a claro walnut slab and rebar dining table

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Project by dan mosheim posted 06-02-2012 12:41 PM 9637 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

we finished another in our series of claro walnut slab dining tables last week. this one was kind of a rescue mission as the slab we had purchased at a ‘discount’ (if there is such a thing) was completely cracked into two pieces. will stitched it back together with a whole bunch of butterflies on both the top and the bottom of the crack. by the time he finished, it was actually very rigid and felt like it was back in one piece. the polished rebar and walnut base is also a new thing for us, an effort to find something as interesting, substantial, and popular as our increasingly expensive standard steel shaker bases. the price of steel has skyrocketed in the past two years, almost doubling what we have to pay to have the 1.5” thick steel cut at a local fabricator’s shop. anyway, we like the rebar.

in other news, i have tentatively changed my blog layout which may or may not be better and easier to use. the jury is still out on that. on the one hand, you can see photos from posts that have been long buried in the past, on the other, depending on your browser, closing an enlarged photo will be smooth or will shoot you back to the home page, an annoyance at best. if you feel like it, let me know what you think about the new layout. thanks … hope your weather for the weekend looks better than ours here in vermont. it’s about 50 degrees, windy and pouring right now …

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 06-02-2012 01:20 PM

Very nice! What are the dimensions?

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#2 posted 06-02-2012 01:23 PM

What an amazing slab, and fine work to bring out it’s life.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 06-02-2012 02:15 PM

Dan, been following your work for awhile. This is just another stunning piece you all put out. Great color, figure and depth of grain. I’m very jealous of that slab! Awesome work.

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#4 posted 06-02-2012 02:41 PM

Your designs are always interesting to me. I love looking at your work and when I make a coffee table out of a slab I look fwd to incorparating some of that into it. The finish looks great on the top. Would love to hear more details on that.
The rebar is way cool wat you go!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 06-02-2012 02:57 PM

Nice piece of wood over there. How old was the tree?.

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#6 posted 06-02-2012 03:06 PM

Another cool piece with outstanding wood.


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#7 posted 06-02-2012 04:00 PM

How did you go about flattening such a large slab? A huge router sled maybe? The grain looks fantastic, and the base is clever.

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#8 posted 06-03-2012 01:49 AM

Really shows off the lumber….very nice

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#9 posted 06-03-2012 04:24 AM


Your table slabs never cease to amaze us. Butterflying that together must have been quite a project! Thanks for sharing another winner.


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#10 posted 06-03-2012 11:56 AM

thank you all for your comments … i’ll try to answer them top to bottom here …

dimensions are +/- 45×92 x 29.5” high

first, and maybe most important, find a relatively warm, dust free area … the finish, believe it or not, is two coats brushed on minwax poly fast dry gloss, applied with a 3” foam brush from jamestown supply. all foam brushes are NOT equal. get a good one. sand each coat with 400 when completely dry. . overnight at least. then apply a final wet coat of minwax poly fast dry satin. when that completely drys, you may need to scuff sand it lightly with 1200 or 2000 grit paper and polish it with a paper towel. you also may need a top coat of wiping poly or sometimes we add some linseed oil to the fast dry and wipe on. wipe off till it’s dry. experiment with this formula on unimportant stuff till you fully understand it.

i didn’t count the rings, but my supplier tells me most of these hybrid walnuts were planted in the 1890’s.

luckily, my supplier is VERY good at drying these slabs and a couple trips of the halves through the wide belt sander and we were good to go. it doesn’t hurt to use winding sticks and a little power planning by hand before the sander if necessary.

the butterflies are straightforward. there was just A LOT of them. enjoy your sunday, and thanks again for your comments … dan

ps. one last note. if you visit my blog, you can also change the way you view it at the top right ‘classic’ or ‘magazine’ are other options…

-- dan,vermont,

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#11 posted 06-03-2012 12:19 PM

This is one of the reasons I belong to the forum -to be inspired. Beautiful work!

And yes, the weather in North Carolina is a bit better than yours this weekend. Sorry!

-- John from Hampstead

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#12 posted 06-03-2012 03:32 PM

Very nice. I love the look of the walnut. I also like to the new base. I would have never thought of rebar

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#13 posted 06-03-2012 07:13 PM

What a great idea using rebar I love the look and it works well with the walnut slab. OK now I want to see you split a piece and use it like an applied turned molding :) .Another fine job from you guys!!!!!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#14 posted 07-03-2012 09:15 PM

another nice one!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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