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Wendybird

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02-15-2015 10:14 PM

I’d really like to build a live edge coffee table. I haven’t made too many things so far, mostly 2×4 projects that I found the plans for online. Is it hard to build a life edge table? Are there any special things to do when building? Special joinery?


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canadianchips

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#1 posted 02-15-2015 11:47 PM

No it is not hard.
I use a jointer on the edges, then I cut slots for biscuit about every 9-12”.
I use wood glue and clamps.
Let it sit overnight.
The legs I do with motise and tenon joinery.
Some of the tables I have made.

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#2 posted 02-16-2015 12:14 AM

Those look amazing. Thank you!

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#3 posted 02-16-2015 12:31 AM

I think it all depends on what you are planing to make.. Can you give me some ideas of what is your goal?

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 12:39 AM

Hardest part is finding the wood :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 02-16-2015 12:44 AM

working with live edge is somewhat easier, but different style. I sawed my own lumber and find some of the ugly boards turn out very interesting as live edge. In fact the live edge with no weirdness or curves or burl or knots is rather dull. I ran a lot as trim, furniture and bar tops. Just go with the wood

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#6 posted 02-16-2015 01:00 AM

I would like to do a square coffee table 30”x30”

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#7 posted 02-16-2015 04:13 PM

Sounds like a pretty wide one. Do you have a slab that wide or are you planing on book matching two boards together?

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#8 posted 02-16-2015 04:16 PM

Probably biscuit joint 2 boards together

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#9 posted 02-17-2015 01:39 AM

Sounds good. How thick are your boards?

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Wendybird

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#10 posted 02-17-2015 10:03 PM

I don’t have any materials yet just trying to get a feel for the project before I take the plunge on the wood.
I wonder, could I join the boards tongue in groove or like a half lap?

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#11 posted 02-17-2015 10:27 PM

Most of the live edge table makers I supply slabs like to have me resaw the stock after kiln drying to make a flat surface. Then they sand, and finish, finish, finish.

Rich

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#12 posted 02-17-2015 10:42 PM

Live edge is very addictive. I prefer to use fox wedged tenons & build in contemporary style. Do what ever fits your skills & design preference, you really can’t go wrong.

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#13 posted 02-18-2015 03:04 AM

I’ve got a big piece of cherry I want to make into a coffee table once I get it back from being dried. Don’t know the exact dimensions but probably 36×36 crotch piece, should make a sweet table if nothing messes up during the process of drying and making it eventually.

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