|Project by MVMatt||posted 01-02-2014 03:13 PM||6195 views||54 times favorited||49 comments|
This is a live edge, book matched walnut slab table with ebony inlay. I made this for the new addition to my father’s house I completed last year. The table is just over 12 feet long, averages about 41 inches wide and is mostly 1 7/8 inches thick. The boards had a bit too much crook in them to get a uniform thickness without grinding them to dust. I flattened the boards with a router and a giant sled jig.
The inlay pieces are the same width at center and at the ends as each other but the lengths vary from 4 1/2 inches to 7 inches, so the angles are different. They are set about 7/8 inch deep into the top.
I joined the two pieces by running a track saw down the middle with half the blade cutting into each board at the same time. It worked better than I expected.
I filled the pores with crystalac water based because I wanted to maintain the contrast between heart and sap.
I started finishing with shellac for depth and tone, then sprayed a few heavy coats of enduro var. waited just over two weeks and started the rub out. Sand paper from 600 to 2000, then three grits of compound. First two with surbuf pads on ROS and the last one by hand, twice.
I didn’t wax it at the end. I have a lingering feeling that I should go back and wax that puppy one day when no one is home. Any thoughts on this?
A few nights a week after the kids go to bed is all the shop time I get these days. This thing took forever. And it took up the whole shop! I had to move anything I wasn’t using on the project out just to fit it in. Happy with the project, also happy to get my shop back. I’m going to go build something small now…
-- "It could grip it by the husk!" King Arthur.