08:06 PM

beautiful table. wish i could get some wood like that up here.

-- Kory, St.Thomas ON,

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