Live Edge Walnut Table

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Project by kenn posted 05-15-2019 12:45 AM 603 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to visit my Dad and a logger buddy, Brownie, of his was there visiting also. Eventually the talk turned to woodworking. I mentioned that was looking for walnut crotch for a chest of drawers project. Brownie told me of a piece of wood that he had been hoarding for six years but he might be willing part with. After seeing the pictures he sent me, I saw it didn’t have the feather crotch I was looking for but it looked like the grain had lots of figure.

I told my wife that it looked like a table top to me and if she wanted it for a table, I’d make it for her but that I didn’t think I would buy it for my chest project since it wasn’t just what I wanted. We made arrangements to go look at the slab. My wife was supposed to give me a discreet head nod if she wanted it.

Brownie poured water on the slab and the grain came alive. A glance to my wife and her head stretched as far up and down as anyone has ever nodded. A quick negotiation and I had a table top to make.

The base was hand forged by Ian Hart of Cloven Hoof Iron and Wood in Virginia. His work is amazing. He patiently worked through the design process with me and the end result is exactly what I wanted & what he had drawn. Plus Ian kindly delivered it to me since I was recovering from a knee replacement surgery. I think the base really makes the table.

Finished with BLO hand rubbed, black epoxy for the couple narrow cracks, bow ties on the bottom to stabilize the cracks, 5’ 6” long, 28” at the waist, 30” & 33” at the ends, 30” tall.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 05-15-2019 01:12 AM

Outstanding table. Great wood, great legs. Really nicely done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 05-15-2019 03:09 AM

That is absolutely beautiful. Unbelievable grain pattern.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-15-2019 03:39 AM

Beautiful table. Well done !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#4 posted 05-15-2019 03:50 AM

Awesome, Ken—glad to see you’re still getting after it! And how about those cool WINDSOR chairs around that table!!!!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#5 posted 05-15-2019 04:13 AM

I’m old enough to have passed through the time period where the word Gnarly was in vogue. That slab is Gnarly to the 10th power.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 05-15-2019 05:55 AM

That is outstanding wood/metal combination! Live edge, one piece of walnut is incredible….you realy find a treasure here.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 05-15-2019 09:56 AM

Wauuu what a beautiful piece of wood, makes sense to use it for the table.
Many fine dinners and talks will be held around that slab.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 05-15-2019 10:03 AM

beautiful table, the legs are nothing short of awesome !

-- 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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#9 posted 05-15-2019 10:56 AM

Lovely table that. Also the steel work is brilliant. Simple and lovely.
Nice one,

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#10 posted 05-15-2019 01:54 PM

first off the slab is awesome by itself but combined with the gorgeous iron work and the black windsor chairs make it the perfect table set.nice work.

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

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#11 posted 05-15-2019 02:37 PM

What a gorgeous table you’ve turned that lovely slab of walnut into Kenn! I can well imagine your wife’s exaggerated nod as she saw its grain come to life!! The iron legs are a perfect pairing of your tabletop design. Beautiful Kenn!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 05-15-2019 07:12 PM

Beautiful Kenn. A Heirloom to leave for many generations.

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#13 posted 05-15-2019 11:04 PM

Thanks for all the great comments. When I was making the top, my son claimed it has his heirloom so it has a home for a long time.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#14 posted 05-15-2019 11:05 PM


-- Gary, Florida

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#15 posted 05-16-2019 12:43 AM

Beautiful table. Walnut is one of my favorite wood.


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