The First Completed Slab Table - 375 Year Old White Oak (Slab C)

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 09-01-2012 09:29 PM 4663 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Slab C – of our collection of 375 Year Old White Oak. Now a coffee table, simple four leg base with one drawer. An assortment of oak butterflies are strategically placed to secure various cracks. Placement is both on the top and bottom of the slab. We’re a bit paranoid so – overkill is generally the game plan.

The legs are by Osborne Wood Products. This is another great example of where we could turn them ourselves but “why?” ... their cost per leg is so reasonable it’s really the best option to select until you really need something entirely one-of-a-kind.

We soaked the whole slab in epoxy to restore what arrived as rather soft “punky” wood. The final finish is Waterlox tung oil.

There are eight of these slabs, so more projects will follow!

Project by Eric M. Saperstein & Michael Pietras

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 02:41 PM

That is a good looking slab. Well done.

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 04:33 PM

Nice save! How long do you soak the slab? are you wicking the epoxy up through the oak or laying it on and letting it dry?

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 10:56 AM

Looks great Eric. Artisians has another hit here.

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#4 posted 09-18-2012 11:57 PM

Thin the epoxy and just soak it and soak it in – just keep pouring it on the surface and spreading it out and it keeps disappearing. Took a whole afternoon to put the first “coat” or better put at a treatment on it. I think there’s about a half gallon of epoxy or more soaked into that slab. Especially the spongy areas just kept soaking in and in and in … one of these days we will drill and test it but I’m figuring it’s soaked in at least 1/2”.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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