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Pecan Slab Table with Steel Powder Coated Base

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Project by MikeyCZ posted 04-27-2018 03:23 PM 1103 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a slab table commissioned by a restaurant in Fort Worth Texas. It was a challenge to say the least. For the size table they spec’ed the slabs were running around $6,000 (that’s with my discount) for the slab alone. The owner didn’t have it in the budget so I found a small saw mill that had some Pecan slabs for less than half the price. Only problem was they weren’t in the best condition and had considerable rot and punky areas. The client has been good to me over the years so I gave him a good deal that in retrospect (like always) turned out to be one of those projects that didn’t make me a great deal of money but it is still a project I’m very proud of.

I was working by myself at the time and the slab was so large (about 12’ long by 4’-5’ wide in areas) I had to build a gantry crane just so I could move it around to work on it. I also built a larger slab flattening jig because the last one I built was too small. I ended up flattening it about three times as it cup and move after each time. Luckily I had plenty of time to work with.

We ended up going thru about 6-7 gallons of epoxy which is not cheap. If any of you have ever used West System Epoxy you know! The soft spots in the slab just kept soaking it up! Although I’d used epoxy many times before on other projects, a large slab like this was a whole different ball game.

This was also my first time using Target coatings Emtech Waterborne Conversion Varnish. The customer service was amazing. The owner was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions when I had issues. There was a bit of a learning curve spraying water borne as opposed to oil based and to make matters worse, it was about 20-30 degrees at the time. I have a designated finish room that I heated but I think the temp caused some issues and made getting a good finish difficult. I’ve used the same finish since then in warm weather and had none of the issues I did with this one. I finished with around 10 thin coats of CV and let it cure for 6 days and rubbed out a beautiful satin finish that I was extremely pleased with. In the end it’s the challenging projects that drive you crazy that always seem to be the ones that you are most proud of. Thanks for looking!

Mike





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rtbrmb

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#1 posted 04-27-2018 04:13 PM

great work with that awesome slab of wood- i would like to get some pecan to work with someday.

this project deserves to have upright pictures so I flipped a few for you

thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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MikeyCZ

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#2 posted 04-27-2018 04:21 PM

Ha! Thanks Bill. I couldn’t figure out how to flip them when posting. Appreciate it!

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XrayJay

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#3 posted 04-27-2018 07:22 PM

I’ve never done a slab but I’ve been in the middle of trying to help a friend and doing it cheaply, so I feel your pain just a little. I know the slab must have been very difficult to work with but your piece screams character that I don’t believe a “nicer” more expensive slab would have. It’s beautiful. Great job!

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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MikeyCZ

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#4 posted 04-27-2018 08:58 PM

Thanks Xray-Jay. There was plenty of character in this slab, that’s for sure. There was a spot that looked kinda like a bullet hole but I didn’t find anything to pry out, just a weird ring and black mark.

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#5 posted 04-27-2018 11:15 PM

That’s an amazing piece of wood. You really did it justice

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#6 posted 04-27-2018 11:27 PM

That is one big —- chunk of wood. It turned out great though. Excellent job.

-- MEL, Kansas

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 04-27-2018 11:48 PM

Really nice work on that slab. A slab of wood would seem to be something easy to work (not considering the size of course), but the wood itself is unlike surfaced lumber or even rough cut boards, even after it’s flattened. I’m finding out slabs have their own unique issues and hidden flaws that throw curveballs that, at least for me, are totally unexpected.

Great job! It’s beautifully preserved and enhanced. I’m sure your customer is more than happy with the results.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 04-28-2018 03:38 AM

Awesome looking slab, and you took it from rough to spectacular along your journey. Sounds like you did a lot of firsts too, which only leads to more knowledge, and better work down the road. All that said I am most impressed with what you said about being good to a customer who has been there for you. That is the blueprint of success, no matter the work you do. Hard times or good you’ll always have their work to do, and that word of mouth is the best advertising you can get.

Thanks for sharing, and good luck going forward.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 04-28-2018 04:25 AM

Wow. That is an amazing piece of wood and great jumps you had to go through to get it to the finished product… which looks amazing. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Andrek

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#10 posted 04-28-2018 09:48 AM

It must take a lot of skills and a lot of courage to realize something like that, but this is ’’IMPRESSIVE’’ to say the least.
Bravo, and thank you for showing such a gorgeous piece of wood.

-- andrek

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#11 posted 04-28-2018 11:06 AM

That is a beautiful slab and a wonderful base. They work very well together.

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

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#12 posted 04-28-2018 03:01 PM

That was a truly heroic project, and the results are beautiful.

-- Ron Stewart

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#13 posted 04-29-2018 03:25 AM

It’s easy to see why this got a top three as it is a really outstanding piece!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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MikeyCZ

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#14 posted 04-30-2018 02:23 PM

Wow! Thank you all for the kind words! I really appreciate it! Love the camaraderie on here. I’ll try to post more projects in the future when I find the time. A lot of projects in the works now. Time to get back at it! Thanks again!

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#15 posted 05-02-2018 11:56 PM

Super nice! Huge piece to work with! I’m sure makes a beautiful addition to your home.

-- tel

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