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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 07-15-2014 02:16 AM 2606 views 4 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small table I made as a wedding present for a dear friend. It’s made of American Black walnut and the butterflies in the top are ebony.

The design is from a Limbert Tabouret table I saw in Popular woodworking. Instead of going with the usual white oak, I took a risk. Bearing in mind that that the young lady I’m making this for has spent time as a missionary in China, I decided to give the table some Nakashima/Asian influence. So, I selected a piece of walnut with a natural void and added some butterflies. Literal butterflies. I also liked the symbolism with the two butterflies and marriage.

I did goof and get the grain direction wrong on the butterflies, but they’re 3/8” thick and should still be fairly stable. The finish is natural danish oil, satin poly, and walnut Howard’s paste wax. I was pretty happy with how it turned out and it felt good to give it as a gift.

Some pics of the build.


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Pattern routing:

Quadrilinear rabbet:

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Questions and comments always welcome, Red

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer





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#1 posted 07-15-2014 02:19 AM

Turned out beautifully. Really nice and I am certain the bride and groom will treasure it.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 07-15-2014 02:19 AM

Looks great Red. I think the risk paid off for you. The walnut is fantastic.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#3 posted 07-15-2014 02:22 AM

beautiful build Red ,if i ever get married your invited to the wedding :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 07-15-2014 02:22 AM

Looks great. It really turned out nice. The stealth bomber inlay is pretty sweet too.

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#5 posted 07-15-2014 02:29 AM

Love those butterflies, nice work!

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 02:48 AM

Very nice work. You made a very classy piece and still let mother nature shine through.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 03:07 AM

Looking great.

As you could tell from my coffee table and end tables, I’m a huge fan of the mission/stickley furniture in Walnut. No risk taking, there.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 03:13 AM

Awesome table Red! What’s next?

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#9 posted 07-15-2014 03:15 AM

Thanks for the kind words folks.

Paul, I’ve got an itch to make some white oak outdoor furniture;-)

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#10 posted 07-15-2014 03:26 AM

Turned out real nice Rojo! Aren’t ebony butterflies an endangered species?

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#11 posted 07-15-2014 03:35 AM

Very cool, and I really like the butterflies.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#12 posted 07-15-2014 04:45 AM

That 4-way rabbet joint is amazing, and the table looks great. Nice job.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 07-15-2014 06:19 AM

Good stuff Red. Giving a one-of-a-kind gift feels as good as it does receiving. Well done.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#14 posted 07-15-2014 10:52 AM

Wow Red! Leaving that crack in made it stand out all the more. Great gift and execution

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#15 posted 07-15-2014 12:25 PM

Really well done Red. What a fine gift…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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