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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 09-19-2013 11:41 PM 975 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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09-19-2013 11:41 PM

Thanks for all the comments and suggestions about the small cherry slab table.
I’ve been on the fence for months over this job, then my father in law passed away and I lost my motivation. Now I just want to get it done so I can move on to other things.

This was the cherry slab my father in law got from his fathers property some 40 years ago. One of the things on his bucket list was to have me make that into a small table for their TV room.

I glued up a couple pieces of 3/4” cherry and cut these legs out, then ran them on the spindle sander until smooth.

The skirt is also cherry.

I didn’t fasten them yet, because I want to take another look tomorrow and see if I still like it.

Any thoughts welcome.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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Randy_ATX

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#1 posted 09-20-2013 01:05 AM

I recently posted about a cherry slab I have. My opinion, I don’t like the looks of the skirt or legs with that slab. To me they don’t go well together. (I know this isn’t what you want to hear!)

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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Wolfdaddy

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#2 posted 09-20-2013 04:23 AM

I agree with Randy. The skirt just doesn’t look right with that top. I dunno how you would feel about this, but maybe think about mortise and tenons to join the legs directly to the underside of your top. Maybe some spindlier, turned legs too.

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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Wildwood

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#3 posted 09-20-2013 10:52 AM

Russell your skirt detracts from beauty of the slab, legs very nice but look unstable. Smaller skirt (less visible) with splayed legs, and two stretchers would improve overall look and stability of the piece.

A simpler approach like this one more fitting for the slab shown because leaves no doubt about rustic stability.

http://rohanwarddesigns.com/tables/large/SlabCoffeeTable/SlabCoffeeTable03.jpg
http://rohanwarddesigns.com/tables/large/SlabCoffeeTable/SlabCoffeeTable01.jpg

When making legs that support a slab have to think about how to place emphasize on slab and support is secondary.

http://216.223.162.33/woodlandcreek2/graphics/Coffee%20Table%20Slab%20Floating%202.jpg

Or make your support compliment the slab by making it as beautiful.

http://www.woodlandcreekfurniture.com/graphics/Slab%20Furniture%20Coffee%20Table%20Design.jpg

Hiding skirt yet still providing stability.

http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base_images/bah/slab_table_leg_joinery_01.jpg

-- Bill

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 09-20-2013 11:05 AM

Bill, the skirt really can’t be seen except for the angles I shot these pics at.

I’d like to have legs like those in the pic, but I can’t find cherry branches. I’d have to use metal brackets for the legs without a skirt.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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mahdee

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#5 posted 09-20-2013 12:47 PM

I have to agree with the rest of the comments so far. Both the legs and the skirt are Symmetrical; the top round with round rings. I think that is why it doesn’t look like the top belongs to the bottom. One thing you might consider, is to create two short skirts attached to each leg. Use french curves to shape the independent skirts so they have round shapes. I am working on a similar project and will be happy to provide you with a picture of the legs.

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Bill White

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#6 posted 09-20-2013 12:58 PM

Mortise and tenon/wedge. Either blind or thru the top.
Sorry Russ, but the shapes conflict.
Got some walnut you could turn for the legs. It would look nice with the cherry if ya don’t have and matching cherry.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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RussellAP

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#7 posted 09-20-2013 01:20 PM

Bill, I’m going to back burner this for now. I have a chainsaw, so this fall I’m going to find some decent sticks for legs.
I have an art gallery that wants more furniture like the recent table so I’m off to the design table.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Wildwood

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#8 posted 09-20-2013 08:51 PM

Russell, rustic stick designed furniture fun for those that like making it. Gathering supplies, stripping bark, storing & drying, and assemble very time consuming.

Chain saws might be an overkill and dangerous on thin trees and limbs. Most folks use hand tools like axes, bow saw, pruning saw, pruning snips and loppers to harvest their wood.

Same with power woodworking tools safety & accuracy is an issue when drilling and cutting. If not careful vises and clamps can crush your wood. Hand saws, knives, brace & bits safer to use.

You can find a lot of information on making rustic furniture on the web. Will find a lot of information at Google books & images. Have fun and be safe!

-- Bill

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BJODay

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#9 posted 09-20-2013 09:43 PM

Could you route out a rectangular recess under the slab to “bury” a portion on the skirt? Making it less visible?

BJ

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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#10 posted 09-21-2013 12:09 AM

Bill, the skirt really can’t be seen except for the angles I shot these pics at.

As long as you are looking straight down at it, lol

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Dallas

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#11 posted 09-21-2013 12:25 AM

Russ, I have to agree with everyone else.
You posted this looking for agreement? acclimation? What?
Your last line is Any thoughts welcome.
You do this on any project you post, but when you do get ideas/perceptions/personal preferences, you always have a reason that it must be this way.

If you don’t want a critique, don’t ask for it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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