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Forum topic by DonJ posted 05-18-2013 11:59 PM 769 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2013 11:59 PM

I have some mesquite slabs about 4’ long and 10 or so inches wide, with live edges. I had planned on making a narrow sofa table, but as I look at the slabs, I’m afraid they may be too narrow, especially when considering tipping hazards if little hands try to grab ahold. Any thoughts on how to make such a table with the slabs I have? Thanks.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 12:11 AM

I think sofa tables are always going to be somewhat of a tipping hazard for little ones, unless you anchor them somehow. That being said, if you want your table to be a bit wider than your slabs, just rip one edge off of each of two slabs, and glue the ripped edges together. This way, you can make your table as wide or as narrow as you want.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 12:18 AM

Another thought that just came to me: If you actually intend to put the table against the back of a sofa, you could design it with “outriggers” extending from the feet on one side that would slip snugly under the sofa to prevent it from tipping.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 05-19-2013 12:21 AM

If you want to keep a live edge on both sides of the board another option could be a 2 level table with one slab in front of and a few inches below the other.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#4 posted 05-19-2013 12:23 AM

I like both of the ideas Charles put out there. Another option would be to simply send them to me so you wouldn’t even have to worry about it!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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