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Andybb

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07-06-2017 04:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: maple question rustic modern

Quick back story. I have the last piece of some maple slabs that I made into live edge tables. I put this aside about a year ago because it wasn’t possible to make it “live edge” and I tried something I’ve never done before and used a grinder to make a “faux” live edge. Not sure if I like it. It’s coffee table size.

1. Faux live edge or cut it straight and slightly tapered?
2, Do the legs make a difference? I have these stainless legs but maybe it needs a less modern and more rustic base if I keep the rough edge. I’m thinkin’ stainless legs would look better with a straight cut. I don’t have enough slab pieces to make legs from the same material.

This table will be for sale here in the Pacific NW.

Finishing is a whole different matter. It is sealed with Total Boat epoxy, which I love but has not had the finish coat applied yet. Interestingly enough, after trying just about every finishing combo over the years for these tables, both water and oil based, HVLP’d, wiped, brushed, nothing seems to be as easy to work and look as well as Deft out of a spray can. 3 coats of gloss and a final coat of satin 30 mins apart, dried over night, wet sand the final coat with 400 and buff. Done in a day.




-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!


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bobro

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#1 posted 07-06-2017 09:00 AM

It doesn’t look “live edge”, but it looks great IMO! Very nice soft slightly irregular shape, kinda got that “asian drawing” or “woodcut illustration” thing going. I certainly wouldn’t try to “correct” it into some pseudo space-age trapezoid or straightedged tapered shape. The Nakashimi-like dovetailed “repair” is ace, too.

Of course I’m a beer and weed kinda guy, not a martini and Prozac kinda guy, so others might disagree.

-- Lao Ma: You are so full of anger and hatred. Xena: Everybody's gotta be full of something.

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#2 posted 07-06-2017 10:59 AM

Love the slab but do not care for metal legs.

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 07-06-2017 11:12 AM



Love the slab but do not care for metal legs.

- Redoak49


Same here. However, some folks like the look of metal legs. Depends on their decor, I guess.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 07-06-2017 11:33 AM

I like the edge and the legs.

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Tennessee

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#5 posted 07-06-2017 11:34 AM

I had to build three log slab end tables for a customer last Christmas from a tree off their Grandfather’s land. They also chose the metal legs. I loved the wood, hated the legs.

This slab looks great with the faux raw edge. I’ve done this with golf club hat racks, making the wood look somewhat like a golf hole. And I did it with a river coffee table.
Love the wood, not a fan of the metal.
Should say, though, that metal is gaining a lot of ground in woodshops, and more than a few woodworkers are buying welders and metal cutting saws to create this industrial/NY loft look. That includes me…

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 07-06-2017 11:52 AM

I don’t mind metal legs as long as they’re smaller. Marc Spagnuolo’s recent live edge table, for example, had legs that were way, way too big for my taste. I can’t tell if these are too big without seeing the slab actually sitting on the legs, but I suspect they are too big.

I like the look of the slab. It doesn’t look like live edge, but it’s attractive nonetheless. I love the dutchmen.

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mahdee

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#7 posted 07-06-2017 12:32 PM

Being a Gothic type of guy, I would paint it black!!
Just kidding. Beautiful slab and I think the metal base might be your best option. Anything else might make it too busy looking.

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Andybb

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#8 posted 07-06-2017 07:16 PM

Thanks for the input. It’s not really intended to look like it’s “live edge”, rather than just having a more rustic, less processed look.

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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#9 posted 07-06-2017 07:43 PM

The edge reminds me more of drift wood then live edge. I think that slab is a real piece of crap and you need to ship it to me for destruction immediately!!!! Love the wood, but not that metal leg look. Think about the hairpin style legs but with that heavy bar stock you have there. 2 on one end and one centered on the other end. They need to be heavy to look right with that heavy slab.

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Andybb

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#10 posted 07-06-2017 09:11 PM


The edge reminds me more of drift wood then live edge. I think that slab is a real piece of crap and you need to ship it to me for destruction immediately!!!! Love the wood, but not that metal leg look. Think about the hairpin style legs but with that heavy bar stock you have there. 2 on one end and one centered on the other end. They need to be heavy to look right with that heavy slab.

- papadan


Yeah. Driftwood, I agree, but a driftwood base just looked too busy. I have a set of hairpin legs that I tried (3 and 4 of them) but the slab is wobbly even with 4 of them and they look (to my eye) too thin for a hefty slab like that. Don’t really want to order thicker hairpins. I want to be done with this one. :-)

Soooo…everybody seems to like the slab, I just need some legs for it. Might just leave the slab as it is, apply the finish and put the stainless legs on it.

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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#11 posted 07-06-2017 10:06 PM

I think you should send that slab to me. It will look great in my living room.

-- mrg

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Andybb

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#12 posted 07-06-2017 10:21 PM



I think you should send that slab to me. It will look great in my living room.

- mrg


$750 plus shipping and she’s all yours! :-)

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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papadan

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#13 posted 07-06-2017 10:32 PM

Don’t buy, make the hairpin legs out of the same metal as that square you show in the last picture. Wide heavy legs but only a small footprint on the floor.

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Andybb

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#14 posted 07-07-2017 12:08 AM


Don t buy, make the hairpin legs out of the same metal as that square you show in the last picture. Wide heavy legs but only a small footprint on the floor.

- papadan


I think you’re assuming that I have the gear/skill/desire to make the legs. :-)

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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#15 posted 07-07-2017 12:41 AM

I think the iron legs can look fine. Think about playing with them a bit. For example, you could sandwich them, all or in part, with more wood. Either the same stuff or something with a complementary color.

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