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LiveEdge

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02-05-2015 09:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: help desk slab

I am in the midst of building a two sided desk for my office at home. The carcass of the desk is built out of reclaimed 100-year-old doug fir. The top is a big leaf maple slab. I flattened the slab with a router sled but have noticed that one corner still falls away by about 3/8” (see picture). Because the slab is already getting to be about as thin as I want it, I’ve started to contemplate creative ways to compensate. I’ve decided that an option would be to build a “cradle” in that corner which essentially means using wedge cuts and “building up” the corner of the desk to meet the slab. Because of the overhang I think it will be quite unnoticed unless someone gets down low. Because the desk also has a “rustic” appearance, imperfections are not as big a deal as if I were aiming for something like a sleek, modern look.

I wondered if people had opinions or other options? The other three corners sit pretty flat to the posts and the top is certainly flat enough to use as a desk.

BTW, I used the word “twist” in the title, but I actually don’t think that’s proper. I think it’s just not flat on the corner because of previous warpage that wasn’t completely removed by the routing (because I didn’t want to make the slab any thinner).

Here are some pictures to help people see what’s up:


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#1 posted 02-05-2015 09:14 PM

Wow! What a slab!

Something that big seems like it might need two or more years of air drying, as well as a few months to acclimate to being indoors. She’s gonna move as much as she wants. I like your idea of letting it, and keeping the mass of this beautiful slab. Hopefully it doesn’t continue, and begin to hamper the functionality of the piece.

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 09:26 PM

The slab was kiln dried over 3-4 months down to 8% by someone who knows what they are doing and it was flattened over two months ago and has been sitting in my garage upright, so I’m not too concerned about it being new movement. I really think I just didn’t get it totally flat because of worry about how thin it was getting. In other words, the falling away is the same now as it was in December.

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 10:10 PM

Ahhh. All is well then! If you’re okay with that bit of rise, I certainly am. I think I’d shim the high side, and add a similar feature to the other legs.

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#4 posted 04-07-2016 01:09 AM

@LiveEdge It looks great! If you every want Premium Maple Western Big Leaf slabs or logs. I specialize in Maple Big Leaf and Black Walnut. We are a sawmill located in Duvall, WA. My employer used to be a custom furniture maker and now has 3 mills and a beautiful sawmill. Check out some of the slabs of Maple Big Leaf, Finished Maple slap tables and what I think is really cool the Costa Rican, Japenese Sugi and Monkeypod!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o58og93.jpg!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o58obtz.jpg!

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I have attached some pics. Keep up the nice work.

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#5 posted 04-07-2016 03:22 PM

I don’t see a problem that isn’t covered by the word “rustic”. If anyone asks about it, tell them it is intentional to make it more comfortable when you sit on the corner of your desk. I really like it….great design and use of woods.

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#6 posted 04-07-2016 03:47 PM

I think you should just get a new slab and start over, it’s a lost cause IMO. So to help you out I’ll take the current slab to free the space in the shop. :) In all seriousness shimming would be my way to go. As you stated it will only really be noticed if you are laying on the floor and that would be the best way to keep the case from rocking with the top. Beautiful looking slab, so if you do want to go the start over route just hit me up.

-- --Zach

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#7 posted 04-07-2016 03:48 PM

Have you thought about making the slab-to-base connection look “floating”, which in this case means a deeply recessed support on four corners. The height of the support would vary, to get the top level, but since all four attachment points are so far back, it would look even less of an issue than if you simply shimmed up the one point of contact.

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#8 posted 04-07-2016 03:49 PM

You guys are resurrecting an old thread. :) The project is done and apparently the cradle worked fine because I haven’t thought about that gap in the year since.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/129809

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#9 posted 04-07-2016 04:27 PM

@LiveEdge It looks great! If you every want Premium Maple Western Big Leaf slabs or logs. I specialize in Maple Big Leaf and Black Walnut. We are a sawmill located in Duvall, WA. My employer used to be a custom furniture maker and now has 3 mills and a beautiful sawmill. Check out some of the slabs of Maple Big Leaf, Finished Maple slap tables and what I think is really cool the Costa Rican, Japenese Sugi and Monkeypod!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o58og93.jpg!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o58obtz.jpg!

.

I have attached some pics. Keep up the nice work.

Check out some of the work.
https://www.facebook.com/liveedgehardwood/
http://www.liveedgehardwoods.com/

-- Rob, Duvall, Washington, https://www.facebook.com/liveedgehardwood/

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#10 posted 04-07-2016 04:36 PM

I wish the site was able to prevent newbs from bumping old threads because that’s what most of them do, especially spammers like Rob Duvall above.

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#11 posted 04-07-2016 04:46 PM

hey Edge that desk is really nice!!

@maplejack so if i’m understanding correctly you carry black walnut and big leaf maple?

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#12 posted 04-07-2016 04:53 PM

@Rick M Thanks for your message. I didn’t mean to duplicate the second post it was an accident. If you look at my first post @LiveEdge it was sharing some items that people had made from different types of slabs. Thank you for you comment. I was not spamming. Just sharing some really nice pieces that maybe someone may see an interest in using different species of wood to slab for a table or other furniture.

Have a great day Rick M sorry for the accidental 2nd post. I am a newbie.

-- Rob, Duvall, Washington, https://www.facebook.com/liveedgehardwood/

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MapleJack1

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#13 posted 04-07-2016 05:34 PM

@snipes Yes, sir that is correct. We carry Black Walnut and Big leaf maple. Logs, slabs, and burls.

-- Rob, Duvall, Washington, https://www.facebook.com/liveedgehardwood/

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#14 posted 04-07-2016 06:16 PM

This thread was worth resurrecting that maple slab looks great!

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#15 posted 04-07-2016 06:18 PM



This thread was worth resurrecting that maple slab looks great!

- Aj2

Thank you!

-- Rob, Duvall, Washington, https://www.facebook.com/liveedgehardwood/

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