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Project by JeffL115 posted 536 days ago 1624 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a large slab coffee table that I made as a gift for Mother’s day. It is about 18 inches tall, 5 feet long and about 30 inches wide, on average. It is figured throughout with what looks to be curly, quilted and spalting. There also looks to be a small burl that was developing on the side of the table.

I used a biscuit joiner to add strength to the miter joints and also added a black walnut bow tie to support a crack one of the legs. This was my first time making anything from a natural edge slab. It is finished with boiled linseed oil and wax. I am thinking of removing the wax to add a finish with a higher gloss, since I think it would showcase the figure better than its current satin-like finish.





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WILLIE

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#1 posted 536 days ago

Good job, the gloss looks okay to me.
how did you do the biscuit joints?

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JeffL115

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#2 posted 536 days ago

The primary photo of the table shows its final luster. The close-up photos were taken just after the linseed oil had been applied, so it isn’t quite that glossy now.

I used my Porter Cable Plate joiner and set the fence to match the 45 degree miter cuts to make slots for the biscuits. I bought it specifically for this project and I had made all the cuts perfectly within ten minutes of opening the box and the joints are solid.

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BigMig

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#3 posted 536 days ago

Were you tempted to reinforce the joints with corner blocks or any added features beyond biscuits?

Beautiful work!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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JeffL115

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#4 posted 536 days ago

The slab is about 1.5 inches think, so there was plenty of surface area for the miters as well as the biscuits. I tested its sturdiness by having four people stand on it at once, rock solid.

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 536 days ago

Beautiful work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 536 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Ben

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#7 posted 535 days ago

Very elegant piece.

-- Do something nice for somebody

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#8 posted 535 days ago

Nice… love the natural edges and the simplicity of this piece. I bet it weighs a ton :)

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#9 posted 501 days ago

Now THAT is a coffee table! WOW!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 476 days ago

Nice job. I tried to do something similar with the “waterfall” continuous edge, and couldnt get my 45 angle to cut with a large skill saw…ended up doing something different with it. How did you cut the 45 degree??

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#11 posted 468 days ago

I cut the 45 degree miters with a circular saw since the slab was too cumbersome to put across my table saw. I clamped down a wooden fence for the circular saw to run against and made sure that the cuts were parallel.

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