|Project by CharlesA||posted 09-28-2013 03:14 PM||2270 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
I’ve been wanting to try a live edge piece, but we didn’t really need anything with one of the big live edge slabs, and that’s a pretty expensive experiment. I was picking up some cherry for other projects at a local sawmill when my daughter spied this piece of live edge cherry sitting around, the first (or last) but of the tree with bark completely on one side. It was bowed on the “top” by a good inch in the middle and curves in a couple of directions. We asked for the price, and because of its shape and varying thickness, he priced it at $15. It was a deal.
It had darkened significantly as it dried as you can see in the second picture in its untouched state. I flattened it with a router and jig, sanded it, and applied General Finishes Gel Topcoat in Satin. I dug out room for the legs and mortises with a chisel and made the legs. I made a big square jig that measured out the length of the legs I wanted in reference to the top, and used that to cut the legs to final length (all four are different lengths due to the irregular shape of the bottom). The legs have tenons on the ends that press fit into the mortises. I decided not to attach permanently for moving ease. The top will darken so that the legs and top will eventually be about the same color.
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