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)
And trimmed the edges. One of the best parts of woodworking is that you smell delicious from shavings.
I am trying to decide on the base, need to finish the top and then… let the eating begin!
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:
The room is 8.5 feet long and 5.5 wide and has ONE 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:
- I don’t have a linen closet in this house, so I would like some storage
- 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
- I would looooooooooooooove (I mean really love) a sink
- Hanging rod is a must
- 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
Option 2: expensive counter top replacement, could I squeeze in a sink???
Option 3: Lots of storage but small counter top
Option 4: I’m loving this, but it’s the most work and most expensive. Would it be too squishy in there?
P.S. One of my early posts was a video on laundry and Mother’s Day! Happy day on Sunday to everyone out there!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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:
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:
Check out the feathering on the slab! Are you drooling?
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:
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.