|Project by phil colleran||posted 02-07-2011 08:15 PM||2763 views||13 times favorited||11 comments|
I considered dovetail keys to join these book-matched walnut slabs but decided they would be a distraction. The two pieces are simply butted together with an eighth inch gap and fastened to the base assembly. I removed the bark with a draw knife, faired the “live” edges, and squared off the ends with a circular saw and straightedge. The base is not my design. I had seen the assembly on other live edge furniture and decided to fab it up with 2”x4” hot rolled steel tube joined with two (2) angles on the underside. It was my first welding project. Hats off to Stephen Christena, a Chicago metal scultor who provided an excellent primer on MIG welding basics.