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Nakashima Inspired Walnut Slab Table #1: Bookmatched Walnut Slabs

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Blog entry by Marshall posted 12-09-2014 12:24 AM 2142 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife wanted to buy a new kitchen table. After much convincing, I was able to convince her that we should spend that money on a walnut slab rather than buying a set from a big box furniture store. I picked up this slab from a local sawyer before I decided on the final design. Usually, I’m much more methodical, and work out the design well before I buy lumber, but I couldnt wait for her to change her mind :)

Lucky for me, my neighbor owns a cabinet shop with a large Timesaver sander. He agreed to help me flatten the slabs. This is after being sanded to only 80 grit! I cant wait to see the grain after I glue it up and sand it down to 220!

In the mean time, I’ve been thinking about the design of the base, and decided on a Nakashima style. Thanks to the guys in the forums for the ideas and advice.

Next up is filling the cracks and bark inclusions, glue up, and final flattening.

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com



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#1 posted 12-09-2014 01:13 AM

Beautiful slab! Can’t wait to see the finished project!

-- Dean

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#2 posted 12-09-2014 05:17 PM

I like the walnut. I’d love to have it. LOL! I like George Nakashima. He was an architect first who learned woodworking later. My point is to consider the piece in relationship to the room and other pieces. If your an eclectic in furniture for your home It might work. Looking at the chairs My response is they may not work with the base design?

Your wife is your customer so she is going to have to live with the piece. Ask her what she prefers and choose a design for the table that she will truly love.

This is a great experiment.

Good luck!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 12-09-2014 05:18 PM

Marshall,

Hope I’m not out of line here! Just my thoughts. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Marshall

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#4 posted 12-09-2014 05:35 PM

Haha – not out of line. I always appreciate constructive feedback. Those chairs are for the existing table that the slab is laying on. They will be sold off on craigslist with the existing table. I’m going to buy inexpensive counter stools that will go with the table as much as possible until someday I get around to making chairs.

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com

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#5 posted 12-09-2014 05:40 PM

Marshall,

You are a man with a plan! Good luck and minimal mistakes! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 04-20-2015 01:02 PM

your dining room table is awesome. how much did the slabs set you back?

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Marshall

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#7 posted 04-20-2015 02:56 PM

Thanks Buck. I dont remember how much the slabs were for sure. They were in the neighborhood of $500.

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com

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