Phil Lunsford

Live Edge Walnut Slab Trestle Conference Table

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right.pdftop.pdfI just wanted to leave this here, do a little bragging.  11' x 3' walnut slab with walnut trestle base.  Glued up some 8/4 stock for the base, bridle joints for the feet and maple wedges for the through tenons.  She didn't want the top so dark, so I used Varathane water-based floor finish for the top, but wiping varnish for the base to give it a nice contrast.  I thought about going all Nakashima and putting dutchmen in the splits, but decided not to due to my lack of experience with that technique.  There's always next time though!

 

This was commissioned for a friend who was remodeling her new office space and wanted something special to commemorate the occasion; I was happy to oblige, and she was thrilled!  First time doing something this large.  Feels good to know it can only get better!

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I would do something about the cracks there is a good chance depending on the age of the slab, moisture, and temperature changes they will get bigger.

Butterfly inlays are a easy and nice way to save the table top.

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Great table! That edge treatment almost makes your live edge look like stone. Your pics are posted as PDF. I have never tried to post a pic as PDF but I upload with the button to the lower right of the posting dialogue box that says "more reply options" I believe. If it recognizes your pic and is under the size limit, there is a button that says "add to post" if you want the image to show in the post. Hope that helps.

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Butterflies are on my to-learn list.  There are cleats attached underneath that will also help to hold it together.  

 

I think the pics might not have showed because they are pdf's and not jpgs.  My pictures were too big to upload and reduced size pdf was the first way I thought of to fix it  :blink: .

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Resize and upload to a host or, you could host them here if you get them small enough..  The size requirement here escapes me but, I'm sure it's posted here somewhere.

 

Beautiful table!

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I resize all my photos to 750x1000 pixels before i post here on the forum. I use preview to resize them on my mac. Any program with an adjust size feature will let you resize photo then upload it straight to the forum using the more options in the comment bar.

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I started out to comment on the table, and I still will: Fantastic live edge piece!!! Now, thanks everyone on how to get pictures to the site. I never could figure it out and my 6 yr. old granddaughter is always too busy to help me.

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Really nice table! The only thing I don't particularly care for is the species of wood you used for the tenon wedge. Would have been nice if it matched the heartwood of the table top or trestle better, or something darker, possibly ebony. From the picture it looks like cheaper pine in a fine piece of furniture.

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PhiLuns, Do you still have the table? I would like to see a photo of the underside to see how you attached the top.

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No, I delivered last week.  I just centered the slab on the legs and screwed cleats (with room for expansion around the screws) on either side of the support (its basically the same as the foot, but at the top).  The center support has a cross-piece that I screwed to the slab, but other than that it's not attached to the base.  The cleats keep it from racking and the center support from moving side to side, and the sheer weight of the thing holds it all pretty well in place.  Before I put finish on I literally stood, jumped and shimmied on top of the thing.

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