Wood Slab tables are usually handmade and are very thick in size as they are made from the lumber of the tree that does not have proper finishing to it and you can see the barks to the side of the slab table as an example. Most common materials use in the South East Asia is Suar Wood. These tables are not big in size and are of the size of a tea table not the big dining table type so they can be seen in some contemporary business places. Both the legs of the table and the top are made of wood. Now there is a certain process to be followed while making this table.
The process is mentioned here.
- Firstly, the slab must be placed across two sawhorses and clamps must be placed on both sides to secure them.
- Both the ends of the slab must be cut now using a circular saw. Now you need it to be of your desired length so you must draw a line across by using a carpenter’s square. Usually the length of the table will be around 36 to 48 inches. It does not matter if you had the shape of perfect square or not so don’t worry.
- Now both the sides of the slab must be sanded using a belt sander perfectly to remove any present saw lines. You can leave the bark which is present or scrape it off using a knife too.
- Again the slab had to be sanded but this time using the orbital sander to round off all the edges of the slab. You can do this sanding on both the sides if you have removed the bark.
- Now the second slab must be placed as same to the first slab and step number 3 and 4 must be used on it too.
- For the legs of the table, a template must be cut now on cardboard after drawing it properly. One thing is important here, the width must be 6 inches less. Like if you are making a tabletop of 40 x 40 inches, the cutout will be of 34 x 34 inches.
- Now the templates must be placed on the slab and the slab must be clamped well so that the cutting can be done properly. If you have someone supporting in the work, ask him to hold one end, that will be good.
- Now it’s time to cut out the leg templates. Cut the first one and remove it, then attach other one with clamps and cut it likewise.
- Now clamp the legs on the sawhorse standing upright and drill four holes in them which will be evenly centered and spaced on their top using a drill. The depth must be 2 inches for each hole.
- Now ¾ inches of blind hole spotters, a small metal peg with a very sharp end at an end, must be placed in the holes. Now the legs must be put on the bottom of the tabletop as they will be when all finished. The sharp ends of the spotters will leave a spot for you so that you can know the spot to drill.
- Now check the spots and drill 2 inches holes accordingly in the tabletop.
- Now the use of glue is necessary in all the holes. Now the dowels must be put in the leg slab holes with rubber mallet. Now alignment must be done of the end of the dowels to the slab you are using as tabletop. Clamp must be used here to tighten the legs with the tabletop. Now the table must be left all night for the glue to dry.
Now there is a whole lot of things needed for this process. The list is given below-
- 2 wood slabs, 2 1/2-inches by 30-inches by 50-inches
- Circular saw
- Draw knife
- Orbital sander with 100-grit sandpaper
- Belt sander with 80-grit belt
- Drill bit, 3/4-inch
- Wood glue
- Blind-hole spotters, 3/4-inch
- Dowels, 3/4-inch by 2-inch
- Danish oil stain
- Rubber mallet
One tip can be given here, while using the circular saw please put both your hands on it as it can kick backward and injure you.