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Project by bobasaurus posted 08-29-2016 12:52 AM 2363 views 12 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished this live edge table with bookmatched walnut slabs. I’ve been working on it for nearly a year, it feels good to have it completed and sitting in my living room. It is my first large furniture project, and I’m not in a hurry to do another.

There are maple dovetail keys to keep the large cracks from spreading, and turquoise inlay in the knotholes and smaller cracks. The base is 8/4 walnut and maple. I plan on growing plants through the hole in the center of the top, there is a shelf for this purpose below it.

Finished with Arm-R-Seal (an equal mix of satin and gloss) over Waterlox Original. I gave up the Waterlox after a number of blushing and pooling problems.

I was only able to complete this thanks to my woodworking friend Kurt. His drum sander saved me after about 10 hours of hand planing only got me through one face.

Here is the full build album: http://imgur.com/a/DHttO

A few highlights:

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)





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johnhutchinson

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 01:32 AM

I have one just like it … only A LOT different. :-)

It’s magnificent !!!
Gives a whole new meaning to book match.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Grumpy

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#2 posted 08-29-2016 01:49 AM

Excellent job, very pleasing to the eye Bob.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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pottz

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#3 posted 08-29-2016 01:57 AM

dude dont say that get back on that wood working horse and create another.awesome job bro this thing rocks,hey you learned a lot right now use it and make another only better.so go get shit faced wake up and plan the next project,ill be looking,fantastic job.

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

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rtbrmb

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#4 posted 08-29-2016 02:37 AM

Every aspect of this project is awesome. I especially like the sapwood/heartwood combination.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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deon

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#5 posted 08-29-2016 04:15 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 08-29-2016 05:41 AM

Bravo!! Great job, Allen.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 08-29-2016 08:56 AM

Very artistic. Love the turquoise inserts.

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majuvla

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#8 posted 08-29-2016 09:29 AM

Besides excellent live edge top, leg set is autstanding with all those elements – joinery,shape and dovels.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Bud_3

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#9 posted 08-29-2016 09:46 AM

One of the best,congratulations!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#10 posted 08-29-2016 11:34 AM

I see a serious flaw in this table. It isn’t in my house.

Super nice.

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#11 posted 08-29-2016 12:35 PM

beautiful

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#12 posted 08-29-2016 01:08 PM

Looks like really nice execution and build quality. Hguoht tnerehocni ytterp skool ngised.

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#13 posted 08-29-2016 01:33 PM

great looking table.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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LarryB

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#14 posted 08-29-2016 02:38 PM

I can only concur with the rest of the guys: this one is worth every ounce of work you’ve put into it!

You’ve set the bar a bunch higher for many of us. I like how the massive legs flow into the very ‘natural’ nature of the wood. You’ve let the wood speak for itself. Very Well Done!

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#15 posted 08-29-2016 04:01 PM

Bob, that is a very good looking slab table. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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