Live-edge walnut table

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Project by 502flier posted 04-01-2017 03:30 AM 1068 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table for my son for Christmas. It was a narrow 10’ x 2” thick slab of walnut with one live edge, so I chopped it in half, added a centre section and ended up with a live edge on both sides. Rather than use posts for the legs, I used 1×6 walnut and hand-dovetailed the joints. I gradually increased the size of the dovetails as they approached the centre of the legs, however not enough to make the change very obvious (poor planning). I wanted to definitely show that they weren’t machine-made, but kinda failed on that one.

There are some metal fasteners in the table (I typically try to use as little metal as possible, but, for ease of disassembly for moving, bolts were necessary). A walnut 2×6 joins the legs together and I added bamboo outriggers for support. The bamboo was also used to carry the theme over from a walnut grandfather clock I built him a few years ago. The table is finished in 5 coats of lacquer.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#1 posted 03-24-2017 03:03 AM

Fantastic table. Design and build are both excellent.

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#2 posted 03-24-2017 11:21 PM

Like this guy…

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#3 posted 03-25-2017 02:23 PM

great build

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#4 posted 03-25-2017 11:32 PM

that table is just beautiful,and I especially like that dovetail on the legs areal nice touch,but I gotta give my honest opinion and say the bamboo just doesn’t fit,it just looks out of place,would be much better without it.otherwise fantastic build.

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

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#5 posted 03-27-2017 05:03 PM

Thanks for the comments, guys.
Pottz – I appreciate your opinion – I wanted to use something other than the walnut for supports between the legs. The idea was to add an interesting and unexpected detail that was also functional. I decided on the bamboo simply because it followed the theme of the clock I had built him earlier on. The two pieces share the dining room, so they tie together and are unmistakably related.
I don’t consider myself particularly artistic, and that is painfully evident in some of the stuff that I put together.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#6 posted 03-30-2017 02:02 AM

Absolutely love the dovetails. If you are like me that first coat of finish on the walnut makes it all worthwhile. Nice work.

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#7 posted 04-01-2017 06:09 PM

Yes, that first coat is always awesome! That’s why I enclosed a pic of the first half covered.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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