Walnut and Bubinga Dining Set

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Project by descolada posted 11-24-2014 03:14 PM 3077 views 12 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is definitely my most ambitious project yet, I starting working on the table top just over a year ago, and now that the set is complete I’m very happy with the pieces and how they fit together. I posted the table and a prototype chair when I finished them, but wanted a post for the whole set.

I’m going to blame the lathe I got just after finishing the table for the delay in the chairs ;-)

The table top is curly walnut sequence cut, surfaced to 1.5”, and then glued up. The breadboards come from the same tree (- the bubinga inlay) and are pegged in place. The finish started with shellac and dark walnut dye to accentuate the figure, followed by a few coats of arm-r-seal seal-a-cell and a few coats of waterlox original gloss. It took me a few tries to get a uniform coat of the waterlox over the full surface.

The chairs are walnut, joined with a domino, with ~3/8” steam-bent bubinga backs glued directly to the sides. The sides were joined square, then rough cut to shape with a bandsaw, and routed to the template. Once the sides were together and to shape, I used the smaller templates to make sure the dominos for cross rails were cut in the exact same place on each side. You can see them, along with the bending form finishing my last back below. Finish on the chairs is 4-5 coats of watco tung oil finish.

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#1 posted 11-24-2014 03:35 PM

This project is very involved and has a very unique design and great woods A beautiful set that’s so well done.

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#2 posted 11-24-2014 04:13 PM

Out standing to say the least. Well done.

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#3 posted 11-24-2014 04:25 PM

beautiful pieces a lot of work

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 06:38 PM

Beautiful all around: design, wood selection & craftsmanship. You do excellent work.

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#5 posted 11-24-2014 09:09 PM

WOW…this is an incredible project. My hat is off to you. I especially love the table top.

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#6 posted 11-24-2014 09:29 PM

that table is gorgeous! I really like the overall look and design of the chairs as well, very simple and elegant. Nice job.

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#7 posted 11-24-2014 10:09 PM

Absolutely beautiful, love the design of everything. I can only image the work that has gone into this. Truly outstanding.

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#8 posted 11-24-2014 10:10 PM


-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#10 posted 11-24-2014 11:31 PM

Great work, Its beautiful.

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#11 posted 11-25-2014 12:50 AM

You sir, are a master craftsman!!!

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#13 posted 11-25-2014 01:17 AM

Excellent! Great design, beautiful wood. Super finish and workmanship.

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#14 posted 11-25-2014 01:26 AM

Man that is a beautiful dining set! That walnut is beautiful!

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#15 posted 11-25-2014 01:27 AM

Love it. The figure on the table top is awesome.

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