Originally Posted by GreenFrog
Damn, SG.. dat wood!
How much would a table like that cost? And how long does it take you to make something like that?
Edit: what's the purpose of those.. I don't know what the technical term is -- inlays..? The bowtie-looking pieces that are embedded into the surface?
Thanks GF! these are just some tables I turned out for around the house so I wasn't keeping after the time exactly, but I believe took about 3 days each.
The smaller table is a really junk slab (even though the grain is really sweet, IMO) there is pith running through it in two spots. The wood immediately around pith is unstable, so the bow tie is there to keep the wood from splitting further apart during seasonal changes. The same consideration is made for cracks.
Pith is basically a void running down the center of the trunk and each branch.
Originally Posted by Ataturk
Slab tables aren't really my thing, but I wish they were. I have access to a small bandsaw mill and could cut as many as I wanted. The hardwood around here's not so great though.
I've collected a fair number tools over the last couple of years, some new some old. Since I got real power to my shop I've been setting stuff up but not actually making anything. I am honestly afraid that I like tinkering with machines more than woodworking.
Maybe you'll move into building tools, I know a couple people who turn out more tools that cabinets.
Slab tables were what originally attracted me to studio furniture when I was a kid, but I feel I have a threshold for them, meaning I do not need every table in my house to be a slab table.