The story of a log, a slab and a table


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3 hours ago, Chet said:

Often people are too quick to eliminate sapwood.

I think walnut sapwood looks a lot better when it isn't steamed. It also has to be done in a harmonious way.

I'm interested in how this one will turn out. More often than not when i get figured wood like this that might misbehave I'm inclined to make shop veneer and mount it on a panel, or drawer front.

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I was going to use the floating shelf pin bracket like Kev used but the shelf is only 6 1/4” deep at the widest part and the pins are 6” long with a recess of 1/4” for the bar on the bracket. I didn’t have anymore walnut so I took a piece of teak that I had laying around and screwed it to the back of the slab/shelf. Then took a rasp to shape it to the bottom of the slab. He can then use screws thru the teak to attach it to his wall. Sorry @Bmacfor the highjack. 

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@Coop, no worries about thinking you were highjacking, I liked the conversation. The sapwood on that board looks real nice and compliments the shelf well. 

@wtnhighlander, I can totally see your point, it very well may look like that, and I have no wenge for an inlay. I am planning for the table top to be around 20" at it's widest point, so I have 6" to remove still (with the board being 13" prior to resaw), so I'm not totally locked in with what you are seeing now. 

I'm going to find out this morning. I have a little time before work and I'm hoping to get it resawn then. Pics will be coming. 

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21 minutes ago, Mark J said:

How much of the heartwood periphery are you going to loose when you go to a 20" width?

After final trimming before resawing I'll lose a couple inches of outside heartwood. 

10 minutes ago, RichardA said:

That book match is so sexy.

Man you had to go there, that is really funny though!

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3 hours ago, Bmac said:

After final trimming before resawing I'll lose a couple inches of outside heartwood. 

Man you had to go there, that is really funny though!

I admit to being a dirty old man, but that image is downright drop dead!

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I think the pattern is very pleasing to the eye. And you can eliminate the cost of a coffee table book who’s definition I found to be: “ An oversized book whose purpose is to display on a table intended for use in an area in which one entertains guests and from which it can serve to inspire conversation or pass the time!  

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5 hours ago, Bmac said:

You are right but that visual is going mess this up for me now.

I guess it gives a new meaning to wood porn.

This story has taken a different direction for sure.

At the very least, it's not yet XXX rated. But still looks like a book I want to read.

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10 hours ago, Mark J said:

Have you considered what it would look like with the sapwood in the periphery?

Can't do that, my straight edge for joining the pieces will make the table way short.

 

After @RichardA's observation, a very acute one at that, I'm still going with the bookmatched boards. This table will compliment the Z chairs, so I've decided to call this the V table. Won't need any coffee table books on it for conversation starters, which was also a very acute observation by @Coop.

I guess I have a name for the story now....

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