Walnut Slab table

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Project by Karson posted 04-06-2007 07:35 PM 8220 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this walnut slab table about 10 Years ago. The slab is a crotch walnut and I smoothed it using a hand scraper. The first time I tried that. At the time I thought that it would be the last time.

I tried to do a French Polish finish on it. First time on that also. It was a failure. I didn’t read the instructions (or didn’t follow the instructions read) and my polishing pad stuck to the finish. So it was alcohol and remove it. I took it all back down to wood and then finished it with Water Based Poly. First time on it also.

The base is a trapezoid. Square if looked at from the top or bottom but the sides taper in.
First time trying that also. I made my own walnut veneer. First time on using my own hand cut veneer.

I used Formica contact cement to glue down the veneer. First time and it was a failure from quality standpoint. The veneer shrunk and left cracks between the leaves of veneer. It was later filled in with small strip pieces of veneer.

The walnut slab has threaded inserts into it and then bolts through the base into the threaded insert.

While sitting in front of the TV. It sometimes showed that it was unstable. The base is smaller than the table top so if the kid tried to sit on the end of the table it dumped them on the floor. (That part was good)

David ( my hyper active foster child) (Now my hyper active son) used an electric screwdriver with the phillips head and modified the splits and cracks with small little circles. I was and may still modify the table to try out using a butterfly across the split.

I used a hand chisle to smooth the side of the slab because the walnut tree had laid on the forest gloor for a long time and most of the sap wood had rotted. So I used a chisle to peal off the rotten wood and get to solid wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#1 posted 04-06-2007 08:44 PM

Karson – nice project, especially incorporating so many FIRSTs. Mike

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#2 posted 04-06-2007 09:18 PM

I really like substantial, sculpture oriented pieces like this Karson. Beautiful job that turned out to be very educational for you to boot. Great stuff. Thanks for showing it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 04-07-2007 02:19 AM

Hi Karson;
—-now that is a slab of walnut!

Great wood piece, and again there’s a ‘live edge’.

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 04-07-2007 04:18 AM

it is really fun to find a piece of wood and use it as close as you can – as is – neat job some interesting innovations that I shall keep in mind. Schroeder and I have done a couple of benches like that – just graping pieces and figuring out how to join them up – that is truly fun

good job Karson

-- cronk, oregon

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#5 posted 04-07-2007 05:42 AM

trial and error, thats how we learn! great job!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#6 posted 04-07-2007 07:12 PM

It’s still a nice looking piece of walnut Karson, by the way the breadboard ends of that table,(Thorsen) are those just hollowed out pieces. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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