Live edge walnut sofa table

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Project by Nwdesigns posted 03-02-2016 05:37 PM 1591 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up some walnut slabs the other day. I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do with them, however it didn’t take long to envision a sofa table. I hadn’t planned on doing any inlays but after cutting to length, it was apparent that the cracks needed to be stabilized more than I thought epoxy would do. I used maple for the butterflies and just cut patterns out of paper then transferred the final shape and size to the maple stock.

I really enjoyed working on this as it gave me a chance to combine steel and wood in one project. I finished the top with about a 2.5 pound cut of shellac wet sanded to 1500 then a couple coats of paste wax. After welding the legs, I cleaned the steel with a solvent, rubbed it with a maroon pad, then used a couple coats of rattle can semi gloss lacquer to keep the steel from rusting.

Looking forward to finding other projects for the rest of my slabs.

I am donating this table to our church for the youth group’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook off and Auction this Saturday March 6th at Overland Park Church of the Nazarene in Overland Park, KS at 6:00 PM. If you’re interested in taking this table home, come join us for a fun evening!

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#1 posted 03-02-2016 05:53 PM

It realy looks awesome this piece of nature touched by your hand.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-02-2016 05:55 PM

man this is awesome i love it,normally not a big fan of metal but in this case it works.also love live edge furniture,great job and welcome to the site ill be looking for you.

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

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#3 posted 03-02-2016 07:05 PM

This table is a beautiful piece. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#4 posted 03-02-2016 07:42 PM

Thanks for the comments. I have to admit, at first I thought “whats the big deal” just plop a hunk of the slab through the planer, sand it, and you’re good to go. Not quite that easy. This was my first time working with a live edge and even attaching the legs, you rely on your eyeball to make it look right as there isn’t much to measure from!

Thanks for the well wishes, been looking around the site for a while but recently started posting my work.

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#5 posted 03-02-2016 08:13 PM

That is a really beautiful table.

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#6 posted 03-02-2016 09:43 PM

Very nice.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

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

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#7 posted 03-02-2016 10:35 PM

Sweet! The beauty of natural wood can’t be beat, and this table really accentuates this walnut board in a fantastic manner. Job well done.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 03-03-2016 01:03 AM

That’s a great looking sofa table! I love the live edge, the butterflies are well done and not over done, and the metal base really works well with this table!

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

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#9 posted 03-03-2016 01:11 AM

Very tastefully done! The metal legs put the focus on the slab. Your bowties are functional and decorative.

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

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#10 posted 03-03-2016 01:36 AM

Very nice

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#11 posted 03-03-2016 02:54 PM

looks great

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#12 posted 03-03-2016 05:20 PM

Great job! Butterflies really add to it and turned out nice.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#13 posted 03-03-2016 08:59 PM

Great job, I love doing inlays & butterfly’s Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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