Live Edge Cherry Coffee Table from the Beginning #2: More Flattening, coming up with a plan

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Blog entry by CharlesA posted 07-26-2014 06:18 AM 3509 reads 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Choosing a Board, Initial Flattening Part 2 of Live Edge Cherry Coffee Table from the Beginning series Part 3: Removing the Bark »

I’m not an expert in Live Edge work. I’m doing this blog because I’m making this as a wedding gift, and I thought the recipients might find it interesting after they receive it. Perhaps some folks on LJ might find it helpful as they work through similar issues.

I found an image on the net that serves as an inspiration
It will not be a copy at all, since I’ll be using a thinner slab, different wood, and a variation on the design. I’d already decided to do a waterfall leg on one side. Like this image, I’ll do the shelf (requested) and the other leg in a darker wood—walnut that I’ve darkened using this dye method.

I will not do a wraparound of this leg, but will inset it a couple of inches like a more conventional leg.

I’ve been asking for help for ideas on how to cut the slab for the waterfall leg. I’ve decided to try with the circular saw an an edge guide. Bought a new blade today for the attempt.

Today I spent more time flattening it, partially to make it a bit thinner for the crosscutting. It started out at 1 5/8”, and it is about 1 15/32”. I took a pretty good layer off the bottom first, making it easier for attached the conventional leg when the time comes. I got almost all of the convex out of it.

I then flipped it over and took a thinner layer of the top off.

This took most of the curve left on the edges, but left just a little in places (which I like). I think the board is looking really, really good at this point.

Because of the router jig, I can’t use dust collection. So, if you’d like to see how much is created in wood chips from two layers off the bottom and three layers off the top of this board, this is what it looks like. That’s a full-size broom in the pic, btw.

Next will be to take the bark off with an edge grinder (what I haven’t already knocked off), sanding it a bit, and preparing the big crosscut. I’m considering making a jig for the router to cut the hidden splines in the joint. All that comes next.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 07-26-2014 01:29 PM

Looks good. I really like the design which is inspiring you. I’m always amazed at how much waste is created with planing and in your case using a router.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-26-2014 02:00 PM

Very nice. I see the Preppin Weapon is working well for you?

-- paxorion

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 12:36 AM

Slab is lookin good! Your router flattening jig looks like it works great. I’ll be copying this when I get something that won’t fit through the big planer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-27-2014 01:38 AM

This is where I first discovered the flattening jig. Seen it other places since.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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