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Project by Michael posted 03-30-2012 08:14 AM 6339 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sycamore Slab Waterfall Coffee Table / Bench

I’ve been wanting to make this table since I was given this slab. After spending the better part of two days planing it with a trim router, building the table wasn’t too difficult. The waterfall leg is attached with three loose tenons (Festool Dominos) and the other leg is mortise and tenon. Both are set with a two part epoxy. The finish is teak oil. There is a lot of burl and figure throughout this piece, Mother Nature put a lot of work into this one.

-- ~Michael,

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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 03-30-2012 10:38 AM

I like the title.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#2 posted 03-30-2012 10:43 AM

Great! i’ve got a few campher slabs waiting and might steal your idea. the 45degree cut might be a problem for me.

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#3 posted 03-30-2012 10:44 AM

I really like this one.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-30-2012 10:54 AM

The 45 degree cut was a problem for me, too. There was no way I would be able to keep the slab straight as I pushed it through my table saw (assuming I could get the slab on the table) and the slab was too wide for my miter saw. My circular saw could only cut about 80% of the thickness of the slab and there was no way I was going to plane this anymore. So I made the 80% cut with the circular track saw, flipped it over and cut the other 20% as close as I could. Then I cleaned up the difference. It worked out okay in the end with the epoxy filling in where I wasn’t perfect.

-- ~Michael,

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#5 posted 03-30-2012 12:10 PM

That’s really cool. The idea of a waterfall makes this table come alive.

Thanks for posting this!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#6 posted 03-30-2012 12:59 PM

The waterfall idea really makes great use of the sycamore slab. Great idea and great result.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 03-30-2012 01:15 PM

Your table looks fantastic. I’m still impressed with your trim router surfacing sled. “I use a 2 1/4 hp router with a 3/4 flat bit and it only takes 15 to 30 minutes to flatten a slab. Then a few passes with a belt sander to remove the shadow lines the router leaves. (You can see the marks, but you can’t feel them.) Then I start with 120grit and work up to 320 and start wet sanding with tung oil and extra fine stainless steel wool. Your beautiful bench makes me want to go build one today! Thanks for sharing your bench with everyone.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 03-30-2012 01:46 PM

Awesome table !!

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#9 posted 03-30-2012 02:57 PM


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#10 posted 03-30-2012 04:31 PM

very nice. I haven’t seen a table made this way before.

That’s a lot of sanding, and the result is stunning.

-- -- Don from PA

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#11 posted 03-30-2012 04:38 PM

like your work I got some slab wood that 21/2 in thick you got me making one now lol

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#12 posted 03-30-2012 09:11 PM

Very unique and cool

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#13 posted 03-31-2012 05:24 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#14 posted 03-31-2012 08:35 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks For posting!

-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#15 posted 03-31-2012 10:45 AM

Beautiful job and I also liked the surfacing sled/table you made to use on this.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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