Maple Burl Slab Table!

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Project by Rebarn posted 01-10-2014 11:00 PM 1968 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This slab was brought to me to finish into a table. i wasn’t to keen on the project because I sell slabs and would rather have sold one for the project. But…such is life.

This slab had some obvious drawbacks. First, a big crack. I had to put in a butterfly key to deal with that one. Second, there were two sections of the slab joined together by a 5” wide piece between the two. This is very weak. So, I sunk a piece of steel across the bottom to add strength. It would have been easier, and less expensive to buy a better slab from the get go. Lastly, I don’t care for the straight end opposite the circular end. Doesn’t work for me.

It wasn’t until I began to apply my finish that I began to have a bit of a change in attitude. The colors in this piece were lovely. This piece had curl, quilting, flecks of orange and gold. It was really nice.

The slab was raised up on stainless steel pins for a minimalistic look.

-- A day without slivers is a day without sunshine!

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 01:20 AM

Great looking table.

-- Tony, Glendale, Az.,

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 03:06 AM

Very cool. Glad you posted in process pics as well. Ii understand your concerns, but the fable top is just grand. I think the barrow central waist is very unique. There is an interesting juxtaposition of natural edge of the top and the mid-century style metal legs. Also, welcome to Lumber Jocks. You’ve posted a great many projects in just a few days.

-- Glen

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 01:48 PM

Love it !! I have always liked the natural edge look. I have a couple of slabs I’m thinking would make good table tops. Do you have any tips you would like to share such as how you got the top and bottom flat ?

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 03:03 PM

Thanks gents. I appreciate the appreciation!

Cousinwill…slabs are usually cut flat at the sawmill. Then they are kiln dried and either planed or drum sanded for smoothness. Planing (and I mean in a large thickness planer) will usually deal effectively with saw blade chatter, irregular thickness and minor cupping etc.

If you have slabs you want flattened…you may want to find a shop with a large planer, like a mill. In Ontario (Canada) a fee of !00.00 per hour is pretty much standard for machining. But…if you are running a few slabs through…it isn’t so bad. And for me…it just goes into the cost of the wood or table we are selling.

I hope you can find a solution.

-- A day without slivers is a day without sunshine!

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