Live Edge Cherry Coffee Table

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Project by CharlesA posted 298 days ago 1186 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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#1 posted 298 days ago

Very nice design.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 298 days ago

Super! Very nice finish on an already darkened cherry. Your glote for the week. Thanks also for including the pics of the router flatting jig. Please share deminsions and did you apply anything to lubricate the slides for the sled runners. how wide the bit mortice. I need one also.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 298 days ago

I reorganized my shop a few weeks ago, so I can’t remember where I put my johnson paste wax, which is what I was going to use. This worked okay without wax, but it would have been better with it. I built the jig based on the Wood Whisperer instructions: The width of the jig is the width of your router base, length is 1 foot longer that the width of the piece you’re trying to flatten. In my case, the difficult was stabilizing a rounded, irregular bottom. I used wood wedges and other pieces of wood keep it straight. I used a 3/4 inch straight router bit.

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#4 posted 296 days ago

Really beautiful coffee table.Great job.The coffee table that you choose can have a big impact upon your room’s design.Wooden coffee tables have always given a look of beauty regardless of what style of furniture you have in your home.

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#5 posted 295 days ago

Cool coffee table! Like the cherry and the legs, they go well together. It brings life to the living room. Great job!

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#6 posted 288 days ago

Thanks for all the comments. I really like this project. It is already noticeably darker than in the photo.

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