Live Edge End Table

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Project by McaroJCC posted 08-30-2018 02:50 PM 947 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an end piece cut-off of a walnut slab that I had used for another project that I didn’t want to discard because the wood grain was so nice. After staring at it for a while I decided that I could use it for an end table to put on our deck. The only problem was that it was split nearly in two where a check had formed in the end of the original slab.

I considered several ways of solving this and finally landed on just cutting the split area out and replacing it with a strip from a piece of poplar I had on hand that was roughly the same thickness. That would keep the width of the piece pretty close to the same as it was originally, and meant I didn’t have to reduce the thickness of the slab to match a thinner piece. And since I was gluing on the long grain, it shouldn’t cause any serious problems if the wood movement rates where a little different. Also, the color of the poplar was close to the color of the sapwood on the walnut and I liked the contrast it added to the piece. I joined everything back together using biscuits and Tite Bond III.

I went back a forth on a leg assembly, but finally decided to just use the metal hairpins because of their simplicity. I wanted to feature the grain in the walnut because of how nice the crotch figuring looks. A more intricate base from a different wood might detract from that. The finish is just 3 coats of tung oil with 3 coats of General Finishes Exterior 450 topcoat.

Now that it’s finished, my wife has decided that it’s too pretty to put outside so she’s going to use it in the house. I guess that if I want a table that I can use on the deck, I’m going to have to build something ugly. LOL

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

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#1 posted 08-31-2018 01:29 AM

That is a nice looking slab table. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 08-31-2018 08:07 PM

Thanks, swirt!

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

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#3 posted 08-31-2018 08:49 PM

yeah, I’m sure that if you put that outside in the elements the sheriff would come calling and charge you with abuse of a fine table.
the hairpin legs was a good choice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 09-01-2018 07:43 AM

Can’t miss with live edge, metal and contrasting colours…great work!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 09-02-2018 07:30 PM

Thanks, Ivan and Dick!

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

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