|Project by DoctorJ||posted 11-20-2014 01:07 AM||4508 views||14 times favorited||12 comments|
About 15 years ago I bought 2 big claro walnut slabs and promised that I’d touch them only when I had gained enough experience to build a project worthy of such beautiful wood. Here’s the result from the first one.
The design is inspired by a table built by Mark of The Craftsman’s Path (http://thecraftsmanspath.com/2007/10/24/asian-arts-and-crafts-inspired-table/)
The legs are made from cherry with 2 walnut spans on which the top lays. Mortise and tenon joints hold the frame together, and the lower stretcher is joined using a hidden sliding dovetail joint to give mechanical strength. The 2 walnut top support spans are notched and locked into dados cut in the tops of the legs.
The table top is about 19 inches wide and 60 inches long. It’s hard to show in a picture how much intricate grain is captured in this beautiful board – all credit to the Creator! To bring out this figure I used a finish using many coats of a home-made wiping varnish (spar varnish with paint thinner) a la Bob Flexner.
Note: I take no credit for the beautiful bowl in the picture.