double waterfall table (2023)

Introduction

In this video we show how to build a Double waterfall entry way table. we used a piece of white walnut or "butternut", cut the live edge off and used multiple techniques and tools to accomplish this one of a kind table. Stay tuned to see the entire build!!

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Video

What's up everybody in this video we're going to show you how to make this awesome double waterfall console table.

So check it out all right.

So first, we have a slab here of butternut, which is also called white walnut.

And what I'm doing is I'm just trying to find the center of the slab.

The customer did not want live edge slab.

So we're actually going to cut the live edge off.

But before we do that I'm going to go ahead find the center and we're going to use this chalk box to mark the center so we're going to do that first and then we're gonna go ahead and cut off this live edge, and I will save it for another project.

So what I got here, I'm, actually gonna try out my new track saw for the first time.

And you can see here.

My camera messed up.

I didn't get the first cut, but you can see I cut off that first live edge.

So once we found the center, we were able to measure out and find the edges because she wanted 13 inches wide.

And so we measured from that center.

Mark, seven and a half inches, excuse me, six and a half inches to get that other side.

So six and a half inches is half of 13 so that's, why we got our measurements here, what's cool about this track saw as the guide doesn't slip.

It has this anti-slip thing.

And I took it.

I put it to the test really see if it would slide and it doesn't, you can see that here and you'll see me kind of work out all the kinks.

Because my first time using a track saw cutting all the way through and the depth of the cut and all that stuff.

But man, I tell you I'm really happy that I bought this piece of equipment, because it saved me a lot of time.

Um, it was expensive, but what I didn't save in actual cash.

I saved in time, and it ended up paying for itself.

So what I'm doing here is I'm just cutting off that live edge.

So I can have a nice, rectangular piece of wood.

The saw wasn't going as deep as I thought.

So I was trying to cut all the way through and we're actually going to see how well this thing this track stays see if it slides around, but it actually doesn't does a really good job and you'll see that here we started the cut finished.

It was actually a pretty clean transition.

I don't think there was very much of a step at all, but we came back and cleaned up anyways as you know, I'm, not wearing any ppe.

So don't do like me and actually put a dust mask on it's made a lot of dust it's harmful.

If you breathe it in, I was so distracted by using my new tool, I forgot to do that, but you can see the live edge here.

We cut both pieces off the next step here.

You can see this crack on the end we're going to go ahead and cut that off, um, so I'm, just making a mark here to cut that checking off, because I don't want to crack later on in the future.

So you can see I made a mark well past that spot there that was cracking.

So we get that all cut off once again, got our tracks all I didn't need to do it this way, but I just want to have fun and use it.

And you know, why not I need to get experience so we're using this festool ts75 to get the job done just making a cross cut here.

I use that line on the reference to get myself a square cut.

And the guide just follows that line, it's pretty easily actually all right now we're going to go ahead and measure the legs.

So because this is a waterfall table, what that means is the grain wraps down the sides and follows all the way to the ground so use the same slab to make the legs and the top out of one piece.

So I was just measuring to see what I got to see if I could cut this other check off the other side.

And we had enough, it worked out really nicely.

You never want to make a full pass two and a half it's like two and an eighth inch thick, um, you just it binds up the saw you want to make a few shallow pass passes to get it cut off that's the safest and easiest way to do it.

You can see it here, that's, what I'm doing here, because my first time cutting a miter on this.

I had my friend justin here.

Help me hold the track.

I need to get clamps.

I didn't have any.

But this track saw was the only thing that would cut an eight quarter slab on a 45 and go all the way through.

If you see here, the slab is actually slightly larger than that it's more like two and uh, 3 16 of an inch more like nine quarter, um, and it didn't make it all the way through.

But there was just a hair that didn't go through.

I was able to break it off, which you'll see here in just a second, the best way to do this would actually have it up on a table and have clamps on the track.

So it doesn't move.

But like I said, I didn't have any of those clamps.

They are on order, but I really needed to get this job done, um, because of covid we had, um tools behind this one.

This tool actually took me almost a year to get, which was pretty crazy, just because of the lead times on machinery.

So you'll, see here, I'll get it cut all the way through almost and how we have to kind of bend it backwards to break it off.

Nothing a sander couldn't fix.

But normally you want to break you want to cut all the way through the piece you can see, it was just a hair of material left.

But the sander went ahead and cleaned it up nicely.

So that's, the first leg, um and to get a waterfall, you actually have to take two 45 cuts out, um, it leaves us like this little triangle piece.

But that way the grain follows from the top down, the sides you'll, see once I start putting these together what I mean, but we just want to cut this little triangle piece out see.

And now we have the 45 that we need to match the top.

We do that again for the other leg.

And once we have the two legs cut, obviously, we have everything to make the table, which is a top and two legs.

The goal is obviously is to keep the grain running all the way across the top and down the legs and that's.

What gives you that waterfall it's actually, really, really pretty okay.

I just just kind of laid these up here.

But now you can see why I did the miters the way that I did.

You can see they're, not they're still a big gap, because I haven't pushed them together, there's balanced right now, but that's, essentially how it's going to be double waterfall all that means is the grain comes up, looks like.

I have the sides on the wrong side, but double rainbow.

No, I mean, yeah, I think that goes over here you see that and that why not I guess that doesn't work? Yeah, yeah.

I guess you're, right.

You're, right? But anyway, same principle, but you can see my myers are pretty on point, they're, both kind of line up.

Yeah.

So it's gonna look pretty cool all right time to sand isn't.

It do you think it's weird being on camera and trying to act normally it's.

It is weird it's like you gotta perform there's like a whole audience here, but there's, not actually an audience.

Here it's just me just me.

So the next step here is the glue up.

And what we're going to use is a dowel jointer.

And here I'm just marking out where I want the dowels to go.

And I want them to match on both boards.

So I have each piece laid out in order.

So I know that each measurement is accurate, obviously, the most accurate would be to use some calipers instead of a tape measure.

But this is what I had at the time.

If you guys have seen my place before I actually have a shop at my house, but I'm, actually using work, my full-time job until the new shop is being built here, I'm just extending the lines.

So that the line on the dowel jointer is easy to see on the dowel jointer itself.

It has this guide line to kind of show you where the dowels are going to go, um.

And it puts two dial marks one on each side of that line.

So that's all I'm doing here is just extending these lines.

So we're going to go ahead and extend the lines down onto the glue surface.

Just so I know that things line up it's, really all we're doing here.

And we actually get to use the dowel jointer here.

You'll see me use it.

Now we'll have a video coming out on the this dowel jointer, which is actually a really really awesome and easy product to use.

This thing worked really well, we're going to do three sets of holes per each joint, because I really want to be strong.

And here you can see this thing can be moved on to a 45 degree angle.

So that we can get the correct angle.

We want the dowel to be going diagonal in the joint here, we're going to do a little bit of a slow-mo.

Look how much dust is coming out of that thing.

Wow, remember use the p-e-e p-p-e all right we're going to fill the holes up with some glue, put some dowels in and um, I should have a brush here.

First spreading the glue on.

But I don't, but lord gave me 10 little small, spreaders so we're going to use those to spread the glue around on the joint.

You do want to make sure you have a lot of glue in there.

And you want a lot of squeeze out if you can see this, I have those little triangles taped onto the back to give an edge to clamp to, but you'll be able to see here in just a second that the tape did not hold very well at all.

Um.

So I had to do one leg at a time and kind of change up my my gluing.

Because this thing did not work all right.

The little block came off when I put too much pressure.

So we decided to get some bar clamps and luckily, still square.

So we're square, we're, good got good squeeze out along the whole bottom.

So we're, good I'm gonna let this I'm gonna do one side at a time, let it dry now flip it around all right now, we're gonna get to sanding.

And in the video clip that you'll see here soon when I'm putting the finish on, you guys really need to be efficient when you sand.

And what I mean is use a light and go over all the little spaces to see what you're missing.

I actually missed a little strip you'll see here in the middle in a minute.

And my wife gives me a call at least.

I think this is my wife calling me.

So I had to take a quick minute talk to the wife and then we'll get back to sanding always going to make time for the wife all right.

So you'll see later on the clip, the spot that I missed, um, you can actually see one on the back of this leg here that needs to be sanded out some staining from the straps.

So what I'm saying is in the light that I had, I didn't see this until it was contrasted in the video and actually had to sand the finish back off and refinish, but end product came out nice, but I could have skipped that whole step having used a light to kind of look at the surface in a different angle we're, starting off with 100, grit we're going to 120 and then we're going to move to 220 grit sandpaper, we're actually finishing with excuse me, 180 grit we're going to finish with 180 because we're going to be using rubio mono coat as a finish.

And this is going to be a tinted rubio monocoat.

And it requires 180 as the finish sanding.

So you can see here that little strip in the middle that I was talking about.

I didn't see it until I watched the video back.

And I saw this in a different light.

When I moved the table, I could see it plain as day.

But in this vid in this portion of the video, I could not see it so go back to what I was saying is we really want to pay attention to the details.

If you want a more detailed video on how to finish with rubio monocoat, I have them on my youtube channel, and you can click up here at the top corner.

If you want to do that, yay, hey, you.

FAQs

What is a waterfall table? ›

The "waterfall" refers to how the grain will seamlessly run from the table top into the primary leg support. Matt will even show you how to create a cool flowing water table design as well.

What angle should miter joints be cut? ›

A miter joint is made by cutting two pieces of wood at an angle so that they fit together to form a corner. The angle of the cut is usually 45 degrees, but it can be any angle.

What is a waterfall calculation? ›

Waterfall calculations are used to allocate cash flow among two or more partners based on their agreed-upon return parameters. In this course, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, brings his prior commercial real estate experience to the forefront by walking you through assembling a waterfall calculation from scratch.

How should a waterfall chart look? ›

A waterfall chart shows a running total as values are added or subtracted. It's useful for understanding how an initial value (for example, net income) is affected by a series of positive and negative values. The columns are color coded so you can quickly tell positive from negative numbers.

Should I do a waterfall counter? ›

Waterfall kitchen countertops are showstoppers. If you want your kitchen to be unique and impressive, this is a great solution for you. The stone on the side of the cabinets also acts as a protective barrier, shielding the cabinets from normal wear-and-tear. The waterfall design is incredibly versatile.

What are the disadvantages of a mitre joint? ›

For woodworking, a disadvantage of a mitre joint is its weakness, but it can be strengthened with a spline (a thin wafer of wood inserted into a slot, usually arranged with the long grain of the spline across the short grain of the frame timber).

What is the strongest way to join two pieces of wood? ›

Mortise and tenon joints are a classic method of wood joinery known for both strength and elegance. A peg, or tenon, is cut into the end of one board to fit snugly into a hole, or mortise, on the adjoining piece of stock for a strong joint.

What are 4 types of lap joints? ›

They include full lap joints, half lap joints, cross lap joints, mitered lap joints, and dovetail lap joints.

What is the best tool to cut lap joints? ›

DIYers and carpenters can cut half-lap joints with a table saw, circular saw, router, radial arm saws, or even a hand saw. Half-lap joints are versatile, quick, and relatively easy to accomplish.

Are half lap joints strong? ›

Half laps are strong enough to work in structural walls or frequently used household furniture. Here are some of the most common uses: Picture frames: Mitered half laps are particularly popular among frame makers because they provide secure fastening options while retaining the classic look of a mitered joint.

Is caulk or wood filler better for seams? ›

Wood filler should be used for gaps or cracks that you want to sand perfectly smooth and then paint or stain. Caulk should be used in corners or seams that need a little flexibility as the boards might shift over time. You do not typically sand or paint over caulk.

Do you use caulk or wood filler for miter joints? ›

Use wood filler, or spackling, to fill nail holes, dents, and cracks on wood trim. You should use caulk to fill gaps or joints between trim pieces and/or drywall.

Do you caulk mitered corners? ›

You can caulk outside miters, but wood filler works better. Use a putty knife to spread the wood filler in the gap, allow it to dry, and sand it smooth for a perfect outside miter.

What is the difference between miter angle and bevel angle? ›

A miter is an angled cut made across the face, or width, of a board. A bevel is an angled cut made through the thickness of a board. Any miter saw can cut a miter and a bevel, depending on how the board is placed onto the saw.

Why is my miter cut not lining up? ›

Usually if you still can't get the miter joint to close perfectly, it's because you either cut one piece too long (or too short), or the blade itself was not perpindicular (90 degrees) from the base. That would essentially make it a compound angle cut, even though you didn't mean to.

What is the best saw to cut miter joints? ›

For the optimum miter-cutting accuracy and ease, use a compound-angle power miter saw.

What angle should a 3 way miter joint be? ›

Most 3-way miter joint angles are cut at 45-degrees, but similar to other forms of mitre joint, the exact angle may vary.

What is an 80 20 catch-up? ›

The catchup is defined by two elements: an allocation (usually 80% for the LP, 20% for the GP), and a target (in relation to the carried interest).

Does the waterfall method work? ›

Advantages of the Waterfall methodology.

Developers can catch design errors during the analysis and design stages, helping them to avoid writing faulty code during the implementation phase. The total cost of the project can be accurately estimated, as can the timeline, after the requirements have been defined.

How do you set a total in waterfall? ›

To designate a data point as a total or subtotal, double-click on that data point (in this case, the ending balance). In the Format Data Point pane, check the "Set as total" box. Now the chart will display that value as a total or subtotal instead of adding it to the other values.

What are the disadvantages of a waterfall chart? ›

Disadvantages of Waterfall Charts

Without a common baseline, it can be difficult to compare the individual segments. Even with labelling, it can be tricky for a viewer to see the true differences between the bars.

Can you stack a waterfall chart? ›

You can choose to make either a standard Waterfall Chart or a Stacked Waterfall Chart. It is not necessary to enter any formulas, just select your data, click the Waterfall Chart command in the Ribbon, set a few options, click OK and Excel bridge graph is ready.

What are leader lines in waterfall chart? ›

Another common feature of Waterfall charts is leader lines, or step lines, that connect each value within the Chart (as you can see below in Figure 1). These can easily be added to any Waterfall chart by overlaying a second level of data into the chart.

Are waterfall countertops still in style? ›

Interior designers and design experts are not calling for the end of waterfall countertops just yet. The clean lines still feel very modern even if the style has been around for decades, notes Precision Countertops.

Does a waterfall countertop touch the floor? ›

While traditional countertops end at the edge of an island or peninsula, waterfall countertops extend past the sides, dropping all the way down to the floor.

Are waterfall countertops more expensive? ›

Waterfall Countertop Cost

Installation will run you as much as $100 per square foot. These costs are no different than what you'd pay for the materials and installation of a conventional countertop. Of course, you'll need more material — but the cost per square foot is typically the same.

How do you make a waterfall edge? ›

Waterfall edges are created by cutting a miter joint between the horizontal and vertical surfaces. The miter doesn't have to result in a 90-degree corner, but it commonly does.

What is a waterfall miter? ›

A waterfall miter joint is a joint on a slab table that allows the grain to flow right through the joint, giving the appearance of a seamless waterfall.

Are waterfall edges out of style? ›

Waterfall countertops are not going anywhere just yet

Interior designers and design experts are not calling for the end of waterfall countertops just yet. The clean lines still feel very modern even if the style has been around for decades, notes Precision Countertops.

What is the correct depth of a housing joint? ›

Housing joints

The through housing joint – The depth of housings should be restricted to about one-third the material's thickness.

What tool is used for housing joint? ›

Sawing the Housing

Use a Chisel to Pare away waste and cut a 'Vee' groove to guide the saw. 'G' Cramp the board to the bench top and, if needed (e.g. especially on wide boards) clamp a length of timber along the edge of the Housing to rub the saw against and guide it.

What is the best tool for making angled cuts? ›

An angle finder, also referred to as a “miter protractor” or “angle gauge,” is a valuable tool when cutting pieces of wood to meet an exact angle. A good angle finder should be precise, reliable, easy to use, and durable.

Is a waterfall edge modern? ›

Waterfall countertops are considered more of a modern style. I do feel its more likely to not go out of style if it's based on a good, clean design. It's almost a dramatic way of displaying a beautiful countertop. So, be picky about the countertop material you are choosing.

What is a waterfall edge called? ›

Brink. The top of the waterfall. More specifically, the top edge from which water falls. Also referred to as the crest.

How thick is a waterfall edge? ›

How thick is a waterfall countertop? A waterfall countertop's sides and top will typically be around 2 to 3 inches.

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