RUSTIC, LIVE EDGE, CHERRY SLAB sofa/console table

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Project by rivergirl posted 10-16-2010 10:37 PM 6790 views 1 time favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For this project, because the wood came from the lumber mill (rough cut) with only one live edge I decided to make a soafa/console table. The table top is a cherry slab- approx 1.5 inches thick. It is 30 inches high, 4 feet long and about 14 inches at the wide end. I am the world’s worst photographer so I hope you can bear the photos. The table does sit level LOL and it doesn’t slant in any direction- but the pictures sure make it look like it is :0. Anyway, this poor table went through the wringer. I had it on the front porch, planed, sanded and glued up (through tenons.) A friend stopped by with her 5 month old large puppy. The puppy was on a long 15-20 leash that was lashed to my.. porch rail. Well the puppy went up on the porch wrapped the cord around the table legs, got scared and RAN down the porch steps. Needless to say- the table went airborne hit the ground and got drug further on gravel- top side down naturally. The glue wasn’t completely dry- but nearly so. I had to tighten everything back up- but the top is well… let’s just say it displays a distressed top. LOL I did resand a bit and had to jury rig the tenons on top with some epoxy- but .. anyway- the finish is 3 coats tung oil plus 3 coats minwax poly. I made another one similar to this one, but finish is not yet complete and I don’t think I will post it because it is very similar- minus the gravel dents of course.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 10:43 PM

The grain sure looks good in Pic#3. Very nice piece of cherry! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 10:53 PM

niice saved it doesn´t look bad at all :-)

thank´s for sharing

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#3 posted 10-16-2010 10:54 PM

once again, very nice.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 10:58 PM

LOVE it! Great work.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 10-16-2010 11:15 PM

I can definitely appreciate what it takes to work with natural edge material. I realally like the through tenons for the legs. Nice work. Do you use a tenon cutter or carve them by hand? I worked out a method to turn them on a lathe for a bench I made. You gotta love a girl who knows her way around a workshop.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#6 posted 10-16-2010 11:16 PM

That must be a LARGE puppy—Hey, great story to go with the great table. Nice job!

-- RonWen

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#7 posted 10-16-2010 11:39 PM

Aw thanks you guys. sras- got the cherry in the sawmill burn pile. LOL; Manitario- my table needs some emergency medical attention. :); schwieb- I use a tenon cutter for 1” or above. Less than 1 inch I hand cut the tenons. Generally on my tables all the tenons on siderails are hand cut with a utility knife. For mortises I use a Forstner bit or paddle bit. I wish I had a guy around here who knew his way around the shop to help me out a bit once in a while. ; Ron- big puppy- actually one that I bred here- a labradoodle. It was so funny that I couldn’t even be mad. Dennis- look again at the left side of the table in pic 1. LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#8 posted 10-17-2010 01:31 AM

Great job – I bet diamond willow would make nice looking legs for this style of table as well .

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#9 posted 10-17-2010 01:34 AM

if it is the live edge I can see something but still ain´t looking bad :-)

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#10 posted 10-17-2010 01:47 AM

Nice table Gurl. Since were neighbors how about you teach me about your rustic carpentry and I’ll show you how to cut a dovetail? Unless you already know how to cut a dovetail. By the way, where is this sawmill that throws away good Cherry?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#11 posted 10-17-2010 01:53 AM

I have used a lot of different processes to distress wood before, but never thought of tying a dog to it to let him drag it around the yard. I’ll have to keep that idea in mind! As always, it turned out beautifully.

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#12 posted 10-17-2010 02:36 AM

boy (girl) that is a nice top

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#13 posted 10-17-2010 02:46 AM

Very Nice!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 10-17-2010 03:10 AM

Great save. You’ve got a nice looking slab, even if it did get beat on the rocks. I hate to see beautiful wood wasted in the fire pile.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#15 posted 10-17-2010 03:51 AM

Great colors. What do you do for the tenons. Do they just fit tight, or do you use glue or some kind of wedge to get the snug fit…or the weight of the slab?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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