Live Edge Bedside Table

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Project by bobasaurus posted 06-15-2020 06:22 PM 514 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this live edge bedside table during my free time over the last two months. Russian olive top, soft/silver maple legs and shelf. Finished with Tried & True Varnish Oil. The back is mostly flat (with some overhang on the top) so it can sit flush against a wall. I did some fancy haunched through wedged mortise and tenon joinery for the shelf to leg attachment. The top is attached at the back with pocket screws, and at the front using dovetailed pieces with screw slots to allow for wood movement.

I won the Russian olive slab for coming in second place in the small Colorado version of the Kezurou-Kai hand planing competition last year. I also came in second in the competition before that, winning a lumber yard gift certificate that I used to purchase the maple base slabs. So I should call it the Kezurou table I guess. I made an effort to hand plane anything I could, only doing a final light sanding at 320 grit on the flats before finishing.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 06-15-2020 06:29 PM

Beautiful shape…and hand tool craftmanship!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-15-2020 07:18 PM

Awesome work Allen! I like that you let the natural shape of the wood determine the design :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 06-15-2020 10:03 PM

Beautiful table Allen!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 06-15-2020 10:24 PM


-- Dave

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#5 posted 06-16-2020 02:54 AM

Very nice. That olive wood is beautiful. Nice work on the joinery.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 06-16-2020 02:57 AM

Beautiful pieces of wood, Allen, and you did a heck of a job showing them off.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 06-16-2020 02:22 PM

Very nice looking.
Well done.

-- "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 06-17-2020 09:24 PM

As I was looking at the photos I found myself saying the same thing over & over.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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