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Live Edge Cherry and Walnut Coffee Table with Waterfall Leg

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Project by CharlesA posted 08-31-2014 12:30 AM 1671 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table is a wedding gift for a friend. I did a 12-part blog if you want lots of details. The table was my daughter’s idea, and she did some of the work on it, including cutting out the mortises by hand with chisels.

A few notes:

1) slab was flattened using a router jig (see blog #1)
2) We wanted the walnut leg and shelf to contrast with the cherry. We used a three part process: transtint dye, shellac, oil stain. I love the way it came out. (blog #7) Because of this coloring process, we had to do the three-part process before glue up.
3) The biggest challenge was the cut and joinery of the waterfall leg. I obsessed over this and it turned out pretty well. I ended up using a hidden multiple spline joint (blogs #4-10)
4) Finished with about 6 coats of Arm-R-Seal. The first 2 coats were gloss, because it is easier to work with, satin after that. The final three coats were thinned, so it was more like 3-4 coats.
5) if you want to see other views of the finished project, see blog #12

Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to know about the build.

-- "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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gfadvm

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#1 posted 08-31-2014 01:29 AM

These pics are better than the blog pics but I still think it turned out super! And that cherry will get prettier as it ages.

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

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CharlesA

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 01:31 AM

Thanks, again. I take pictures in a hurry—my wife and daughter are much better at thinking them through.

-- "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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#3 posted 08-31-2014 02:28 AM

I have just one question. i have gotta know how you kept the cherry slab from checking? I have never had a piece of air dried cherry that didnt split and check or bow so badly it was unusable. what’s your secret?

beautiful table by the way. not too many things more beautiful than natural cherry.

-- Gridlockd

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CharlesA

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#4 posted 08-31-2014 02:32 AM

This piece was kiln dried and purchased from a sawmill: McInturf in Lawrenceburg KY. I had started with a couple of (cheap) air dried cherry slabs, but I decided they were not interesting enough looking for this project. Crossing my fingers that it will stay that way.

-- "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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whitebeast88

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#5 posted 08-31-2014 11:56 AM

beautiful,love the live edge.the friend will love it as a gift.
awesome that your daughter is taking an interest in wwing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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CharlesA

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#6 posted 08-31-2014 12:43 PM

Thanks. In addition to dyeing the walnut and the mortises, she set the basic design and dimensions.

-- "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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#7 posted 08-31-2014 01:08 PM

Beautiful and a great wedding gift.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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CharlesA

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#8 posted 08-31-2014 08:56 PM

BTW, thanks to all the LJs who helped me think through this project in these threads:

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/62353
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/62675
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/58638

Couldn’t have done it without you.

-- "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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ashe

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#9 posted 09-01-2014 11:03 AM

nice work!wish i had more tools to do some projects like this!

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#10 posted 09-01-2014 03:39 PM

Charles,

Nice table and very informative write up in your blogs. Thanks for sharing!

Greg

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#11 posted 09-01-2014 04:16 PM

Nice work and beautiful wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 09-03-2014 10:31 PM

Thanks very much for a very thorough (sp?) blogging of this project. I’ve learned a thing or two. I have plenty of thin (7/8”) live edge cherry – though only 12-13” wide. I might attempt (sometime) a smaller version of this kind of thing.

-Paul

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CharlesA

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#13 posted 09-03-2014 10:32 PM

You’re welcome, Paul.

-- "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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#14 posted 09-12-2014 03:34 AM

Sweet, I’m going to check out the blog next

Very cool design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 10-02-2014 07:09 PM

That’s a sweet table Charles, that cherry looks a bit like Mesquite, I’m in the works of building a coffee table myself out of live edge Mesquite.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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