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Project by CerberusWoodCo posted 04-20-2016 08:04 PM 1812 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were commissioned to build a bathroom vanity for a family, and they wanted to use some old hickory that they had milled from their farm and had been storing in one of their barn lofts. Aside from the fact that looking for wood in an old barn has a certain fun, nostalgic factor to it, it’s always interesting to look around and see what else you can find. I saw a huge oak slab that looked like it had been sitting there for many years. A friend of mine had asked a while back if I could make a live edge bar for them. I, of course, said yes, but told them we would have to search for a slab that would work. This one was perfect, 2 inches thick, over 8 feet long, and beautiful grain patterns. I immediately offered to buy the slab, took it home, and started figuring out to work with something like this.

I found some plans for a router sled jig, built it, and it worked out great for this project. They also really wanted a metal base to go on the bottom of their table, but I’ve never welded and my business partner hasn’t since he was a kid. We quickly learned, bought the metal, welded, polished, epoxied the holes in the table, sanded, finished, and the first oak live edge bar table was born! This was really three projects in one. We’re very excited to now be able to work with slabs, and have the ability to make metal bases as an option for products.





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#1 posted 04-20-2016 10:37 PM

i think its time too start looking in old barns.man that is a stunning slab of wood,you made it sing,great job.

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

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#2 posted 04-20-2016 11:39 PM

That’s a beautiful slab! I’ll bet your friend is thrilled with it!

-- Dean

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#3 posted 04-21-2016 01:09 PM

Great work there. Stunning piece of furniture! What did you do for a finish?

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#4 posted 04-21-2016 03:19 PM

This looks very nice. That’s a beautiful top.

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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#5 posted 04-21-2016 04:04 PM

I sealed it with Arm-R-Seal seal a cell and then did 4 goats of their semi-gloss


Great work there. Stunning piece of furniture! What did you do for a finish?

- FishCraft


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#6 posted 08-18-2016 12:47 AM

That’s really nice! I’m getting ready to make a similar table with a walnut slab and may have to think about a metal base like this. I’m wondering what keeps the table from racking from side to side. Is there some other structure underneath besides the metal legs?

Jim

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#7 posted 08-18-2016 02:38 PM

This one just has the two metal legs on it, but on some tables we use stretchers if stability is needed. We attached with lag bolts, and the side to side movement was minimal.


That s really nice! I m getting ready to make a similar table with a walnut slab and may have to think about a metal base like this. I m wondering what keeps the table from racking from side to side. Is there some other structure underneath besides the metal legs?

Jim

- DoctorJ


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