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Project by ilyac posted 10-22-2014 03:22 AM 1392 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started with a pretty rough looking walnut slab, and ende up with (what I think) is a pretty decent looking coffee table.
The Slab:
I bought this walnut slab on craigslist, for a pretty good deal, likely because of how rough a shape it was in. it was about 4’ x 2’ x 3-4”

Working it down:
After looking at several router sled designs online here and elsewhere I built up a router sled big enough to hold the whole slab at once, and I was able to not only adjust the router bit on the sled, but could also drop the whole router tray as well. I used a DW618 and 1-3/4” Amana straight router bit (here). In the end the slab ended up being just under 3” thick.

The Legs:
I always liked the asthetic of wood and metal so I decide to use 3-rod hairpin legs (here) and routed out the bottom of the table to the leg’s mounting plate sat flush.

Finishing:
Again, appealing to the internet I found this article, and following the steps used used 4 coats of Watco Danish Oil (medium walnut), flooding the first coat and wet-sanding after, and then a final coat of paste wax (here)

Lessons Learned: – slow and steady when using the router plane…learned that one a few times – gain filler looks awful. or at least when I used it





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#1 posted 10-22-2014 05:27 AM

Great looking table. That was some job getting to the finished product. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 10-22-2014 02:18 PM

Looks great! Love the look of walnut for furniture.

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#3 posted 10-22-2014 04:49 PM

This slab was rip-cut out of a log by a sawyer with a chainsaw. They eye-balled it without any kind of jigs or supports and it looks like they did a pretty good job. My guess is that this walnut fell prey to the 1000 chancres disease which is ravaging walnuts throughout the country. The sawyer probably removed the tree and didn’t want it all to go to firewood or get landfilled. Very nice find!

Beautiful table and this is inspiring me to do something similar with the logs I have!

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