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For this project, because the wood came from the lumber mill (rough cut) with only one live edge I decided to make a soafa/console table. The table top is a cherry slab- approx 1.5 inches thick. It is 30 inches high, 4 feet long and about 14 inches at the wide end. I am the world's worst photographer so I hope you can bear the photos. The table does sit level LOL and it doesn't slant in any direction- but the pictures sure make it look like it is :0. Anyway, this poor table went through the wringer. I had it on the front porch, planed, sanded and glued up (through tenons.) A friend stopped by with her 5 month old large puppy. The puppy was on a long 15-20 leash that was lashed to my.. porch rail. Well the puppy went up on the porch wrapped the cord around the table legs, got scared and RAN down the porch steps. Needless to say- the table went airborne hit the ground and got drug further on gravel- top side down naturally. The glue wasn't completely dry- but nearly so. I had to tighten everything back up- but the top is well… let's just say it displays a distressed top. LOL I did resand a bit and had to jury rig the tenons on top with some epoxy- but .. anyway- the finish is 3 coats tung oil plus 3 coats minwax poly. I made another one similar to this one, but finish is not yet complete and I don't think I will post it because it is very similar- minus the gravel dents of course.

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The grain sure looks good in Pic#3. Very nice piece of cherry! Thanks for sharing.
 

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once again, very nice.
 

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I can definitely appreciate what it takes to work with natural edge material. I realally like the through tenons for the legs. Nice work. Do you use a tenon cutter or carve them by hand? I worked out a method to turn them on a lathe for a bench I made. You gotta love a girl who knows her way around a workshop.
 

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That must be a LARGE puppy-Hey, great story to go with the great table. Nice job!
 

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Aw thanks you guys. sras- got the cherry in the sawmill burn pile. LOL; Manitario- my table needs some emergency medical attention. :); schwieb- I use a tenon cutter for 1" or above. Less than 1 inch I hand cut the tenons. Generally on my tables all the tenons on siderails are hand cut with a utility knife. For mortises I use a Forstner bit or paddle bit. I wish I had a guy around here who knew his way around the shop to help me out a bit once in a while. ; Ron- big puppy- actually one that I bred here- a labradoodle. It was so funny that I couldn't even be mad. Dennis- look again at the left side of the table in pic 1. LOL
 

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Great job - I bet diamond willow would make nice looking legs for this style of table as well .
 

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if it is the live edge I can see something but still ain´t looking bad :)
 

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Nice table Gurl. Since were neighbors how about you teach me about your rustic carpentry and I'll show you how to cut a dovetail? Unless you already know how to cut a dovetail. By the way, where is this sawmill that throws away good Cherry?
 

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I have used a lot of different processes to distress wood before, but never thought of tying a dog to it to let him drag it around the yard. I'll have to keep that idea in mind! As always, it turned out beautifully.
 

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Great save. You've got a nice looking slab, even if it did get beat on the rocks. I hate to see beautiful wood wasted in the fire pile.
 

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Great colors. What do you do for the tenons. Do they just fit tight, or do you use glue or some kind of wedge to get the snug fit…or the weight of the slab?
 

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rivergirl, I'll be danged if your work don't just keep gettin' better and better. It don't look to me like that puppy dog hurt anything. That is surely one beautiful table. The wood is fabulous and I do love that finish. You keep on rollin' along, rivergal, 'cause you're developing your on unique style with this woodworking genre.
 

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I wouldn't worry about a few scratches. Poly will cover a multitude of sins! That's a gorgeous piece of cherry. Was your top cured when you assembled, or was it partially green?
 

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Nice long legs, going all the way up to that beautifully figured cherry. WOOD, cherry wood. I mean, nice table, real nice…...................
 

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YOU GUYS ARE SILLY! :) hahaha
 

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What a great table. Gives me an idea for a piece of Green Heart I was given yesterday while delivering a door.
Have you made tenoners?
Ah dogs, our boxer likes to taste certain finished products.
 
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