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Project by gfadvm posted 11-02-2012 12:11 AM 3310 views 6 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A veterinarian friend gave me several nice pieces of walnut after I worked on his horse and wouldn’t let him pay me. This slab really wanted to be a live edge table so I tried to let the wood design the shape of the table and shelf. Dimensions: 51”long x 21” wide x 20” tall. Finished with BLO followed by several coats of Spar Urethane wiped on. My photos really distorted the color and I tried all the tricks I knew to get better pics. Also I’d like some input on the “gussets” under the top and shelf. The shelf was a lot of sapwood with some heartwood near the wide end. I was very pleased with the end result but not with the pics. I’ll post a couple more to see if the color is better.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm





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gfadvm

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 12:14 AM


Not sure if these are any better but that’s as good as it gets today!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 11-02-2012 12:19 AM

Great looking table, Andy! I always wanted to try a project like that. Good job!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#3 posted 11-02-2012 12:22 AM

WOW andy

you sure are taking to this woodworking
like a horse to apples

sweet build

don’t worry to much about the pics
even in the best conditions
our cameras look at things differently
than we do

nice table

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 11-02-2012 12:32 AM

I’m impressed with the table but was confused as to why you would be working on a veterinarian’s horse… then I remembered you are an equine vet!

Either way the shelf under the main table top is really cool! Wish I could offer more…

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#5 posted 11-02-2012 12:48 AM

That is one really nice table Andy. I know what you mean about trying to get realistic photos. Regardless of the photos the table looks great.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#6 posted 11-02-2012 12:56 AM

cool design, like the double deck and leg arrangement

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#7 posted 11-02-2012 01:01 AM

Now thats thinking outside the box!

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#8 posted 11-02-2012 01:13 AM

man, your cracking out projects fast. and they’re all amazing

-- Joel

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#9 posted 11-02-2012 01:27 AM

i really want to get some walnut. beautiful job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 11-02-2012 01:34 AM

your a lucky guy to be given some beautiful walnut, you did the right thing with it and made a beautiful piece.

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#11 posted 11-02-2012 01:35 AM

Looks great Andy. Rustic with class and style.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#12 posted 11-02-2012 01:41 AM

Andy, I really like anything done with a slab & or live edge lumber. This one is a masterpiece, keep it up!!!!! Great Great design. I have a bookmatched walnut slab for a table to do this winter but still ponderin excactly how I am going to do the pedestals/legs.

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#13 posted 11-02-2012 02:05 AM

Andy, the table looks great. I love the design of the legs and the use of the shelf. Did you use regular dowels through the top or are they miller dowels? The legs have the look and feel of George Nakashima. They give it the sort of a modern feel while still featuring the beauty of the wood.

Tim

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#14 posted 11-02-2012 03:03 AM

Tim, I don’t know what a miller dowel is but at any rate these are plugs covering the 3” deck screws! I didn’t want any wobble and decided screws would draw things together tighter than dowels. The leg on the wide end is attached to the shelf the same way. I hated doing it this way but sometimes ya gotta compromise yer principles! Thanks everyone for the interest and comments (but no one has said anything about the ‘gussets’).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 11-02-2012 03:08 AM

I have never been a fan of live edge furniture, not even Nakashima’s. But I got to say I do like yours, it has a sort of harmony that worked really well. You chose very well the supports and the gussets do add an elemnt of design not often seen. Well done!

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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