Live edge Walnut table .2

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Project by LarryB posted 02-25-2018 09:05 PM 1361 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend saw my other Walnut table and requested that I build her one, but not quite as long.
I’d recently obtained this gorgeous walnut live edge and knew right away that I’d use it for her table.

I’ve actually “floated” the top to allow for humidity changes. It is finished with brushed on satin Poly for durability.

I also have a slab of Sycamore that I plan to make into a similar table, but have never worked with this wood. Any suggestions?

Thanks for looking! Larry

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#1 posted 02-25-2018 11:06 PM

Very Nice! & Well done also Larry!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 02-25-2018 11:22 PM

Ive worked with scycamore before, Its a fairly easy working wood like maple. Just becareful because it likes to chip out.

-- John Darlington Sc

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#3 posted 02-26-2018 02:09 AM


-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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#4 posted 02-26-2018 02:41 AM

Very nicely done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 02-26-2018 06:55 AM

One of the nicest and most unique live edge designs I’ve ever seen.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 02-26-2018 11:10 AM

very nice. But how does one “float a top” and allow for expansion if the 4 legs restrain the top?

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#7 posted 02-26-2018 03:00 PM

michelle, great question.
I really liked the idea of the exposed legs protruding above the top, but was also aware that wood moves with climate / temp changes. Since it was summertime in Iowa (humid) when I built this, I figured the top would be fully expanded. In fitting the top, I allowed 1/8 inch gap between the top and inside of each leg. Dry humidity will possibly increase this gap, but not to the point of causing problems. On the underside, the top is supported on each end using ‘Z’ brackets which you can’t see, so here’s a photo of the bottom that better explains what I came up with. This is the same design I used on my earlier table which is about two years old now and we’ve had zero issues with it.
Hope this helps!

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#9 posted 02-26-2018 04:14 PM

Nice work Larry!

I like that method for “holding” live edges. It looks great, adapts to the irregular dimensions, and provides good support. I’ll have to give it a go sometime 8^)

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#10 posted 02-26-2018 05:50 PM

Another Iowa woodworker – excellent!!! I have to admit that I’m not generally a big fan of live edge but your design highlights the live edge and ties it together with the finely finished legs and stretchers. I like it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#11 posted 02-26-2018 10:45 PM

That’s an interesting slab table. The base design is great, and the edge details on the top are nice.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#12 posted 02-27-2018 05:35 AM

Great design and joinery. Live edge is very good contrast to modern lines of the rest of the table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 03-08-2018 02:43 AM

That’s a great looking table, the live edge sets it off.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#14 posted 04-05-2018 01:17 PM

That is a beautiful piece of furniture Larry. I am envious of your creativity and of course the final results. Superb!!!!

-- Mike

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