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greenwoodbob

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1586 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: natural edge slab live edge slab wood table top table top bark milling

I have a prospective client who wants a large slab table top (about 10’). I don’t have experience working with slabs or natural edges, and would appreciate any thoughts anyone may have on this.

I’m sure the planing alone is a major project unto itself. What else should I be thinking about? Are there tricks or techniques that maybe aren’t obvious to someone new to working with slabs & natural edges?

I appreciate any comments you all may have.

-- Bob Card


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Timberwerks

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#1 posted 1586 days ago

Base design is an important consideration that should be on the top of your requirement list. Working with flitches and live edges is very enjoyable. Will this be more of a rustic or contemporary design? Will it be a single flitch or a bookmatch? Have you selected the flitch or flitches?

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#2 posted 1585 days ago

We haven’t yet selected the flitch. It will most likely not be bookmatched, as it will be a dining table about 10 feet long and relatively narrow (less than 36”). It is more of a contemporary design with metal legs. The client has a lot of walnut and is willing to use a walnut slab, but is open to other styles, so I plan to look also at cherry and other richly colored woods, as well.

-- Bob Card

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#3 posted 1585 days ago

That sounds like a great project. Here is a table recently completed by Dorset http://dorsetcustomfurniture.blogspot.com/2010/04/walnut-slab-table-is-done.html I really like what they did for the base. Once your ready to get started feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the live edge prep or surface prep of a large flitch. It’s addictive working with live edges.

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