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Project by Habbo posted 04-23-2012 01:19 AM 2159 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I owned a timber furniture business for many years using timber slabs up to 4 inches thick to make very solid tables and benches, mainly for public use. However I also had lots of customers wanted dining tables made out of timber slabs. Not being a trained wood worker I used to love preparing the table top but had all sorts of difficulty getting the legs right. Either the slab wasn’t milled strait or it warped as it dried, or just ensuring the heavy table didn’t wobble, there was always a problem.
After I sold the business I decided to solve that problem by designing cast aluminum table legs with height adjustable feet and a large fixing surface that just screwed onto the underside of the slab. It’s a pretty limited market, but for people with access to timber slabs, these legs are just the thing for quickly whipping up a solid and unique table.





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WoodLe

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 01:38 AM

Welcome to lumberjocks!

-- www.largewoodslabs.com Wooster, Ohio

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 02:11 AM

That’s a beautiful slab table, great work.

Welcome to LJ’s, it’s good to have you here.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 07:29 AM

Nice work I like the table where do you get slabs like this.

Chris

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 02:17 PM

I know all too well the trouble you had trying to get legs all to make contact at the same time. A small twist, warp, or whatever imperfection on a thick slab is hard to deal with. You can’t just pass it through a jointer or thickness planer to flatten it. Height adjustable legs are one way of deal with it. The other is to shim the frame that attaches to the top. You’ll never see the shims unless you’re under the table (probably won’t see them then either if you trim them right).

Good work.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 02:24 PM

Welcome to Ljs
Your tables look very nice .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 04-23-2012 05:03 PM

I agree with everyone else here in saying that you created a beautiful tabe and the legs look great. Where are you selling the legs at incase I ever want to purchase some? Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#7 posted 04-23-2012 05:32 PM

Who is that masked man? Thank you for your entry. Very nice.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Habbo

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#8 posted 04-23-2012 10:34 PM

Thanks for the feedback on the table.
The timber slab is what we in NZ call Macrocarpa, which is actually Monterey Cypruss – with the species being introduced to NZ in the early days for use as shelter belts. Now the farmers are cutting them down and they slab up pretty good. It’s quite a soft wood, hard enough for table tops but forgiving on the tools. There are quite a few small sawmills cutting them up for use as decorative timber, furniture and post and beams.
The table legs are my own design and I sell them through my website tablemaker.co.nz

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#9 posted 05-14-2012 10:49 PM

one shot seems to be of you selectively finishing the knots. what is your technique?

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Habbo

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#10 posted 05-15-2012 01:58 AM

I pour clear two pot resin into the cracks and sand the excess back once the resin has set. Sometimes needs a couple of goes.

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