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Project by jcsterling posted 08-29-2015 12:04 PM 1279 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is not every day that you have access to a single slab of wood 52” wide so when i saw this piece several months ago i knew i had to buy it for my lumber stash. The piece was riddled with character issues …ants had their way with the tree, bark inclusions, hardware , and lead slugs. So with lots of help i loaded it in the van and off i went. With a an upcoming show i decided i need to make a statement so with no plan i dove into cleaning the slab up. I filled some of the ant holes with epoxy, filled a bark inclusion with a pool of soapstone, the punky areas i reenforced with ca glue, and cracks were spanned with dovetails. My original plan was to have a contrasting wood base but i didn’t have enough material so i dug out a narrow maple slab from the stash and flattened and rough sanded that for the base. I still have some work to do but here it is so far….table top is 6’ x 52” ( narrow end is 40” )

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776





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#1 posted 08-29-2015 12:24 PM

THAT is a beautiful table top ! WOW.
I think what I like about live edge is: Its one of a kind !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 08-29-2015 01:19 PM

Beautiful piece, you did it justice

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 08-29-2015 01:47 PM

nice looking build

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#4 posted 08-29-2015 05:48 PM

John,

I’d place this table close to the top of my favorites that you’ve made. Nice balance of color ,form and movement through the piece. Did you cut it yourself? Is it kiln dried? How do you adjust for movement in the slab, or do your customers understand that’s the nature of the wood?

Oh yeah I’d kill for that top! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 08-29-2015 11:25 PM

well doc, if you had this top , You would be dead by now, cuz i want it worse than you do,,,,HAHA…..John i love this top, and the legs are great also, its going to be a killer table when it is done…yes its a terrific table top and i would love to have this in my home…ive got to find a different table for my house….and if i was close enough i think i could trade you enough walnut for the table,

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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jcsterling

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#6 posted 08-30-2015 01:11 PM

Thanks folks. Grizz and doc i would be glad to ship it to you!

Doc, i did not cut the slab myself and it was kiln dried. There are 3 more similar slabs from this tree . Movement of the slab legs will be about the same as the expansion/contraction movement of the top. Top is indexed to the base using 10mm dominoes. Then the top is bolted to the cross braces on the underside.

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#7 posted 08-30-2015 08:14 PM

Have you experienced any twisting with kiln dried slabs?

John, I don’t believe I could afford it. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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jcsterling

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#8 posted 08-30-2015 09:44 PM

This thing was twisted and cupped but oncei got it flat it should remain so.

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#9 posted 09-03-2015 02:37 AM

That is phenomenal. Fantastic job!

-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#10 posted 09-04-2015 12:16 PM

Lovely! I have an oak slab a similar length but a bit narrower than this in storage just now. Desperate to do something with it! Just don’t know what yet.

Great job,

Thanks,

Garry

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garry-Macdonald-Woodwork/425518554215355?ref=hl

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