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Project by justgrif posted 02-16-2016 10:38 PM 1477 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I snagged the slab along with a couple others at my local lumber dealer for scrap price (It’s a cutoff from a larger slab.) Base and key are quarter sawn white oak that I had lying around. This was a great first slab project, inspired by seeing a couple of George Nakashima’s pieces in Manhattan a couple months ago.

Finish is a homemade “Maloof” mix: 1/3 BLO, 1/3 Mineral Spirits, 1/3 Wiping Poly with a couple layers of pure wiping poly over top.





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#1 posted 02-16-2016 10:46 PM

scrap! ones mans scrap is my prize or shall i say yours,nice score on this one.big nakashima fan myself you would have made him proud of this one.i love live edge tables and nice job on the bow tie.i am assuming walnut ?.what finish did you use,i like the satin, high gloss just kills a slab like this.5 stars on this my friend.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 02-16-2016 10:49 PM

i see you answered my question while i was posting.thats a great finish i use on almost all my furniture lets the true essence of the wood come out.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 02-16-2016 11:11 PM

Yeah, some guys like to get very technical with finishing. I might evolve to that myself someday, but for now, the Maloof works really nicely, especially for things that don’t need a glassy shine.

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#4 posted 02-16-2016 11:11 PM

And would you believe I got the top for only 30 bucks?

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#5 posted 02-16-2016 11:31 PM

who ever sold you that slab did not know what they had,slabs like that usually go for 10 times that price,tell them whenever they have scrap to dispose of to call you first.im a big lover of maloof style having been to his former home a couple times and takin tours by one the boys-larry white, that was all he used his whole career and it held up great.and its so easy to use.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 02-17-2016 12:15 AM

That is really beautiful. Sure wish I could find some scrap like that!

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#7 posted 02-17-2016 12:39 AM

Great looking Nakashima coffee table—love the live edge slab!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 02-17-2016 12:51 AM

You proved the old saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. I have a walnut slab with some ant sculpting on one end just like your tabletop. I like the base you made as it fits this slab perfectly. And bowties are always good!

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

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#9 posted 02-17-2016 02:48 PM

beautiful piece

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#10 posted 02-17-2016 02:59 PM

Beautiful table! How did you flatten it?

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#11 posted 02-17-2016 03:38 PM



Beautiful table! How did you flatten it?

- ravensrock

It was pretty flat to begin with. Not much warp or anything like that. I gave it a standard going over with a #7, #5 and #4 and some work with a card scraper and random orbit sander.

I have another one I’m working on that has a bit of twist and I’m going to flatten that one with a router sled…basically a version of Nick Offerman’s current jig design.

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#12 posted 02-17-2016 03:45 PM

That is a beautiful table. The wood is fabulous.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#13 posted 02-17-2016 06:26 PM

That looks really great. I like the base design a lot, too. Is the top attached with bolts through slots in the base?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#14 posted 02-17-2016 06:29 PM

Yep, the top is screwed on.

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#15 posted 02-17-2016 10:49 PM

Grif, you did a wonderful job with this slab. I’m curious as to the overall dimensions. I have a slab that I will attack in another month or so.

-- Art

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