Live edge Nakashima Style Cherry Slab Dining Table Top & Bench

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Project by TexPenn posted 12-16-2011 01:03 AM 10720 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Live edge Nakashima Style Cherry Slab Dining Table Top & Bench. All Cherry, all from the same log. At the request of the customer the butterflies are all different. Walnut, Cherry, sycamore, & maple. The top is 2” thick, 48 wide at widest, 40” at the small end & its 76” Joined with #20 biscuts & a 3/4” X 6” dowel at each end. This order was for the top only … & the bench. They had their own base. The bench is 72” X 12 on the flat, at smallest. All finished with spar urethane.
Pieces like this & more can be seen on my site & in my etsy store.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 01:25 AM

looks good! Glad to see somebody’s staying busy!!

-- Kirk H. --

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 04:59 AM

That is one great table!

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#3 posted 12-16-2011 10:56 AM

I love your table. Cherry is one of my favorite woods. I’ve got a few cherry crotch slabs that are dry and ready to build tables and benches from.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 12-16-2011 05:27 PM

Great looking tables. Can you share your process for the live edge? I have a walnut slab that I have leveled with live edges but am unsure of what to do with the edges. Sand with a flapper or wire brush, hand sand???? Edges are pretty good with most bark gone but it just seems to need some clean up. Don’t want to screw it up now. Thanks!

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#5 posted 12-16-2011 07:04 PM

Hi & thanks to all! We are a little busy but its fallen off a bit.
on the live edges of this one the bark fell off mostly on its own so all hat to do was clean it up. Right after the spring thaw bark practically jumps off a log. But anyway, I would remove any bark with a chisle being careful not to touch the inner sapwood. then I use a circular 6” disc of 120 grit on a 5” backing pad so there is 1/2” of flop & take off any remaining bark just using the edge of the disc. I get industrial discs & belts from b. snyder abrasives, “barbkat” on ebay. super strong cloth backed products about a buck a piece. They are 4.99 each at our local supply store. I hope this helps! Thanks again, Ted.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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