Guana-Coste Slab Table with Black Walnut Base

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Project by darum posted 08-10-2020 08:35 PM 572 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was the result of a request from one of my daughters for a kitchen table. I had never worked with heavy slabs before and I thought it might be interesting. I started working on this in July of 2019 and finished last month. Although I had the top flat, I forgot the bottom, so I had to rout out grooves to fit the four supporting arms. I discovered that Guana-Coste will not hold screws, so I used E-z Lock threaded inserts and bolts to attache the 50+ lb slab to the base. Very stable now about 80 lbs.

The table finish started off with a light coat of Watco Medium Walnut oil to bring out the character of the wood followed by an initial six coats of wipe on poly applied over a period of 4 months, with light sanding in between coats. That was followed with multiple additional coats, wet sanded to 2500 and finished with Meguiars’ lowest cut automotive finish compound.

At 85, I think I will stick to traditional hardwood and significantly lighter pieces.

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#1 posted 08-10-2020 10:37 PM

Top looks great, the base is nice design, the finish is superb! Excellent job!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#2 posted 08-11-2020 12:05 AM

Beautiful, and then finish you used brought out all that grain very nicely. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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