Dining room table

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Project by phil colleran posted 02-07-2011 08:15 PM 2990 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


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#1 posted 02-07-2011 09:05 PM

Simple, yet beautiful. What type of finish did you use?

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 09:07 PM

Love it! that came out REALLY nice. and i actually quite enjoy the fact that you decided not to do the dovetail keys to join it. Though they’d look nice, i’m growing tired of seeing such a “detail”.

Nice work!

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 09:30 PM

I think you made all the right choices in letting the beauty of these slabs speak for itself.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 10:38 PM

Love the bookmatch… crotch…. x shaped of the slabs… Everything is great

One question though, why didn’t you glue them together? I agree the butterfly’s would’ve distracted it a little but no reason not to glue together, no?

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 11:38 PM

Many thanks for your kind words.
I used linseed oil (two coats rubbed out with steel wool) then high gloss poly cut 50% with mineral spirits (two coats), then wipe on satin poly, then wax.
I didn’t glue the pieces together because it’s 4×8 feet and better suited to holiday parties. I imagine I’ll store it for that purpose after the initial thrill of having completed it wears off.


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#6 posted 02-08-2011 12:57 AM

That’s really contrasting against the huge amount of snow you’ve got outside. The grain is wonderful, nice choice avoiding the distracting dovetails :)

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#7 posted 02-08-2011 03:49 AM

Beautiful table , but that’s one heck of a glue line running down the middle of it !!! LOL
The finish is gorgeous !
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#8 posted 02-08-2011 07:14 PM

I am very interested in trying a project like this in the future. How did you get the large slabs? did you cut them yourself, or purchase them somewhere? How thick is the slab?

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#9 posted 02-08-2011 07:51 PM

Wonderful job in keeping it simple so that those 2-slabs of gorgeous walnut are aloud to speak for themselves. The inward curve is a nice touch as well.

Very nice!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 02-08-2011 10:36 PM

Very nice table with the walnut slabs and the nice bench. I was wondering what kind of wood the bench was made out of.

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#11 posted 02-09-2011 09:44 PM

that top is great

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