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Topic tags/keywords: coffee table walnut slab dimension

Hey all,

I am just about to start dimensioning some plainsawn, live edge walnut slabs.

I am building a coffee table and do not require the live edge, but I have a question:

Some of these pieces are book matched and I was initially thinking of keeping the lighter sapwood on the slab and when I laminated the top it would have looked nice with the darker heartwood. The top will be made from 4 of these pieces (if I include the sapwood) or 6 pieces if I only include the heartwood.

So, so I keep the sapwood or get rid of it? I’m planing now but will not cut the sapwood off unless i hear from you guys saying that would be a bad idea.

Thanks so much!

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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#1 posted 534 days ago

it depends on taste. I like the contrast. Some don’t. If it was going in my house, I’d leave it.

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#2 posted 534 days ago

I think you need to make an artistic decision on what you want for this piece. I know I have been dissapointed by some projects where I left a little strip of sapwood in a tabletop. Sometimes you want to emphasize the interplay between the dark walnut and light sapwood.
If you are building other pieces for the room, how do you see them? Also, I recommend finishing an offcut. Sand and finish a scrap just as you would the entire project. Sometimes sapwood looks great in the raw, but changes under a finish.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 531 days ago

Thanks for the replies! I’ve decided to not use the sapwood with this build. If I had wider boards I would have considered it because there would just be the one strip in the middle but I don’t think my wife is too fond of having a few strips of lighter material on her Walnut table :)

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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