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Forum topic by Woodcut1 posted 05-03-2016 09:59 PM 722 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2016 09:59 PM

I received two thirty inch round ash slabs. They were just cut from the log cross gain so they are end gran about three to four inches thick. I would like to make table from these because seeing all the ring growth looks nice once finished. Both pieces have cracks running across from the outside to the middle. The do go through in but it doesn’t seem like the slabs are ready to break. My question is it worth the butterfly work and the expense of the epoxy to do this. Is end grain pieces like this stable and strong enough? I will have support under both table tops. The wood is as dry as you can get it. I don’t think it will crack due to further drying. I just never seen end grain slabs used like this so I thought I would in case someone has experience with working with slabs. I don’t.

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#1 posted 05-07-2016 03:00 PM


Like you, I have no end grain slab experience. But I would give the tables a try. If thing do not work out, the end grain tops could be replaced with a traditional tops. However, if the slabs are properly supported by the base and allowance for wood movement incorporated into the attachment of the top the base, I would think the tables would last a long time, especially if the slabs are acclimated.

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#3 posted 05-09-2016 09:28 PM

Yes, I agree with JBrow, I will do the same

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#4 posted 05-09-2016 10:00 PM

I will give it a try. I don’t think the cracks will take much filler. I am thinking maybe a solid board under the slab. Perhaps with a little skill I can manage to inset the slab in a table top of wallnut or something and then build a bottom stand that will fit. This can get interesting because when I have something like this that if I should lose it I won’t be to disappointed it’s a good time to have some creative fun.

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