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Project by neverstoplearnin posted 04-29-2013 03:16 AM 2029 views 12 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Jocks this is a piece I have been very excited about posting. This is a Pecan Slab Coffee Table that my wife asked me to make. I was cruising through the site a few weeks ago and checking out some of the slab work that others have done and my wife fell in love with the style and asked if I could do that. So in true woodworker form I said yep and went to see my wood guy. He had two book matched slabs that were exactly what I was looking for and they only cost me $30 for both. I brought them home and went right to work. I built a huge router sled and leveled the top and on the bottom, so as to not lose to much thickness I just mortised out were my legs would go. I took the other slab and cut it up to make the legs, feet and stretcher piece for the base. Everything is glued and screwed together. All of my screw holes I plugged with walnut and made all of my bow ties with walnut also. This project offered a lot of first time experiences for me. Working with slabs, making bow ties, and HVLP spraying the finish. The two heart inlay was for my wife. It was just a little touch I added for her. I did it at night after she went to bed so I could show her the finished inlay the next morning and she loved it. O yeah that was another first. I had never up to that point done any free hand inlays but after watching a woodwhisperer video on it I felt like I was up for it. It turn out ok I will improve on it in the future. I used BLO on it and let it cure for a week and then used a 50/50 mix of lacquer and thinner for the finish. All in all I am very pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for looking and by all means leave me some comments on how I can improve I want to get better so don’t be shy.

-- *God is Good*





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Texasking

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 03:29 AM

Pretty incredible…great job! And did you say 30 bucks for the huge pecan slabs?!

-- Illegitimi non carborundum.

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widdle

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#2 posted 04-29-2013 04:38 AM

very nice…

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#3 posted 04-29-2013 06:14 AM

Really nice, thanks for posting. Would you have any pics of the router sled? Sorry whats BLO?

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David

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watermark

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 06:20 AM

Real nice piece! really like the design and that slab is NICE

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 10:42 AM

Just my kind of thing. Love it.

I have never done inlays, they are on the list. One thing yo might try in the future is a poured epoxy top. It’s a choice anyway.

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

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papargbear

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 12:33 PM

Nice!

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neverstoplearnin

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#7 posted 04-29-2013 02:09 PM

BLO is boiled linseed oil. Yes I said it correct $30 for both $15 a piece. I looked at the poured epoxy but to be honest I couldn’t justify the cost when I had the lacquer already but I do want to do a dinning room table and I think I am gonna use it for that. So the router sled I built was identical to the on that Offerman built and showed in fine woodworking magazine it’s on his web site. It worked amazing but I will say don’t make the mistake I did and forget to clap your guide boards down. I forgot and my router plunged into my work quick is why there is some epoxy filler in one end. I have other pics of the process if anyone would like to see but the site only lets you put up 6. Thanks for the comments and suggestions it’s one thing I love about this site.

-- *God is Good*

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 04-29-2013 02:25 PM

Great work, A real tribute to the natural beauty of the wood! One you can and should be proud of….. Nice details with the bow ties and hearts. Great finish work as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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david38

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#9 posted 04-29-2013 03:13 PM

nice table

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 04-29-2013 03:24 PM

Very cool table,a super design and build with great details.

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levan

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#11 posted 04-29-2013 03:34 PM

Very cool table. I like the pecan with the inlays. I’m thinking the kids are going to love it to, just the right height to climb on. :)
Thanks for your service

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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Kevin

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#12 posted 04-29-2013 05:45 PM

Very nice, I have a few walnut slabs I have been saving for something similar just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I love how yours turned out.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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neverstoplearnin

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#13 posted 04-29-2013 07:16 PM

Ha ha Levan I built this bad boy with both my sons in mind. If they break this then my house is not ment to have furniture at all. Total weight is 148.6 lbs. By the way I forgot to say it but I used Bloodwood leftover from another project for the hearts.

-- *God is Good*

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CalgaryGeoff

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#14 posted 04-29-2013 08:09 PM

Awesome job here. Live edges are very nice.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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biglarry

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#15 posted 04-29-2013 08:26 PM

Great work.

Was there a crack that you filled where is center bow tie is? If so what did you use to fill it?

-- "When the going gets tough, switch to power tools." - Red Green

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