Nakashima Inspired Coffee Table

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Blog series by PittsburghTim updated 10-06-2012 10:46 AM 7 parts 32153 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: The Wood

08-12-2012 12:24 AM by PittsburghTim | 4 comments »

Let me preface this with a wanring that I am not a pro, just a weekend woodworker and an experienced DIY’er. This is my first blog and I hope you enjoy reading it. A dear friend of mine saw a coffee table that I had made from a piece of crotch walnut with very intense figure. She asked if I would make one for her and her husband’s new home. We took a trip to my favorite lumber yard (Keim Lumber) in Ohio and selected a two inch thick, ten foot long slab of walnut with some bu...

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Part 2: Epoxy Fill and Cleanup

08-17-2012 07:31 PM by PittsburghTim | 0 comments »

After cleaning the bark, the next task at hand was to fill the large crack in the top and the slab for the legs with epoxy, I used blue masking tape to cover the openings on the underside and the sides of both pices of walnut and placed them both over plastic/paper drop cloths from the depot. Their cheap and protect my benches and floor. I used System 3 mirror coat two-part epoxy, mixed according to the instructions using some cheap plastic mixing cups from an autobody supply house. I p...

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Part 3: Wenge Inlays

08-21-2012 01:14 AM by PittsburghTim | 4 comments »

To prevent the large crack in the branch portion from moving and for a decorative touch, I wanted to add dutchmen from a piece of wenge, selected by my friend and the eventual owner of the finished table. I have owned the Freud template routing set for many years and finally used it. I purchased a clear plastic router base to mount the template to my Porter-Cable plunge router as the adapter provided with the router was very hard to center. After practicing on a few scraps, I routed the wa...

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Part 4: A Leg to Stand On

08-24-2012 11:28 PM by PittsburghTim | 0 comments »

After toying for some time with the idea of using one long leg along the straight side of the top and a turned leg on the other side, some testing with a mock-up convinced me that it was just not goinf to be stable. I turned towards another idea that would still use one long leg down the center of the table with one cross-leg, if you will, off center in both directions. I think that the leg design will be stable, yet is not too heavy looking. It still needs some final fitting before I sa...

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Part 5: Legs are complete and ready for finish

08-31-2012 09:37 PM by PittsburghTim | 2 comments »

I had the day off and spent it doing some final fitting, sanding, and assembly of the legs for a natural edge walbut coffee table. The slab was 2 1/4 inch think and has supplied the wood for the entire table. My friend wants a satin, hand-rubbed finish and I plan to use General Finishes Satin Oil-based Arm-r-seal. I will do the legs and the underside of the top first and then finish the top after final assembly. Thanks for looking, Tim PS I couldn’t think of a much better...

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Part 6: Finishing

09-30-2012 01:38 PM by PittsburghTim | 1 comment »

My friend did not want a high gloss finish, but a more natural looking finish that would still be durable. I decided on Arm-r-seal wipe=on oil-based finish as I have had good luck with it on other projects. I first applied a seal coat of shellac. Following a light sanding, I then applied two coats of Crystalac water-based grain filler to fill the very porous walnut, sanding between each coat. Finally, I applied several coats of satin Arm-r-seal, thinned slightly with mineral spirits t...

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Part 7: Final Assembly and Done

10-06-2012 10:46 AM by PittsburghTim | 1 comment »

So, I planned on final assembly of the top to the legs last weekend. I wanted to use the figure 8 style connectors to allow for seasonal wood movement. I drove to the local Rockler store to find that they changed suppliers. These parts are now stamped steel and both stamped countersinks are from the same side of the connector, rendering them useless as far as I could tell. The store manager couldn’t understand this either. I went home disappointed that I would have to order these c...

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