Simple slab table.

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Project by NateX posted 11-14-2011 07:11 PM 1731 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A simple modern slab table made from a black walnut slab.

My friend had been looking at getting a table like this for some time. He found a great deal on Craigslist for a black walnut slab and jumped on it. $100 including shipping from New York to Los Angeles is a bargain in my book! Since I have a generous father-in-law with a shop and a penchant for wood working, I offered to help him turn his find into a table.

The wood had some pretty good cracks and a looked like it had been sliced up with a table saw on one side. After some aggressive hand planing and a lot of belt sanding it was fairly level. We finally got a good look at the figure through the crotch of the branches we realized what a beautiful piece of wood he had.

The large crack down the grain was repaired with a large bow tie on the bottom of the piece. I suggested the top, but the my friend wanted to keep the design clean and simple, so we hid the inlay. The hairpin legs are custom from a company in Colorado and were attached with lag screws. The top was sanded to 220, then we raised the grain, and finished with natural Watco Danish Oil. It came out really nicely. It looks very contemporary and light, and most importantly, it came out exactly how he wanted it.

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 02:33 AM

Beautiful slab of walnut. Like what you did with it. Looks great.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 04:36 AM

You sure have a beautiful bench! Thanks for sharing.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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