Colm was one of the students at my Peters Valley live edge class and his table stood out both in terms of design and height. On the first day of class, he showed me an impressive looking walnut crotch slab and asked what I thought we could do with it. While discussing our options I showed him a recent live edge piece of mine, Mulberry Trio, and suggested that perhaps he could make an end or console table using three reclaimed bed legs that I brought to class with me.
We concluded that because the slab was thick enough, we could reliably anchor the legs into it and eliminate the need for supporting stretchers or aprons while providing the table with adequate structural stability. A table like this is not intended to go through intense use, abrupt side forces or be subjected to heavy loads, and it is best placed near a wall in a house that is free of toddlers, monkeys or Pokemon Go players…
So here was our plan…
- Form three tenons, one at the top of each bed leg.
- Trim the pineapple finials so that the upside-down legs have enough footing to stand on.
- Create three mortises in the “Y” slab.
- Saw kerfs through each of the tenons.
- Make wedges for each leg.
- Glue the legs in, including the wedges.
- Saw off the excess on the tenons and wedges.
- Sand the table.
- Paint the legs.
- Apply an oil based finish on the whole piece.
Next time I will show the next steps in his plan.
If you are interested in designing and working with live edge lumber, check out this previously recorded webinar from Yoav, “Urban Woodworking: Designing One-of-a-Kind Furniture” at shopwoodworking.com.