Modern Live Edge Waterfall Coffee Table Build

Modern Live Edge Waterfall Coffee Table Build


even though I just milled up a few slabs
that will be at least a year before they’re dry enough to actually use so I
purchased a few slabs from an austin-based sawmill called Greenwood
milling and made this live edge waterfall coffee table it’s called a
waterfall coffee table because you cut a portion off that turns into the leg but
you do it with a miter so that the grain is continuous from the top to this leg
the first step in the process was to fill in all of the very many cracks that
the slab had with epoxy I started off by flipping the slab over and taping off
all of the cracks and holes that I could see and this is so that whenever you
start pouring an epoxy it won’t just of course fall through the other side
I use painters tape for this however I got a lot of recommendations on
Instagram when I was doing this that tie vex tape is actually the better tape for
the job it apparently comes off a lot easier so just keep that in mind if you
do this project next was to flip it back over and start filling in all of these
crux and crevasses for this I’m going with a two-to-one
epoxy made by total boat and the two-to-one number means that it’s
two-part resin to one part hardener in each mixture however something I really
like about the total boat system is their pumps are designed to make this a
lot easier for you they simplify it to one pump to one pop and the pump
dispenses the two to one ratio for you after following the directions on the
stirrer time I started pouring it in the cracks
and you can see on this end crack that a once again use painters tape just so
that epoxy would have a stopping point now there are a lot of epoxy choices
that you can go with but the total boat system is very good at self leveling and
it’s also extremely clear on that note keep in mind that you could tent the
epoxy if you don’t want it clear what I would do is go through and pour in until
the crock had an overflowing amount of epoxy on top of it then I would move on
to a different area while that settled come back with the heat gun to get rid
of the air bubbles then once it set a little bit more I would fill it up again
and I would do this until it stopped taking any more epoxy if you’re needing
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now under flattening it out I started off with my large random orbital sander
and on this triton sander there are two settings and more aggressive and a more
gentle and since I got a lot of epoxy to remove I put it on the more aggressive
setting to start with and this made really quick work of getting it all
leveled out and then I switched it over to the more gentle setting to run along
on the entire live edge okay up next was cutting in the miter that will drop off
the portion of the table that will become the leg I’ll be using my track
saw for this and I started off by getting a square cut on the end of my
slab I mean kind of square I don’t have a true reference to get squares so I
balled it by using a square against my track and then lining it up with what
looked like a straight line down center and this will at least get me close so
now I can pull two tape references off of this cut and set up my track in order
to now cut the 45 I felt it over my track saw and just to
note if you have the Triton saw there is a foot you can move over into the truck
to keep it from falling off the track whenever you have it at a bevel instead
of trying to do it all in one pass I actually made it in three different
passes so I would make a pass set the depth a little bit deeper make another
pass and then repeat and this is the part that kind of confused me whenever I
was looking into this process so I made you guys a visual reference that’s
easier to handle than my two large slabs alright this is the cut that I just made
one 45-degree cut if I were to take the off cut and rotate it at a 90 you can
see that the miters don’t made up you would have to flip this off cut around
for it to do that but then of course you would mess up the flowing grain
orientation so now I have to make a second 45-degree cut in order to remove
their triangle piece so that it will made it perfectly to the top and that’s
the cut that I started setting up for next the important thing about this cut
is to take off as little material as possible from what will be the outside
exposed grain I’m once again using my tracks all and so I took my time lining
up the track as close to the peak of the cut as I could possibly get it and then
I once again took this in three passes okay with the hardest part done I now
started working on joining these two pieces together for this I’m gonna be
using the Triton duo Dowler however I did take out one of the router bits in
order to make it a single Dowler since my joint here is out of 45 I first set
my fence to match and then adjusted the depth of not only the fence but also the
plunge depth be where you are going in at an angle and you wouldn’t want to
plunge through your entire workpiece after getting the tool set up I put
together my slabs and marked off where I wanted the four dowel placements to be
cut in up now even though this is a simple tool to use I still took my time
making sure that it was one seated on the workpiece properly out of 45 and to
that both of the fences were flush up against the workpiece as I was plunging
in the bed before laying down any glue I’m gonna be attaching what’s called
glue up calls these are gonna be made out of plywood and use solely to make
clamping down on this joint a lot easier I grabbed a scrap piece of plywood and
cut it down the middle at a 45 degree angle next I took these and glued them
to my workpiece with the 45 degree angles facing away from the joint I
didn’t have a lot of time to wait on the glue to dry so for the application I use
tight bonds that can quit since it has a very quick set time while I left that
alone to set up for a few minutes I started working on the dowels any time
I’m using a dowel for a joint I always put in a spiral cut and this is to give
the glue some place to go whenever you put the dowel on the hole so that it
won’t seize up on you there’s a few different ways to do this but I use the
fan saw with my miter gauge set to the 45 and I very gently roll it and push it
through the blade at the same time once the calls were dry I flip the slab over
and applied painters tape right up to both of these 45s and this will prevent
a lot of hard cleanup work once the slabs are actually joined for attaching
I personally went with type on two and I started off by first placing a liberal
amount of glue inside each one of the dowel locations
a hammer the dowel Zen covered the rest of the joint and type on to and then
started putting things together and now you can see how these calls work by
cutting both of the outside angles on the calls to a 45 degree angle which
matches the miter joint that I have it gives me two parallel surfaces to get a
clamp in there and use the clamp strength in order to fully seat and
tighten down on this joint I absolutely love that trick I just think it’s so
cool after letting that set up overnight I took off all of the clamps and started
working on a cleanup first removing the tape from that inside 90 degree and then
clamping down the workpiece to start removing those plywood calls one reason
for making them plywood is so that you can share it down one of the layers I
found it to work best to use two chisels and work down the length of the plywood
until the entire piece pops off however it was suggested to me after doing the
glue up that you can lay down some construction paper or even parchment
paper or painters tape in between the call and the swab to make removing this
call even more of a cinch once removing the majority of the call I
used the chisel to get rid of the bulk waste then I came back with a sander to
completely clean it up and since I was sanding I went ahead and sanded the
entire piece to finish so I started off with about 80 to remove the plywood then
I went down to 120 then to 20 I cleaned it up getting all of that fine dust off
of it and then I started setting things up to start finishing the table I’m
gonna be finishing both sides and so I got four bench cookies out with a little
pointer step on it and I started off finishing the inside of the table first
after getting the underside coated I would flip it around use a 2 by 6 in
order to prop it up and then I repeated for the top surface I’m personally using
minwax wipe-on poly I love this finish as I find it the easiest one to not mess
up it’s very good at self leveling it doesn’t leave a high glossy plastic look
to your piece after it’s done it’s very quick to dry but it’s also very durable
as you can see I just pour it directly on my workpiece and then I’m using two
paper towels in order to smear it around nice and even the bark is a little bit
rough in order to get the finish on so I switched from a paper towel to a
rush in order to get into all the nooks and crannies on that bark now you do
gotta wait about two to three hours before reapplying so while that set up I
started working on the other leg for the table originally I was gonna go with a
wooden mesquite trapezoid which atropos away it is kind of the go-to leg for
this style of table I started thinking about it and I decided to go with a
bowtie shaped leg instead not a solid bowtie but just the outline of one even
though i milled some mesquite last week of course none of it’s gonna be dry for
another year so I made this leg from some three-quarter inch square tubing I
had I started off by drawing this leg to its exact size on a piece of
construction paper then I took it over to my metalworking side and started
cutting the three-quarter inch tubing to the size needed and to do this I would I
would really cheat I would just place the three quarter inch tubing down on my
drawing and use a squared few mark off where it needed to be cut in at what
angle and this not only worked great but it also worked very quickly after
getting all six of the pieces cut I first tucked them together and then
welded close each joint and i wella them close not really for strength but just
because I wanted to paint the leg and you’d be able to see an open joint if I
didn’t woke them close on that same notion I wanted this to be nice and
smooth so next I grabbed a grinder and grind it down each one of those seams
tore at the end of it it looks like the bowtie was made from one solid piece of
metal and just a tip if you end up doing this you can see that the top and bottom
horizontal pieces are on the top of the vertical pieces in this meant that I
needed to cut some pieces and cap off the ends however if you switch the
orientation and make the vertical pieces extend past the top and bottom then you
can avoid this step and the very last thing I did to the leg welding wise is I
cut some very thin flat stock miter the ends just to give it a little bit nicer
of a look and then tacked and welded it in place as well and this is going to
create a wider footprint on the underside of the table after getting
that stuck into place I’ve used a scrap piece of wood on my workbench and then
drill three holes across the length of it
at this point the first coat of wipe-on poly was dry on the table so I sanded it
all down using 320 grit sandpaper getting it prepped for the second coat
however I couldn’t resist attaching the leg before doing that to see how it
looked I used those three hole locations in the bottom of that flat iron in order
to attach it to the bottom side of the slab but then I continued on with the
finishing and total I did three coats of finish for this table now I made this
small coffee table for a chaise lounge of mine but keep in mind you can do the
same process for any table an entryway table a desk and end table there are no
limits it’s a relatively quick one but a very fun one and I have linked to other
waterfall table videos in the description if you’re interested in the
topic I hope that you’ve enjoyed this one I will see you soon

100 thoughts on “Modern Live Edge Waterfall Coffee Table Build

  1. My cat (Burleson, Texas Born!) likes your cat . . . it makes her look thin (~_^) Didn't have the heart to tell her "Not by much."
    I've called her my Tubby Tabby since I got her, and she grew into the roll.

  2. Great build! ..but something we over on the other side of the pond will never understand, is shoes inside and on the table hehe. No hate, just sitting here, shoeless and posting a YT comment, hehe

  3. 5:55 I'm prety sure this kind of cutting a groove into the dowels reduces their mechanical strength. Not only do you have an outer layer without continuous grain anymore, you have a periodical stress concentration pattern along the dowel. Instead, make yourself a dowel cutting jig – a hole with sharp edges drilled in a metal plate – with a hole slighly smaller (maybe just 1/32" smaller) then your dowels. Then file some gaps around the edge of the hole, leaving just a few narrow teeth around its edge. You can now hammer your dowels through that jig, and they'll come out with tiny grooves lengthwise. These no longer cut across the grain. Plus, hammering a piece of dowel through a hole that almost fits it is way faster and easier than cutting a spiral on the bandsaw.

  4. Just saw a bunch of your videos on facebook published by viral trend. Sort of annoyed me that they werent attributed to you.

  5. Wow, that was a really involved video. By the way, I prefer "West System to "Total Boat", not because Total Boat is inferior, it is a grat product, but, because West System is mor transparent than the other. Ecellent coffee table.

  6. really nice . I've been watching you for a good while now, and I must say you have honed a lot of your skills but I think your creativity has gone to another level." If you can imagine it , you can build it." take care

  7. I just found your channel, and I have to say, you're a great maker. You should collab with Bob from I Like to Make Stuff!

  8. Hello,
    I have subscribed to her channel.
    You help me with your tips!
    Within the next week you can see my first video – a tour through my workshop.
    I would be very happy if you would now subscribe to my channel so you do not miss my video!
    Greetings from Germany – from the city of Schwerin,
    sends you Michael.

  9. Thats some high level craftsmanship / craftswomanship!!
    Makes me wanna go to the local hardware store to buy and build stuff (after i finish binge watching all the previous videos.. +1 subscribe! 😁 )

  10. I picked up a nice piece of black walnut in Amish country last year and have been trying to come up with something to make out of it. I think a waterfall table would be perfect. Thank you for the idea and the detailed instructions on how to build one. You did a great job on this one! – Jeremy

  11. Someday…SOMEDAY….. I plan on building a live edge bar with the logos from all of the Big Ten sports teams for third row seating in my home theater. I love watching videos on how these are done. Thanks for this one. It has given me a couple of ideas.

  12. Big fan of your work. I'm thinking there should be a private branded April Wilkerson pre-scored dowels. It's a great idea and a great product. Thank you again for a great video.

  13. hey you got fat cat he looks like mine but my boy is nice a lean he plays runs and hunts a lot , now my dud on the other hand he black white tabby and fat cat your , nice video

  14. Whoa thats a fat cat… well loved. I like that your not afraid to use bow-ties on many of your projects. I've always fount the shape hard to seat into materials, but thats probably just my lack of practice. great video, make more.

  15. Great work and great looking table. You and Matt C are artists in the wood shop. getting back into woodworking after 30 years off and learning a bunch form you and Matt C. Keep up the great videos.

  16. hi April, it appears that the epoxy coupon is not working. Would you mind taking a look into that to see what is going on?

  17. Hey, hope this finds you well. I've been seeing this video reposted all over YouTube on various accounts with advertisements plastered over the top. Here's hoping these bots and leeches take a hike!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS0aWMx90lE&t=9s

  18. Your cat is cool, I just wanna hug him n squish that chubby furry orange face of his.

    The table turned out really nice as well.

  19. I like the way you plan things out… I sooo wish I had a bigger space to have a workshop. One of my next projects after I’m done is buying a welding machine. Check out my diy vids too! I'm finishing up my last project in my house.

  20. Thanks for the tip of using ban saw to put the spiral on the dowels….never thought to do it that way!
    Thanks👍🏻 Love to always learn new things….

  21. How do you find out about wipe on poly and do you have someone show you how to make that 45 cut or how do you find out about it. L I have hard time knowing which product to use. ove the way you explain everything very nice job

  22. April, for covering over the open ends of bar stock, instead of butting up the adjoining piece "as is" – cut off the three INTERNAL sides, leaving an outside "tail" that then becomes the "end cap".

    (edit – oops, did I notice a little rocking when you put your feet on it? – was it the floor or the table?)

  23. Did you run into any issue burning the epoxy while heating it? I think there was some deep sediment when I poured and the heat made the epoxy whiten with the little bits of sediment in there.

  24. Do places exist that let you rent tools instead of paying 1000s of dollars for specific tools you wont use that often

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