Live Edge, Black Walnut Dining Table

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Project by BGWood posted 03-11-2019 01:51 PM 2261 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was built for my wife as a wedding anniversary gift.

The wood slabs were cut and then a painfully slow drying process in a DIY dehumidifier heated kiln.
(I daily had to wet down each side of the wood and then rebind with ratchet straps it to a 2×4 cradle to keep them drying as straight possible!

The kiln was 4’x4’ and 10’ long….I used 16’x100’ roll of 6mm plastic sheeting to enclose the frame in one single pass….

I then encased it on all sides with 1’’ foamboard insulation and made cutouts/doors to get in and out easily.
I am a science teacher so I used a quality set of instruments to measure relative humidity and temperature consistently.

I would moisten morning and night with a hand sprayer and leave a pan of water in front of my heat source.
The dehumidifier would run from morning till bed and then re-moisture and absorb overnight.
...this was a 2.5 month endeavor to get them to working conditions.

Was able to borrow a Festool Track saw to make my cuts and ran the edge through an 8’ jointer bed to make them as clean as possible before doing biscuits!

I used 1” c channel on the underside and recessed it flash into the wood to help strengthen the slab and prevent a potential warpinf(essentially giving it a backbone) through the slabs to help strengthen across the midline)
I used a 1/4 spiral upcut to groove out the channels.

Finding a sander in my area that would take something 48’’ wide was quite the endeavor and had to drive close to two hours one way to get it prepped to finish

Final dimensions: 76’’ L x 48’’ W (on the corners)

Water-lox Satin finish ( 4 coats each side)

Under the 1/4” steel feet I used 1/4’’ rubber matting to ensure it wouldn’t gouge the floor.

All the steel tubing was bent from 14 gauge steel (except c-channel supports underneath) and all the hardware is 5/16’’ threaded inserts

Top plate and footplates are 1/4’’ steel plates (all steel was painted satin black)

I did all of this in my basement over the span of 6 months as I’m not done building my garage/woodshop.

Thanks everyone for feedback and suggestions and insight along the way during the build!

-- Brian, Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 03-11-2019 03:03 PM

man, that top turned out awesome.

I really like the legs too. do you have any pics of building them?

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#2 posted 03-11-2019 03:05 PM

Incredible leg set design! Top board… awsome finish. The table looks so classy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-11-2019 03:27 PM

That’s a Beautiful slab a great table.


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#4 posted 03-11-2019 03:41 PM

Very nice design and execution.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 03-11-2019 04:10 PM

man, that top turned out awesome.

I really like the legs too. do you have any pics of building them?

- Steve

I do but I dont want to necessarily clutter the post with all of them…...

i made wooden jigs to lay everything into as it was welded together to ensure it wouldnt warp or deflect …..plasma cut alot of it though which made it easy….working the math to figure out the angles was tough though…. took a while to find the right dimensions for each segment to make the overall height work out.

-- Brian, Pennsylvania

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#6 posted 03-11-2019 05:05 PM

the table is dynamite and the leg set even better ! Great build !!

-- 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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#7 posted 03-11-2019 09:50 PM

Thats an awesome top. The legs are different from what you see most of the time anymore, I see the metal used, did you also build them? If so take a bow, killing it in wood and metal, not something everyone can do.

Great table, thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 03-12-2019 01:13 AM

Fabulous build both top and base. That must have been a heck of a drum sander!

-- AJ

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#9 posted 03-12-2019 01:35 AM

Great looking table. Nice design on the legs. More unusual than most legs we are seeing on slabs.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 03-12-2019 03:12 AM

Great looking table and the legs are awesome.

great job. beautiful figure in the walnut and of course the live edge is my favorite.

-- No dust on the floor....No money in the bank

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#11 posted 03-12-2019 05:17 AM


That walnut grain is so beautiful, I wouldn’t ever want to put anything on it to distract! You really nailed it—top and bottom!!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 03-12-2019 11:25 AM

Your design of the legs is really cool! Love everything about it. Well done.

-- Petey

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#13 posted 03-17-2019 12:13 AM


Very, very, very nice design!



-- In his retort, the alchemist repeats the work of nature-----Jim Morrison

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#14 posted 03-17-2019 10:38 AM

Very nice – legs are a great compliment. What is going on at the table ends? Clearly not a breadboard, but I don’t think I’ve seen something like it before.

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#15 posted 03-17-2019 12:23 PM

Very nice – legs are a great compliment. What is going on at the table ends? Clearly not a breadboard, but I don’t think I’ve seen something like it before.

- Fiddy

They are 3/4” x3/4” walnut dowels inserted on the end grain. I did this for two reasons….

1) the end grain gets overlooked often so I wanted to add a small “bow tie” if you want to call it that to help add some pizzazz to the end grain

2) I thought about it for a while before deciding to do it but it also should help keep midline from wanting separate on the ends …. I doubt it ever would but which is why it’s more about #1 reason than the other.

I saw this done once before on another slab an older gentleman made I found it strikingly unique and his reason was the same as mine. It helps make the table stand out from the rest of the slabs being made. And allows to show off some extra hand skills

-- Brian, Pennsylvania

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