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cajunbuck
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Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
Thought i would share, as i haven't done this before and maybe somebody else would think its cool too. so i picked the slab, went with the middle one. 2.5" thick. Image: https://i.imgur.com/NvvbrNE.jpg


per my reading, i went with the pressure washer method to strip the bark
Image: https://i.imgur.com/sYUUDnc.jpg
Image: https://i.imgur.com/9dUcJpp.jpg


worked like a charm... stripped nekkid
Image: https://i.imgur.com/4us5TZb.jpg
Image: https://i.imgur.com/4us5TZb.jpg


Cut down to size
Image: https://i.imgur.com/5YTxyG6.jpg


Starting with 120. I like the fact of how soft the wood is, with the 120 you can really shape it pretty good and and get it how you want it. Image: https://i.imgur.com/8X9xGOp.jpg


Hopefully get it shaped real good this week and can start really smoothing it down getting ready for finish. so far, I'm really happy with it
This post was edited on 8/28 at 9:12 am


mylsuhat
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
Beautiful


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tenfoe
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
What's your plan for the legs/base?


cajunbuck
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
my first thoughts are hairpin legs. because they are very easy, and very accessible.

Image: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51PcyM-wO9L._SL500_AC_SS350_.jpg


then considered black iron pipe for a second option... not as easy, but still not too crazy of a task

Image: http://thelocker.typepad.com/.a/6a00e552ec1b3d88340168e6db3850970c-500wi


this is of course unless somebody talks me into another route, or has some better ideas
This post was edited on 8/28 at 9:33 am


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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
Really don't like those first legs.


tenfoe
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Really don't like those first legs.


Same. Not a fan of the pipe either. I'd want something more natural. Those curves in the slab would look funny to me on top of straight line legs.


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DirtyMikeandtheBoys
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
Try steel flatbar instead. looks super clean with the contrast in super straight lines industrial against the live edge natural of the wood. Very good design balance. You can also get creative and have the flatbar show through or wrap up and inlay in an edge

also where'd you get your slab. I am in need of one

Image: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57b6675ecd0f68c2b34451af/595bdceb8c60357a605f7bd8/595bdcec8c60357a605f7cce/1499192614323/?format=1500w width=400

Image: https://images.custommade.com/IkIrREx-WISpkNfCq88a2UPyKUY=/custommade-photosets/65133/65133.535246.jpg width=400
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cajunbuck
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
honestly neither of the sets of legs are my absolute favorite either, but for ease and accessibility, its kinda just what id found. this is going in my houseboat/hunting camp, so, even though i will make it nice, it doesn't have to be perfect or a showpiece or anything. I've seen the flat bar legs as well. they look good too.

i got my slab from a guy here in arkansas about 45 minutes from my house. 50 bucks. not sure if thats good or not, but i didn't care, it was a good price to me. theres actually a few places around this way that has them, this guy was the closest. and he was a hobbyist with one of those portable type band saw mills at his house, not like a commercial sawmill outfit


baldona
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
The industrial look is really in right now but I’m not sure I’d do that for the legs as I’m not convinced it will last very long.

Slab looks great though.


cajunbuck
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
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Slab looks great though.


its got a couple spots in it, but thats ok, I'm happy with it.

i know what you mean, I'm not trying to win an award or anything, and like i was saying, its just going in a hunting camp, albeit a pretty nice one, but still. functionality over style in this case i suppose


cajunbuck
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
got it slicked down to where I'm happy with it, all the edges and bad spots worked in pretty good and ready for finish.

Image: https://i.imgur.com/TrLEoKT.jpg
Image: https://i.imgur.com/5VFzK7y.jpg


finish right now is between boiled linseed oil or polyurethane...... i know a lot of folks think epoxy, but i don't think thats the route I'm gonna take on this piece. leaning poly.... anybody got any suggestions?
This post was edited on 8/29 at 8:06 am


rammerjammer24
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
what sort of finish are you planning on using? I love how this is looking and have always loved woodworking


cajunbuck
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
right now its between an oil finish (linseed oil) or clear polyurethane. I'm leaning poly, but it does make me a little nervous, strictly because of my inexperience with it


Splackavellie
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
Just curious, whats the approximate weight of a slab that size?


DirtyMikeandtheBoys
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
I did a kitchen table out of cypress with 3 coats of linseed oil (one applied every 24 hrs). Then I waited 48 hrs and applied polyurethane over top. I think I did 2 coats of poly with a 48 hr dry in between each coat. Finish came out really nice.

The linseed made the grain and colors pop. The poly shined it all up and protected it.


cajunbuck
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
now thats something i haven't thought about... using both. if i was gonna go with the linseed oil, i was just gonna apply it until it wouldn't take anymore and call it good. didn't think about poly after the fact.


DirtyMikeandtheBoys
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
Yeah the combo works nicely.


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cajunbuck
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
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Just curious, whats the approximate weight of a slab that size?


man, im gonna guess 40-50 pounds. its not crazy overwhelming or anything. its about 5 ft and change, and i think around 14" at the narrowest part. 2.5" thick


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Bigpoppat
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
Did you mill the slabs yourself?


cajunbuck
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re: Spinoff thread neatest build: DIY cedar slab coffee table
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Did you mill the slabs yourself?


i did not. i bought this one for 50 bucks. the guy was not a commercial outfit, but has a bandsaw type mill at his house. said it was 3000 bucks delivered. it was pretty cool. i saw it on Facebook, and he was less than an hour from me, so i figured what the heck


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