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whope

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11-28-2015 02:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut live edge

Normally I’m not really interested in doing a live edge piece. I can appreciate them. Just wasn’t something that I felt like doing.

Until I visited my local WC yesterday and this walnut slab begged me to take it home to be a sofa table. Initially, I was only considering the ‘clean’ side. Now I’m not so sure.

So I’m interested in hearing ideas from those of you who do live edge work. Which side would you use and what would you do with it?

I’m thinking a fairly traditional leg/apron setup with stringers/stretcher or lower shelf.

I’d love to find a narrower live edge piece to use as lower shelf.

I won’t be tackling this anytime soon, so if you don’t see any photos here of it as a finished piece, I’m still open to ideas.

It’s ~ 4’ 8” l, nominally 13 1/2” wide and 1 3/4 thick.

Here’s the two sides (I’m not keeping the sofa):

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.


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#1 posted 11-28-2015 03:06 PM

I like the side with the holes. Maybe use that either as the surface or the leg of a waterfall table.

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 03:10 PM

I’d make a table to sit behind that couch of yours. Use the side with the holes as the top, get a piece of glass to cover it, add some legs. Bam! you’ve got one hell of a table that you can put things on and it will look amazing too!

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#3 posted 11-28-2015 03:30 PM

Agree make a table with the hole side up. That is one nice slab.

-- mrg

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#4 posted 11-28-2015 03:44 PM

Holes side up with a plant in one or two, turquoise or Suiseki in the other.

Looking forward to your creation in the project thread :)

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whope

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#5 posted 11-29-2015 04:36 PM

I like the glass idea. Was also thinking epoxy but I don’t care for the high gloss. After reading up on it, I could apply a lower sheen top coat. I’m not quite convinced that I’d be happy with that. I was wanting more of a oil rubbed fininsh. Dust would be a problem in the voids.

My GF prefers the smooth side and wrought iron legs. At the moment, legs are stumping me. Kicking around a trestle style as well.

Thanks for the comments.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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Clint Searl

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#6 posted 11-29-2015 05:13 PM

I found an ironmonger to fabricate a base of my design to support a slab of walnut, and had a piece of glass cut that I sand blasted a design in.

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whope

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#7 posted 11-29-2015 05:21 PM

That looks very nice, Clint. Definitely what she was thinking.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#8 posted 12-04-2015 02:12 AM

I’d use the side opposite the holes for the top surface. For legs. I would get natural branches for the legs and put tenons on them or fit the top and the legs for dowels to attach them. i
I’m going to be doing that with slab of natural edge mesquite this winter in Az.

What you did came out very nice!!

Jim

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whope

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#9 posted 12-05-2015 06:37 PM

I’m leaning to using the side without the holes and making it float over an Asian style base. I won’t start until next spring at the earliest, so still open to the killer idea.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#10 posted 12-05-2015 09:28 PM

SO I’m confused. Everyone says use the holes, but the first 2 pictures show it nice and smooth (like it has been run thru a planer) and the 3rd & 4th picture shows it with holes. Is this TWO different boards? Or before and after pictures of the same board?

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TinWhiskers

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#11 posted 12-05-2015 10:09 PM

I love the live edge on both edges.

I like the side without holes better.

But during the cold winter I would be thinking on using the holes as the top, by possibly filling the holes with pebbles, glass, cement…whatever. And filling with maybe epoxy. Maybe store it holes side up. Love what woho6o9 did.

Beautiful slab!

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#12 posted 12-05-2015 10:10 PM

Joe, It looks like one side is smooth and one side has holes.

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#13 posted 12-05-2015 10:14 PM

HI, I made a live edge dining table and coffee table from apple wood. I used the apple branches as legs. It takes some figuring but it has a nice look. Attaching the legs so they can be removed when moving took some thought.

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#14 posted 12-05-2015 10:55 PM



Joe, It looks like one side is smooth and one side has holes.

- distrbd

Ah HA! Looks like he flipped it end-for-end and took pics of both sides multiple times. Thanks

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#15 posted 12-05-2015 11:19 PM

The side with the holes! 100%. All the way. Not even a question! :)

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