Old walnut slabs

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Project by lunn posted 11-12-2013 01:50 PM 1579 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A guy stoped by my shop and said he had some old lumber in his barn that had been there for about 50 years. Said he whould get it outta the loft and give it to me. Time passed forgot all about it. I came home one to find a bunch of junk piled on my shop porch, i got mad ! Till i found out what it was ! Walnut! 2 slabs one almost 7’ long 1 3/4 thick, widest place 23” dressed. The other about 6’ long 1 3/4 thick about 22” wide dressed also. Also several other pieces of lumber from the same tree dressed to 5/8 thick. All of it from the same tree natural edge. Stack it up it was like turning the pages of a book. That was about 2 years ago. I can’t remember who he was and and as far as i know he’s never been back. iI finally built the tables this spring. They both have hidden drawers. The front band drops down, thats why the knobs are counter sunk. When people (about 50} were looking at it, i asked how they liked the drawers no one ever found them. The top is done with satin poly all else is tung oil. One lady bought them both.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-12-2013 01:58 PM

Absolutely awesome piece. I love the design, the wood and the build.

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

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 01:59 PM

absolutely beautiful work !

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 02:53 PM

That’s a wonderful piece and what a break to get that lumber for nothing. Congratulations.

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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#4 posted 11-12-2013 03:30 PM

Beautiful work. Leaving the edge on the top slab is what makes it special. Hate to think what you’d pay for a slab like that [if you could find one] at a lumber yard.

-- I'm a LumberJock and I'm OK.............. I sleep all night and I work all day !!

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#5 posted 11-12-2013 04:08 PM

Fantastic work. I wish strangers would just bring me walnut slabs!

-- Brian Timmons -

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Kaleb the Swede

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#6 posted 11-12-2013 04:44 PM

That is an amazing piece! Nice find and I hope you did good on it, its well deserved

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#7 posted 11-12-2013 08:09 PM

looks great

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#8 posted 11-13-2013 12:52 AM

Those slabs look incredible and what you did with them is fantastic! Love how you’ve hidden the drawers.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#9 posted 11-13-2013 11:30 AM

Another excellent piece of furniture, beautiful wood and craftsmanship….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 11-15-2013 03:34 PM

Excellent piece of furniture, love those gorgeous walnut and natural edge. Awesome design and build especially those hidden drawers.

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