This past June at Junkstock, I purchased a big ol’ slab of black walnut from A&R Salvage. The slab was roughly 29”x18.5” with one edge of bark. A week before Junkstock-Harvest Edition, Mr. R&R finally had time to use the black walnut from Junkstock in June. Mrs. Keto and I were busy crafting indoors, so we sent the Misters outdoors to make a table. My only request was to use the walnut slab.
Mr. R&R and Mr. Keto removed the remaining bark and used the table saw to rough-square the ends. Even with the bark removed, the slab is still considered to have a live edge on two sides. One handyman went to work sanding the slab and the other handyman went to work creating the legs. The legs were made using a scrap of black walnut that was 5” wide and 2” deep with bark. They were cut to 19” tall.
The coolest feature, in my opinion, is how the legs were attached to the slab. The legs were placed at an angle to be located completely under the walnut top. The boys then drilled directly through the slab into the legs and inserted two maple dowels (with wood glue) to connect the pieces. The tops of the dowels were sanded smooth against the black walnut slab. I’m a fan of the visible color contrast.
The table top and legs were finished with multiple coats of poly to protect the wood and enhance the natural beauty of the black walnut.