Jul 03, 2020

Weekend Project: How to Make a Floating Wood Slab Bedside Table

Nothing beats a big old chunk of wood. Fine joinery and glue-ups are great, but I'll take a solid slab any day. Sometimes, it's nice to be in awe of craftsmanship. But sometimes, it's nice to just be in awe of nature.   

Matt from Wood & Faulk came up with this clever way to showcase some live edge walnut slabs: floating bedside tables. They're attached to the wall with a bit of copper pipe and pocket screws, so they stay light while looking substantial at the same time. 

Nice, right? The biggest challenge is sourcing the wood. After that some measuring and sanding, a bit of pipe work, and you're off. Get the full how-to from Matt: 

Walnut Slab Bedside Tables [WoodandFaulk.com]




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Chris on Jul 13, 2015:

@Bryson - Yeah, that'd be awesome, and strong if you don't have solid plaster walls. How would one do that? Place a long mortise in the back, and hide the cleat in there? I also thought about those floating shelf-style brackets, like you see in IKEA LACK stuff. Fasten that to the wall, and hide it in a mortise. 

bryson on Jul 13, 2015:

How interesting! I love the copper arm element. Since it's a smaller, less heavy slab. I think I would have looked into a hidden french cleat system to secure this to the wall to create the floated look.