Natural Edged Walnut Burl Coffee Table

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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 10-08-2013 04:05 PM 2132 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest creation into the coffee table realm. It is a walnut burl slab about 1.5” thick, 42” long and 28” wide. The slab started out thicker but after getting it flat I ended up with 1.5”. It was soaked in polycryl for about 2 weeks and then let air dry. I finished it with 5 coats of Arm-R-Seal and then sanded to 800 grit. I bought the legs thinking they would look great on it but the jury is still out on that point. With these legs it will take that special person to come along and fall in love with it. But that’s all it takes on any sale, that one special person. So tell me, you like the legs or not? Hit me with your best shot as it won’t hurt my feelings, but you might persuade me into NOT using them on any other projects. Oh, I picked this and 5 other slabs up at a garage sale for $20 total. Jeff (JL7), you’re not the only one who falls into some nice finds, though I think you’ve got us all beaten by a mile on that front ;-)

Thank you for looking and as always, your comments and questions are welcome

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 10-08-2013 04:14 PM

What a great table, love the wood and colors. Cool legs but it might take away from the table as your drawn to them right off….. I tend to fill my knot holes with epoxy and a drop of dye mixed in for what ever color I try to acieve. Great work. Love it….

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

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#2 posted 10-08-2013 05:13 PM

That is one beautiful chunk of wood and the table is a wonderful conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 10-08-2013 05:18 PM

Very beautiful work. Awesome wood.

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

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#4 posted 10-08-2013 06:25 PM

Wow that’s a very beautiful table

Leg-vice I’m not sure it’s my stile. I’m more for legs like these.

But very nice work.

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#5 posted 10-08-2013 09:34 PM

Wow! That’s a very exquisite and stunning table! Beautiful wood!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 10-08-2013 10:24 PM

That’s a gorgeous piece of table right there.

The legs… uhm… yeah, they detract a bit. I don’t like them. I have a pair of matching slabs that I’m trying to solve the “what legs won’t detract” problem with but haven’t come up with anything inspiring yet.

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#7 posted 10-08-2013 10:42 PM

Very nice table.

I cant decide if i like the legs or not. On the one hand the spirals of the legs match the circle shapes going on in the slab, and the colour matches that of the bark. On the other it clashes a bit, somehow.

Here is another slab table with the same legs

I think I prefer the look of metal legs that are more of a self contained frame, that the slab just rests on top of.

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#8 posted 10-08-2013 10:54 PM

Ken, I have some other slabs that have some cracks & voids that I am contemplating filling with copper, poly or something. So I agree with you that filling them can add beauty.

Michael Wilson, check out these legs. If you like them send me a pm and I’ll tell you where to get them. He will make them to your specs i.e. height and width. I have used them on another table and have another set to use on a maple slab. The spiral legs, I bought two sets. A 14” & a 16” (H) set with plans for two different table. The 14” set will go on an elm slab I have. The elm slab is pretty but no where as beautiful as a burl slab but still very nice. The elm slab also has some cracks down the middle so I will have to use some bow ties probably in black walnut or something dark for a contrast.

Gibernak, did you make these? Did you post these as a project? Do you have some pictures of the underside so I can see how you mounted them. They are very simple and add to the tables beauty.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#9 posted 10-09-2013 03:16 AM

The legs make good contrast with the top.

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 10-09-2013 05:20 AM

WOW! Absolutely love it. Normally I would not be a fan of legs like this, but with this beautiful piece of wood, it looks perfect and cant imagine any other kind of legs that would look better. AWESOME job!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 10-09-2013 06:52 AM

Great table. I also am seldom a fan of metal legs but the spirals you have are unusual enough that many will find the whole package appealing…..........................

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 10-09-2013 08:40 AM

Wonderful piece.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#13 posted 10-09-2013 11:48 AM

Very good find, nice job

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 10-09-2013 02:56 PM

Great looking table and finish.

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

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#15 posted 10-09-2013 03:51 PM

I wish I made them, but no. I just copy pasted them from

So I cant help with the mounting, but check out Nakashima’s work its very inspiring.

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