Walnut farmhouse table

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Project by Chainjack posted 02-12-2015 02:53 AM 1055 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This kitchen table build was a request from my wife, as our Craigslist-acquired Ikea table had seen better days.

The top is made from two Peruvian walnut boards that I purchased rough from a small hardwood shop. I had it planed at a mill shop since my 6in jointer couldn’t handle two 10’x10”x1” boards, save an act of God. No stain on the top, that’s the natural color. It’s finished with Minwax polyurethane for durability (I have two boys under 5). I had to fill a few knots with epoxy, which was surprisingly easy.

The base is made from hardware store pine and was painted (primer and oil paint) to match our cabinets. Since my lathe isn’t big enough (yet) I bought the legs. The table top is held on by cleats to allow for movement over the seasons.

A word to future me: When the weather is below freezing, do not attempt to use satin polyurethane and expect it to come out anything but ultra glossy.

It turned out great and my wife is very happy, which is all that really matters.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 02-12-2015 02:55 AM

That is a beautiful colour for the top!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 03:22 AM

I can’t take any credit for the color, other than wood choice. Peruvian walnut is really, really dark. It must be all the sun it gets.

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 04:32 AM

Fantastic table! I especially love the glue up workshop! I bought several small peruvian walnut boards a while back when they were on sale and this makes me want to make something with them now!

-- If you are going to make it, make it last.

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#4 posted 02-12-2015 04:46 PM

The glue up workshop is simply my kitchen. I needed a dead-flat surface and our granite island fit the bill.

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#5 posted 02-12-2015 04:58 PM

I like your table, well done. I am making one about the same size out of Poplar for my niece, and I understand about the punishment 2 little boys can give a piece of furniture. Good job.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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