Live Edge Sofa Table

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Project by AllenD posted 05-25-2017 12:34 AM 1576 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this over the weekends in February and March 2017, the project was a giant leap of faith so many firsts… This was a handtool build outside using a thickness planer to clean the mill marks from the boards used on the base.

The design got its inspiration from chapter 9 of Paul Sellers Working Wood.

First time:
Shopping at Peach State lumber (or generally sourcing materials outside of Home Depot)
Working with walnut
Buying lumber by the board foot
Gasping in horror at the price of materials
Getting the “you’re in over your head” glare from the lumberyard
Cutting a mortise and tenon
Striving for perfection
Trying to make an heirloom quality piece
Using a mortise chisel
Tapering legs with a hand plane
Feeling a “don’t mess this up now” tension mounting as the project progressed
Being so intimidated by a stage of a project that I found excuses to avoid the shop
Being unable to make eye contact with the finished work feeling more like I’de lost a friend then I finished a project

-- - Allen (Marietta, GA) In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#1 posted 05-25-2017 01:11 AM

Allen, all that fussing, worrying and stress paid off. It’s a beautiful table and I bet your now considered amazing around the neighborhood. It’s fantastic.

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#2 posted 05-25-2017 01:13 AM

AllenD that looks great. And thanks for sharing your list of firsts. You did a fine job embracing them and coming out the other side ;) Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 05-25-2017 01:56 AM

Beautiful work. It’s a gorgeous piece of wood, and you crafted and finished it expertly.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 05-25-2017 01:57 AM

Nicely done!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#5 posted 05-25-2017 02:40 AM

Very nice work

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 05-25-2017 07:38 AM

beautiful work, wood is very nice i like it

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#7 posted 05-25-2017 11:50 AM

Beautiful natural edge table!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 05-25-2017 03:01 PM

Really looks great!

I can relate to the intimidation factor associated with expensive materials.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#9 posted 05-25-2017 03:45 PM

You did great. I know the feeling about whether I can do some of the things that I start or would like to try. Just take your time and think it through. I try to do something new every now and then. Some work better than expected others not so much. Keep up the good work.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#10 posted 05-25-2017 03:50 PM

This is a wonderful table. I love the wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 05-25-2017 07:16 PM

wood working is full of firsts and this project checked off quite a few did a great job on this,beautiful wood and construction.let me welcome you to lumber jocks,any help you need you will find it here,just ask and it will come.

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

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#12 posted 05-25-2017 09:19 PM

I love that slab—great choice, and nice work!

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#13 posted 05-25-2017 10:58 PM

Thanks for all the kind words and the warm welcome. I’ve been stalking the posts around here for awhile, untold Google searches have led me back here :)

-- - Allen (Marietta, GA) In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#14 posted 05-26-2017 02:41 AM

Nicely done! love the live edge tops, especially in walnut

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#15 posted 05-27-2017 03:27 AM

Really love your project! If you gasped at the cost of materials just wait til you shop anywhere else. I drive from Buford all the way around the perimeter to go to Peachstate. I pass at least 5 other suppliers going there. Good choice on the walnut! The fun part of woodworking for me is taking the approach that I can learn the skills to specifically build what I want….each project brings more skills…keep moving forward!

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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