Inlaid Walnut slab coffee table

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Project by LarryB posted 11-13-2021 01:08 PM 776 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend had given me this slab walnut “shoulder” a few years ago. I’ve been waiting for it to tell me what it wanted to be. The walnut leaves are made of cedar. The sliced walnut was an after thought.
Routering was the most difficult part. The 1/4” thick leaves were cut on a scrollsaw. I used epoxy to embed them. I also epoxied the underside of the slab as there were several cracks.
Several layers of poly finished the top. I decided that three legs fit this odd shape best, hence the five sided base to support the legs. Amazingly, the top balanced very well and is quite stable.
It was a fun and challenging build. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 11-13-2021 01:29 PM

Very much like your table. I’ll be heading to make a coffee table in near future and enjoying everyone’s version as I design mine. The 3 legs look unique for this table. Do you have your own flattening jig to flatten the slabs?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 11-13-2021 01:47 PM

when I saw the “top” picture I just went blank – I realize the work and effort in total build but my eyes return to the top – exquisite
Thanks for sharing, now I humbly meander back to my shop

-- 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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#3 posted 11-13-2021 01:49 PM

Nice work. I’m not generally a fan of “live edge” but this works so well. The leaves look like they might have just fallen off the tree. I’d be curious to hear/see more details about the legs and base.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 11-13-2021 02:29 PM

This is stunning. The details with the inlays and then the legs – well, just wow. When I look at the top it has a feeling of “movement” with the grain and then your placement of the inlays.

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#5 posted 11-13-2021 03:27 PM

Wonderful inlay making for a wonderful table. Nice design and workmanship. Very nice.

-- Ron

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#6 posted 11-13-2021 03:44 PM

Beautiful Craftsmanship, the inlays set it off along with the legs. Are the legs laminated, thinking about the grain orentation and strength?

-- Eric, building the dream

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#7 posted 11-13-2021 04:10 PM

The table is great, but that inlay is beyond, beautiful detail and fall colors. Well done sir!

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#8 posted 11-13-2021 05:43 PM

Beautiful project!

Well designed and crafted…A joy to see…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 11-13-2021 05:48 PM

Thank you for sharing this amazing coffee table. The details are incredible.

Your portfolio of projects is very impressive.

Bill in MI

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#10 posted 11-13-2021 08:00 PM

What an incredible table!

-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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#11 posted 11-14-2021 01:40 AM

mind blown… love the design and inlay work is incredible.cant say enough.

-- 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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#12 posted 11-14-2021 01:47 AM

“when I saw the β€œtop” picture I just went blank – I realize the work and effort in total build but my eyes return to the top – exquisite” My exact same experience. Very impressive. Love the fact that the legs are wood and not just metal hunks holding up the table. It is truly and art piece. You can see the time and care it took. Thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 11-14-2021 02:13 AM

The inlay is pretty mesmerizing. The whole thing looks great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 11-14-2021 03:04 AM

Thank you all for the encouraging comments. I really enjoy seeing the creative projects fellow woodworkers produce. Hopefully my own creativity stimulates others to explore the possibilities of wood.

To repond to a couple of comments: The legs are of a mystery wood. I was given some cut offs of what appear to be 5/4 very heavy, dense, maybe industrial flooring, about 8” wide. I band sawed the legs, & routered the front edges. The wood is dark like walnut, so they fit this project well. Spray poly, no stain. I attached them to the walnut 5 sided box with SCREWS. Then glued the five sided box together ( it was fun trying to figure out the angles to cut the joints) and attached it to the bottom of the slab with Kreg screws. I made my own flattening ‘jig’ several years ago, (before many were available), out of 2×4s & a piece of plywood. It works but probably not as well as those commercially sold.

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#15 posted 11-14-2021 11:09 AM


Very well done!

-- Petey

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