Live Edge Waterfall Coffee Table Build

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Project by John Malecki posted 11-06-2018 02:30 PM 3738 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I Build A Live Edge Waterfall Coffee Table</h2>

In this video I build a Live Edge Waterfall Coffee table with metal bowtie inlays and an aluminum leg.
Building slab furniture has become somewhat of a passion for me. Over the last few years I have literally built dozens of pieces from slabs. In this build I link up with Woodpeckers, to premiere their brand new Slab Flattening JigĀ . When I saw the options for the slabs to test out the jig, this ambrosia maple slab caught my eye. So I went to work getting down to a usable thickness, and as the voids and color in the wood came to life, I knew I had to turn it into A Live Edge Waterfall Coffee Table .

Working with live edge slabs is a blast. It is also super easy and can really allow some amazing wood, that wouldn’t make it into spec lumber, to be used as a statement piece. I got this concept for A Live Edge Waterfall Coffee Table from the wood itself. I had no clue what I was going to do with this slab until I had it milled flat and water popped it. Sometimes, you have to play with the hand you’re dealt. And in this project, I was throw pocket Aces.

If you want to see how I do it, check out the full video here!

-- John Malecki, Pittsburgh PA,

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-06-2018 03:38 PM

Great looking table! Do you think the Woodpecker jig is worth the $700.00 they are asking?

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#2 posted 11-06-2018 05:11 PM

But, the leg – did not like the aluminum frame. Better to make forged with accessories. Good luck.

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#3 posted 11-06-2018 05:34 PM

What a great job. If you don’t want it I’ll take it off your hands for $100. :) :)

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#4 posted 11-06-2018 06:54 PM

It has a light, natural look to it, but I suspect it’s very heavy. Did this require working on the slab with portable tools? Is the final thickness about 3 inches?

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#5 posted 11-06-2018 07:53 PM

This is realy masterpiece art work…from metal-wood combination to butterfly patches and 45 miter joint…excellent work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 11-06-2018 08:06 PM

i have a love of live edge slabs myself and this one i definitely love john.very cool look using the metal bow ties,dont think ive seen that done before.that slab flat jig looks like an easy way to do these large slabs but a little costly if you only do a few in your life time so i may hold off on concern with the waterfall edge people might trip or stumble on the protruding edge being wider than the top?all in all its a killer table john,you always impress me.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 11-06-2018 10:35 PM

wonderfully artistic table!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 11-07-2018 02:28 AM

Impressive table John.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 11-07-2018 02:31 AM

Very Nicely Done! Looks Great!

Rick S.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 11-08-2018 06:05 PM

Neat ,

I just received an email from Taunton advertising a new slab flattening jig from Woodpeckers and a picture of your project was included

From: “Fine Woodworking” <finewoodworking>
Subject: New Tool Alert: Slab Flattening Mill

-- derek / oregon

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#11 posted 11-09-2018 02:23 AM

I just saw this on instagram!

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#12 posted 04-13-2021 01:17 AM

Awesome design and build. I like the aluminum bow ties as they pull together the frame and the top. This is a beautiful piece.

-- AJ

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