Custom Designed Live Edge Table & Base

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Project by DocsDesigns posted 11-06-2019 03:26 AM 1529 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The debut of the live edge dining table is here! Three weeks of work went into this beast, as you saw my earlier posts about designing and constructing the “radian” base. I chose to stain it gray to compliment our tile floors. It was a custom leg profile I designed and template routed. The legs are 3” thick with mortised stretchers.

The top was a joy to complete as well. It is a 72×34x1.5 monkeypod slab that was router-flattened, then stabilized with steel c-channel to keep it as such. The choice of Rubio Monocoat “Pure” really creates the figure “pop” I was looking for. After curing, I wet sanded with mineral spirits up to 1500 grit and buffed out with some carnauba wax, this thing is like glass to the touch. For those curious, I purchased the slab at West Penn Hardwoods in Catawba, NC.

I’m also working on my photographic skills as well…being that a picture can be worth a thousand words…or a furniture sale. So, as always on my posts, feedback is needed…the good, the bad, the ugly…lemme have it straight!

Have a great week y’all and gimme a follow on Facebook or Instagram at @docsdesignsfurniture.

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#1 posted 11-06-2019 05:00 AM

Excellent slab and great base!!! It all comes together in a top notch and beautiful table.
Well done!!!!

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#2 posted 11-06-2019 05:15 AM

Totally stunning! It’s far to beautiful to spill Thanksgiving turkey gravy on. Keep that for a something to just enjoy looking at. A true work of art.

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#3 posted 11-06-2019 11:57 AM

A beautiful piece for sure. I’m looking up the base posts. Good job with your photography as well. Sometimes a really closeup shot of joinery or edge is nice to add into your mix. Overall an outstanding table. Congrats

-- AJ

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#4 posted 11-06-2019 01:02 PM

I dig it.

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#5 posted 11-06-2019 02:32 PM

Very nice. The look is awesome. The legs compliment the top very nicely. Good photos too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 11-06-2019 03:12 PM

no bad or ugly that table is pure the look of monkeypod and your base goes perfect with it.your picture show it how very hard is that rubio monocoat to work with,my hardwood supplier is stocking it and ive been curious to try it.not the cheapest finish though but ive heard it’s very durable.once again a gorgeous table.

-- 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 11-06-2019 03:26 PM

Really, really pretty….......actually I should say “handsome” since there isn’t anything dainty, thin or feminine about this project.
The base looks amazing with this top. Strong and secure and from a woodworking standpoint it looks like a real pain in the butt to make. Well done. However I always have concern about smashing my 6’9” legs and shins on the structure underneath any table. I really like the looks of your base but without chairs under it and me being physically able to check the clearance, the jury is still out. :)

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 11-06-2019 04:07 PM

Slaberrific. Monkeypod is awesome. Also known as sugarwood, or sugertree in some places. It is also not an endangered species, so its gonna get more and more popular.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#9 posted 11-06-2019 06:35 PM

ABSOLUTELY love it! Could you possibly post a photo of the c-channel Would love to see how you did that.


-- Puddy and paint make me what a carpenter I aint.

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#10 posted 11-06-2019 08:25 PM

I layed out and mortised two channels for each piece of steel. I then used threaded inserts into the slab that would hold the steel to the slab with 1/4” bolts. Then I set the c-channel in the mortises and installed the bolts.

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#11 posted 11-06-2019 09:12 PM

Thank you for the photo. That looks great.

-- Puddy and paint make me what a carpenter I aint.

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#12 posted 11-06-2019 09:19 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Petey

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#13 posted 11-07-2019 01:45 PM

I was skipping thru the projects site and the legs caught my eye, wow, wow, absolutely awesome design and completion.
nice thanks for sharing
Rj in az

-- Living the dream

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#14 posted 11-07-2019 02:32 PM

Magnificant table! I like that legs set pretty much.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 11-24-2019 10:27 PM

Excellent execution of a Beautiful table.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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