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post #1 of 11 Old 09-22-2018, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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What to do with a great piece of wood?

Hey. New to forum and 1st post.

I just got this nice 2 1/2 inch thick piece of walnut. It's about 12 inches wide and 11 ft. long. I've been woodworking for quite a few years on and off. Just depends on time and projects. I have a lot of tools so would have most power tools to complete most jobs.

Unfortunately I don't have any current needs so an just looking to built something for the fun of it. I'm thinking a bench would probably be the best use for this. Use the live edge and 45 the legs so it has a waterfall effect with the grain down the legs.

I'm open to any other suggestions on projects. If I do end up with the bench the do you think some biscuits will be enough to make the leg joints strong enough.

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-22-2018, 07:31 AM
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ideas based on the amount of "milling" ....

If you start with the premise "a limited amount of milling" ...
1. a floating shelf
2. a bench with metal welded legs.
3. a long, narrow table with welded legs

additional milling:
1. a bench with Walnut legs
2. a short, thick table about 5 ft X 20"
3. resaw into 1 1/2" planks for a table 10 ft long, requires a horizontal sawmill

some other issues:
Mitered legs with require a saw that will go about 3" plus on a 45 degree.
Handcut dovetails would look awesome, but require considerable work.
Eliminate one live edge so you can butt two halves edge to edge for a wider glue up.
A combination of welded legs and the thick top is a contemporary "IN" look these days.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Interested in seeing how this will turn out. Beautiful piece of wood.

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1) give it to me :)
2) cut board in half make a 24x60 table
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I suggest a console table about 42 inches long with a live edge wall mirror to hang above on a wall. There are some ideas in my photo gallery that might inspire you.

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I dunno, but I have grown tired of seeing raw edge wood slabs with black iron hairpin legs. They are a fine design, but it seems that everyone is doing it. They stopped being special a while ago.
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I like the idea of the 45 deg legs with the grain running down the legs.
I am in the process of building a day bed using a slab for the back and arms and have the sister piece that I was going to make a table out of, I might make the legs in that fashion
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I dunno, but I have grown tired of seeing raw edge wood slabs with black iron hairpin legs. They are a fine design, but it seems that everyone is doing it. They stopped being special a while ago.
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I read the OP's post and my comment above to my spouse last night. We are on a mini vacation in a small mountain village. This morning we were in the town store, and my spouse went to the small "gift shop" section.

She noticed these tiny "tables" with hairpin legs and brought them to my attention. They are about eight inches across, selling for $9.99. They were made in China.

I don't know what it says about raw-edged slabs with hairpin legs, but it can't be good.

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* Bottom with Hairpin Legs - Note that one leg isn't screwed in tight enough to hold its position.
* Price Tag
* Cracked Wood - Whoever made them didn't care enough to throw this one away.
* Cracked Wood Bottom - The crack goes all the way through.
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If you have access to a welder and an angle grinder, I think 1 1/2 sq steel tubing would make neat legs, weld it up in a leg and rail design grind off the welding to it is smooth, then polish all with a flap wheel in the angle grinder, then get some cold blue for guns and make the legs and rails blued, then turn some "feet" out of walnut to sit the steel on


I flap wheel will really polish up the steel to look like stainless


That is what I am going to do when I eventually build a live edge table I have had the wood for over a year, need to get going LOL

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Make the legs out of spot-welded 1.5" to 2" link chain.
Kinks and curves and spirals. Leg sets canted out at 15 degrees look right.

I like the little Chinese slab tables.
Those are what you need (sacrificial) under charcoal braziers on the table for cooking.
Mongolian Fire Pot. Hot Pot. Hibachi. They get a little toasted = good omen for meals.
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Do the bench with the 45 waterfall grain on one end and an inset mortise and tenon joint leg on the other end with a contrasting darker/lighter wood.
beautiful piece of wood. Good luck with it!
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