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Helder Peixoto and the live edge coffee table that he built during my class at Peters Valley last summer.

A Coffee Table From a Burl Slab, Part 1
A Coffee Table From a Burl Slab, Part 3

After Helder finished flattening the burl slab, he milled some oak and formed three blanks for the legs. The next morning I showed our group the style of faceted legs that I have developed for my stool making class (It’s our 8th grade project, and you can read more about this design in this link). Later that day, over a cup of coffee, Helder and I discussed the design of his specific legs. He decided to push the generic design even further and experiment with an octagonal leg. Helder drew the facets on the blanks and, with a plane, shaved off the triangulated facets. Holding the blank in an auxiliary vise jaw or, even better, a grooved jaw such as the one I wrote about in a past


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