20 ft Live Edge Maple Slab Bar for Kayu's Cafe

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Project by Lumberpunk posted 02-06-2014 08:35 AM 2480 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished the assembly and first coat of finish for the bar at the new restaurant in town (if you could call it a town). The slabs were 3 inches thick broad leaf maple and came out to 1 3/4 inches after flattening them with a router sled on two 14’ 2×6’s planed. Slabs came out pretty flat. Knocked the ridges off with a jack plane and then lots of sanding up to 400 grit before the linseed went on. The center panel is an old cedar door my boss found at a yard sale for $10. The rest of the panels are 1/2” birch ply stained red mahogany. The trim is 4” maple and is just held on with brads cause of budgetary restrictions, except on the corners where I glued up to pieces to make it look like a post. The bar is supported by a 2×4 stud wall 16 inch centers.

The bar is just over 12 feet wide so my 12ft pipe clamp didn’t reach and I had to use a bar clamp at the end of the pipe clamp and pocket holes underneath, plus some heavy objects on top to stop the clamp lifting the side slabs. I also threw some biscuits in at the joins the help with alignment.

There was some fairly significant cracking at one end of the main slab which got filled with epoxy and some butterfly keys cut from the maple trim scraps, these were way easier to do than expected, used a router for most the work and cleaned up with a chisel.

So far it has linseed on it, to be followed by either and oil based poly, or osmo polylix(?) depending on how the test goes tomorrow.

All in all very happy with the way this one turned out. I learned a lot working with pieces of wood that big and didn’t make too many crazy mistakes, at least none you can see. Nice to get paid and nice to have your work displayed so publicly. We get a lot of people coming through in the summers here.

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 11:17 AM

Very awesome looking slab, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 11:40 AM

that is just awesome….great looking bar…beautiful natural and rustic…would love to go there and prop that up with a few beers….great work!

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 12:02 PM

great looking hunk of wood!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 12:50 PM

Impressive. Love the design and the contrast.

-- DonB

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#5 posted 02-06-2014 02:07 PM

We are located in the Slocan Valley, Southern BC in the mountains… drop by for a beer!

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#6 posted 02-06-2014 03:32 PM

Very nice, you got to love that natural edge thick maple.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 02-06-2014 07:06 PM

Love the slabs – nice work on this.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#9 posted 02-06-2014 10:01 PM

Great work. Turned out beautiful.

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

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#10 posted 02-06-2014 10:16 PM

Wow great job it’s awesome looking bar. Your customer has to be very happy with that.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#11 posted 02-06-2014 11:58 PM

Ha! Yes Dave, my customer/boss/friend is very happy with it.

Thanks for all the nice comments folks… I’m pretty happy right now.

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#12 posted 02-08-2014 12:56 AM

WOW, Impressive bar with great details.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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