September 20, 2021

Woody Woodworking

and its tools

$9000 Giant Wood Slab Desk — One Man Woodworking Shop

2 min read

This comically oversized slab desk build is thanks to Skillshare. The first 1,000 people to use this link will get a 1 month free trial of Skillshare:
This live edge walnut desk started out as a massive 65" wide single slab of locally salvaged Bastogne walnut. Not just any Bastogne though. This particular slab was so nice that it was stashed by the mill owner until they ran out of room and finally decided they were willing to sell it to me. Working closely with my client we added features like bow tie/dutchman joints across the crack, very unique handmade table legs, and I even added a rather cutting edge ceramic wood finish. I hope you like it, let me know if you have any questions!

Related videos and blogs:
One-on-one consultation:
How to finish a table:
Bow tie inlay (no talking)

Items used in this video:
Black Forest Ceramic Finishing Kits

Table legs:
Angle grinder:
Aggressive wire wheel:
Festool Track Saw:
Liquid glass epoxy (deep/slow):
Table top epoxy (touch-ups/fast):
CA glue:
Kutzall ball nose burr:
Mold caulk:
Mold release:
Black dye:
Paddle mixer (small):
Mafell track saw:
Threaded inserts:
Festool Router:
Roundover bit:
Cheaper router alternative:
Carbide scraper:
Lightstick (now $55):
Mesh sandpaper:
Table finish:
Raw wood cleaner:
Gem buffer:
Photography light (similar):
White buffing pads:
Maroon pads:
Furniture bolts:

0:00 Intro
1:05 Slab cleanup
2:04 (initial) Slab flattening
2:58 Partial epoxy form
3:59 Filling wood crack with resin
4:56 (final) Slab flattening
5:30 Touch-ups and sponsor talk
6:58 Recessing table leg mounting plates
8:08 Bow-tie inlay
10:57 Live-edge cleanup
12:13 Filling tiny pits and imperfections
12:49 First coat of finish
14:15 Second coat of Rubio Monocoat
15:16 Black Forest Ceramic finish
17:50 Final reveal of the live edge desk and costs
Instagram: @blacktailstudio

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