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07-11-2014 10:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question cherry walnut

I’m finally getting around to building the coffee table that I asked design help for some months ago. I’ve identified three places within 50 miles that have some live edge slabs available (the place I’ve purchased before is plumb out).

The closest is a guy who has 7 or 8 cherry slabs 5-6’ long, 2’ wide, and the price is right. He estimates they are 1” thick. After planing and sanding at least one side, we’ll be closer to 3/4”. I was picturing 1 1/4-1/12” thick for my design with a waterfall leg on one end. Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 07-11-2014 10:13 PM

For case goods, I like 3/4” tops. For coffee tables, end tables etc I like 1” thick tops. For live edge tables, or rustic tables or benches the tops really look better if they are 1-1/2 thick or better.
Of course it depends on the style you are after.

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 10:24 PM

I like thicker too, but you do have to consider weight. Suddenly you have a piece of furniture that takes two guys to move out of the way. I’m having the same question for a desk I’m going to build with a maple slab top. I’m leaning toward a final thickness of 6/4 or 8/4, but it’s gonna be heavy.

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#3 posted 07-11-2014 10:41 PM

Depends what look you’re looking to achieve. Structurally you can get away with 3/4 inch, but generally slabs tend to look better if they’re thicker (at least in my opinion). Provides a nice contrast to thinner stretchers if the top is thick.

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#4 posted 07-11-2014 11:04 PM

I’m thinking I might pick up one or two of the thin slabs—I can always use them in another project—and see how it looks, but I’m not optimistic.

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#5 posted 07-11-2014 11:42 PM

The table in the picture, from your previous post months ago, looks like it was make with thinner boards.

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#6 posted 07-11-2014 11:46 PM

That’s a good point.

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#7 posted 07-12-2014 12:53 AM

I would try to go thicker if possible. That’s what seems to fit the look better, at least in my head.

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#8 posted 07-12-2014 12:53 AM

I have made several live edge tables using 1” rough sawn lumber and just planning/sanding the ‘show’ side to wind up with a top that is ~7/8” but I have also used 3/4” and was happy with both. To me , the thick slab is not necessary.

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#9 posted 07-12-2014 02:34 AM

I like at least 5/4, but having said that, a live edge table usually has, at the live edge side, a slope. When mounted with the slope “going downhill” it tends to make a piece look thicker, just as undercutting a top with a bevel makes a top look thinner, lighter…

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#10 posted 07-12-2014 02:46 AM

I like 1.5” – 2” for coffee tables, not only for looks but for joinery. I typically use M&T joinery for my base to top connection.

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