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27' Live-Edge Elm Conference Table

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Project by rhett posted 12-11-2015 10:45 PM 2574 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got to deliver and set up this beast. The entire table is made from a single flitch of 10’ long elm, base and all. It weighs in at 1500 lbs. The top is six book-matched slabs, connected onsite with mechanical fasteners. This gives the 60” x 324” top some breathing room. Pith was cut out of center slabs, which left a decorative void. Got these wonderful slabs from Good Hope Hardwoods and couldn’t be happier with how they worked. His slabs sit for 5 seasons before being kiln dried, so most all movement is negated. Thanks for looking and happy woodworking!

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.





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#1 posted 12-11-2015 11:05 PM

Very beautiful.

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 11:10 PM

Light as a feather!

It looks good.

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#3 posted 12-11-2015 11:13 PM

Holy mackerel, what a beast! Nice work.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#4 posted 12-12-2015 12:37 AM

That was an epic build! Easily the biggest table I’ve seen but you did a spectacular job. How did you join the ends of the slabs together? No glue?

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

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#5 posted 12-12-2015 01:03 AM

Man that is a huge conference table! I like the simple base to really set off that gorgeous top!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" James Lawrence, CAPT, USN

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#6 posted 12-12-2015 01:27 AM

WOW…. just WOW….

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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#7 posted 12-12-2015 01:52 AM

She zammm That’s a big one, great job,I hope you have a big Job.

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#8 posted 12-12-2015 02:21 AM

I would be interested in how you joined the slab ends together, more photos please.

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#9 posted 12-12-2015 06:56 AM

Impressive!!!

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#10 posted 12-12-2015 10:33 AM

Outstanding and colosal table!

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#11 posted 12-12-2015 11:52 AM

I’m afraid I could not get that into my workshop/garage – and shut the door. Beautiful. Super sized table. Thanks for sharing.

-- DonB

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#12 posted 12-12-2015 12:04 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. In regards to attachment, there are zip bolts every 12” along all seams, with oversize routed channels for movement. There are also 10mm dominoes every 12”, staggered between the zip bolt channels to keep the tops level. All the joints are 1 degree back beveled, so they are tight when drawn closed.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#13 posted 12-12-2015 01:52 PM

looks great

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#14 posted 12-12-2015 02:37 PM

You did a fine job on this and it is quite impressive.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#15 posted 12-12-2015 03:21 PM

What a beautiful beast :)

i have to build table top from maple slab(s) 130” x 56”
client prefers single slab or two book-match slabs.
oxidized (grey) finish
I have a trouble finding this size slab(s)
If two slabs how to join them to avoid problems???

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