Live Edge Entry Table
This project was designed by me with the idea of the family being able to use this as a changing table and then transition it into a entryway table for everyday use. The top is made out of a single black walnut slab sourced from a local sawyer in the Valley Center, Kansas area. The black walnut for the grain matched drawer fronts and crate fronts are also from the local sawyer. The poplar drawer boxes utilize hand cut dovetails with birch plywood bottoms. The base is made of poplar which I milk painted using two colors of paint with shellac between them. After everything was dry I sanded back in certain areas to indicate wear. This was a tough project for me because I am working on producing furniture of a finer design and doing that while making an item look rustic or in the farm house style was difficult but rewarding. I look forward to being able to blend this style with fine joinery and finishes in the future. This is my first project post so please excuse the messy shop in some of the photos.
Thanks Sean for holding the competition and thanks to Guy for being the guest judge.
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Finished Photo where you can see the grain match carried through the drawer fronts and the fronts of the crates. I took the outdoor photos about 2 hours after sunrise. I am not a photographer but read that was the time to take them. I think the color really came through in these.
Showing the grain on the slab top. This was the fist slab I have used and I was very satisfied with how it turned out. It is finished with Rubio Monocoat which was easy to work with. I want to try Osmo Polyx for the next one to compare the two.
You can see the finishing technique I used here. The wear on front was done to look as if the crates being pulled in and out had worn down the finish. The milk paint is General Finishes.
This was a test dowel. I wanted these to look "rustic" so I used a dowel plate and hand hammered them and chamfered the holes in the slats by hand.
To get uniform spacing on the slats and dowels I built a simple dowel jig and clamped it to each side and utilized it as a drill guide.
This is after Rubio Monocoat was applied.
I built a simple router sled and rails to do the flattening of the slab. The process was straight forward and super dirty, do yourself a favor and use a good respirator and the biggest router you have. This will take some time and prepare to get dirty. I found that if you take your time on this part you will have less sanding to do.
Base/frame construction is poplar with floating tenons. The shelves batlic birch plywood and are doweled in place .
Somedays it pays to have some long clamps!