Live Edge Maple side table

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Project by Skylark53 posted 04-28-2012 01:05 PM 2445 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a slab of Maple about 2” thick X 16” X 13”. It came from a tree on my property about 2 years ago. I cut the slab with my chainsaw, then used my router to level it up on both sides, following that with a sanding disc on a grinder, finishing up with sanderpaper, 50 grit, 80, 150, 220. The table top finish is Environtex Lite pour on High Gloss. I’ve sold this product at my store but had never used it personally. It was much easier to use than I expected and the finish is beautiful and appears to be pretty rugged. The table stand is 3/4”X4” Maple I fitted in a tri-shape, cut to resemble the shape of a tree trunk. I stained it to match the color of the remaining bark and top costed it with 2 coats of gloss polyurethane. Thanks to my LJ friend Wayne Dailey for advice he’s given me. Check out his projects; he does super work over in East Tennessee.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#1 posted 04-28-2012 02:18 PM

Beautiful piece Rick. That is a gorgeous piece of maple and the stand fits it perfect. Well done.

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#2 posted 04-28-2012 02:32 PM

Very Unique, I like it a lot. Nice job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 02:58 PM

Nice job, Rick. Love that slab.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#4 posted 04-28-2012 07:57 PM

Very cool, I like it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 04-28-2012 08:38 PM

Looks good pal i luv maple wood.

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#6 posted 04-28-2012 11:12 PM

Hi Rick: What imagination you have! ... and patience … to wait two years before turning the maple slab this beautiful table with your artistic touch. Well done!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#7 posted 04-29-2012 12:18 AM

Excellent work my friend, as always, hope all is well.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#8 posted 04-29-2012 10:51 AM

Good looking table, I like the idea of shaping the legs to resemble a treetrunk.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 05-02-2012 02:21 AM

Thank you all for the kind encouragemenst. I never thought I’d do such a project; always only thinking of using “finished wood”, but my good LJ friend Wayne Dailey has done some work that really captured my attention. Now I have a couple of tree trunks prepped for future projects. Elaine, I’ve no idea what they’ll be!! Maybe a bit of them will find their way to some of the intarsia peices you have me thinking of. My imagination can’t begin to equal yours. I’m so very glad to have found you and your tutorial here on LJs. Thanks!! My buddy RickL-you know real “excellent” what with those chairs and other projects you’ve shared. I’ll humbly accept your compliment, knowing you learned to be a true “southern gentleman” whilst here in Tennessee. LOL. Lou, from the works I’ve seen you make, you know “gorgeous”- thank you my pisan. This is all good fun. Thank you all-each of you are blessings in my life.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 05-07-2012 12:15 AM

Skylark…........This is a beautiful slab of wood and a beautiful table. I enjoyed reading all about it!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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