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Thread: Project: Large Natural Edge Black Walnut Dining Table Top

  1. #31
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    Jim, that is a beautiful table top!

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    Great top Jim - and the steel legs better pretty substantial. What's the weight of that beauty?
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  3. #33
    Nice table top! Nice pics and explanation of the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Carey View Post
    Great top Jim - and the steel legs better pretty substantial. What's the weight of that beauty?
    I think that the top alone currently weighs about 200 lbs, give or take. And yes, the legs will be massive.
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    Thanks for sharing the prices. A younger me would have said those prices are high...my current self says they are a bargain!
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    Client just picked it up and his son-in-law, who's house it will live in, was very pleased with the table top. Everybody is happy...client, recipient and, of course, me...'made a few shekels on this one for pure labor.
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    Very nice. I would love to see the finished product. I like the curved ends.

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    Well done, Jim. And yes, would love to see the finished table.

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    I look forward to seeing the finished table, too. Really.

    Minor setback for the customer around the steel leg basses...the $3000 fabrication quote. One other welder is yet to quote and if it's still "up there", we may go to "plan B" and have me build something similar out of walnut or painted maple, adjusted as appropriate for the material. That decision should hopefully be made in the next few days.
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  10. #40
    I purchased legs from Stump Standards in Ohio. Wayne Stump was a pleasure to work with and (5 years ago at least) the prices were far more reasonable than $3000.

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    Steel, Prashun?
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    Yes. I was pleased
    Last edited by Prashun Patel; 10-02-2019 at 11:08 PM.

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    The client found an "up and coming" local welder to do the work for substantially less than the two quotes already in hand. "Substantially" is an understatement...
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    The client sent me a photo of the table top with the finish applied...and it looks great. He used something called "Emmett's Good Stuff" and applied 8 coats. He hopes to have the welded supports within the next week.

    Top-Finished-1.jpg
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    I can see how an uninformed person could say "other than handling the weight/size, that's not that complicated, or difficult to do". Straight line ripping, Domino, glue up, hand off to the drum sander and cut two curves with a template and a router. That would not take into account your initial design work plus your competence as a craftsman and your shop setup that allowed the work to look like it was not that difficult. That final photo says it all - a Jim Becker production. Nice work Jim.
    David

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