Live Edge Table Finishing Touches

Now I know why people charge so much money for live edge tables. I’m so excited I’m almost finished, thrilled to see it in the home, but also excited just to be done!

I filled the holes with epoxy (I’ll talk about this later)

epoxy work live edge table 2 epoxy work live edge table 3

And trimmed the edges. One of the best parts of woodworking is that you smell delicious from shavings.

Live Edge Black Walnut edging Live Edge Black Walnut edging shavings

I am trying to decide on the base, need to finish the top and then… let the eating begin!

Happy Creating

Laundry Room Reconstruction & Remodel

Before I start this post, I would like to apologize to my ancestors and many friends around the world that hand wash clothing. I’m ungrateful, I know.

I hate my laundry room. In all fairness I kinda hate doing laundry, so it’s only fair… It’s small, dark, boring and doesn’t use the space well. Here is what I’m working with:

laundry room renovation before

The room is 8.5 feet long and 5.5 wide and has ONE cabinet.

laundry room renovation one sad cabinet

It’s a builder grade room, barely. Yes, it’s much better than a closet or (cross your fingers) no laundry at all, I’ve lived in both scenarios with children! Still, these walls can do better. I’m enlisting your help. Here are the priorities:

  1. I don’t have a linen closet in this house, so I would like some storage
  2. I fold a lot of laundry in there so I need some counter space, I currently use the top of the machines as counter space
  3. I would looooooooooooooove (I mean really love) a sink
  4. Hanging rod is a must
  5. Of course cost is a major factor in all these decisions, if it’s expensive it’s gotta be really worth it

I have graphed four options for the reconstruction ( I do it old school like here) and I REALLY want some input. In the comments below, please let me know what you think! My sanity is begging you! (NOTE: on the layouts one square is 3 inches, on the front elevation each square is 4 inches)

Option 1: The easiest and cheapest

Laundry room revamp option 1 layoutLaundry room revamp option 1 front elevation

Option 2: expensive counter top replacement, could I squeeze in a sink???

Laundry room revamp option 2 layout Laundry room revamp option 2 front elevation

Option 3: Lots of storage but small counter top

Laundry room revamp option 3 layout Laundry room revamp option 3 front elevation

Option 4: I’m loving this, but it’s the most work and most expensive. Would it be too squishy in there?

Laundry room revamp option 4 layoutLaundry room revamp option 4 front elevation

Happy Creating!

P.S. One of my early posts was a video on laundry and Mother’s Day! Happy day on Sunday to everyone out there!

Live Edge Black Walnut Table “Proud as Punch”

Live Edge Black Walnut almost done (2)

My continuing education teacher Sheldon is a rock star. He’s helpful, kind, and so knowledgeable. I haven’t done a lot of this true woodworking before, but he knows the ropes. After lots of work was done we assembled the table to inspect it before gluing. Because the table is two inches thick it was clear I needed reinforcement when gluing so Sheldon taught me know to keep the table level by putting in “biscuits”. Check out a biscuit joint tool.

Live Edge Black Walnut Table Making Biscuts

My husband came to join in the heavy lifting fun this night and joyfully took pics because in our entire marriage (actually my entire life) I have never made biscuits before that evening. He was pretty excited– I guess there’s a first for everything.

After making biscuits it was time to glue. We decided to glue the project in two parts so when the two halves were glued  it would be narrow enough to still run it through the planer.  Glue and brace:

Live Edge Black Walnut Table Bracket 2 Live Edge Black Walnut Table Bracket 1 Live Edge Black Walnut Table Brackets 4

The project dried for a few days and then Thursday night class was a banner night. I hand planed and smoothed out the table for almost four hours. I planed. And planed. And planed. And you wanna know the craziest thing? I liked it. My arms a sore though, I’ve gotta be honest.

Live Edge Black Walnut planing 3 Live Edge Black Walnut almost done (6) Live Edge Black Walnut planing with Sheldon Live Edge Black Walnut almost done (8)

After hours of work using a jack plane, then a smooth plane, then a spoke shave (all new tools for me) Sheldon came to check my work. After careful inspection there was one part to fix but he said, “I am just proud as punch with the work you did tonight.” People, I felt so freakin cool, it was the best compliment ever.

Live Edge Black Walnut almost done (1)

Next steps, order the base from a welder (I wish I could weld!), then sand my arms off and then lacquer the beautiful beast. I am learning so much during this project that these posts are a far cry from a detailed tutorial, but, if you have any questions about the process ask and I’ll try to answer. Or at least I can ask Sheldon during my next class for you!

Happy Creating!

Live Edge Black Walnut Table

Live Edge Table

Photo by Comoorganizarlacasa

For years I have been enchanted by live edge tables. The wood grain and the rough but classic look is stunningly beautiful– no one does it like mother nature. (So says the girl that painted oak yellow.)

I have fallen in love again. First my husband, then my kids, and then this cry-your-eyes-out-beautiful slab of California Black Walnut:

Live Edge Black Walnut Table Selection 2

For my birthday my husband gave me my favorite gift ever “Thursday nights off for a year”. It didn’t take me long to maximize the time to take a community continuing education class. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN WOODWORKING, TAKE A CLASS! The hardest part of the 8-week course was deciding what to build… I am so excited about how my table is coming along I literally dream about walnut tables each night.

I couldn’t find any slabs wide enough for a dining table, so I bought a large slab and two more boards of walnut for the center. The wood selection process:

Live Edge Black Walnut Table selection

Check out the feathering on the slab! Are you drooling?

Live Edge Black Walnut Table Feathering

The slab might look small but it is 85″ long and 22-24″ wide. Because I wanted to have live edge on both sides of the table I had to cut down the center (which broke my heart!) to add the boards in the middle. After a lot of planing, measuring, and adjustments here is a rough idea of what it will look like:

Live Edge Black Walnut Table Half Way Glued

Are you as excited as I am!? I only have three classes left and a lot to do, but I plan on having this table until the apocalypse (and beyond) so it’s all worth it.

Happy Creating!

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