|Project by ilyac||posted 10-22-2014 03:22 AM||1417 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
I started with a pretty rough looking walnut slab, and ende up with (what I think) is a pretty decent looking coffee table.
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.
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.
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