Walnut Slab Coffee table

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Blog series by ilyac updated 10-22-2014 03:26 AM 4 parts 7055 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: The Slab...

09-07-2014 11:59 PM by ilyac | 0 comments »

So maybe about half a year ago I saw a posting for a walnut slab on craigslist about 2’ by 5’ by 4 to 5-1/5” thick so I jumped on it and picked it up. The plan has always been to make a coffee table out of it, but for a while I had neither the time nor motivation to really start working on it. It’s in pretty rough shape (I have no idea who took this piece down, but it looks like it was resawn with a chainsaw). I have since moved 1200 miles with it and finally st...

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Part 2: The Router Sled

09-08-2014 01:06 AM by ilyac | 4 comments »

After a few feeble attempts at using a belt sander and a hand plane ( as if that was going to work) I decided to build a router sled. I don’t have much in the ways of a work surface that can accommodate a piece this size so I fashioned up a few sawhorses, a bed to hold the slab, and then the router sled itself. The whole thing took me an afternoon and is made of MDF. Because the slab varies in height so much I wanted a easy way to adjust the sled potion without having to move the wal...

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Part 3: Finished Planing

09-16-2014 12:37 AM by ilyac | 2 comments »

500,000 (plus or minus a few) passes with the router and I have a nice flat slab, with just a little bit a twist, but with my current garage set up trying to fix the 1/32 (about) that i’m off will likely do more harm than good. Final thickness is just shy of 3”. There are two spots that I need to fill in (gaps in the wood), which I’ll likely do with some of the material I cut off the ends, but not sure the best way to go about it. Suggestions welcome. Need to knock off th...

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Part 4: All Done

10-22-2014 03:26 AM by ilyac | 0 comments »

Finished with the table and very happy with the way it came out. Finished with 4 coats of Watco Danish oil and a final coat of Clear Trewax Paste Wax, and attached 3-rod hairpin iron rod legs. I posted to projects here:

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