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Claro Walnut Slab coffee table or bench

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Project by Willie Wolf posted 03-01-2015 11:53 PM 1684 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table or bench is 18” tall and 72” long. Made of a Claro Walnut 2” thick slab. The legs are joined to the top with through wedged tenons.

The slab with flattened using a technique outlined in an issue of Fine Woodworking. Basically a router attached to a set of rails and a movable platform. Worked very well but generated lots of wood chips.

Project was sprayed with conversion varnish.

-- Willie, Ashland, Oregon





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gfadvm

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#1 posted 03-02-2015 12:53 AM

Beautiful! Is Claro walnut and English walnut or a grafted English/black walnut?

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Willie Wolf

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#2 posted 03-02-2015 01:24 AM

According to the Wood Database>

Claro Walnut is a commercially important tree species that’s used as rootstock on walnut orchards. The robust roots of Juglans hindsii are well-suited to the California climate, and are combined with grafts of English Walnut (Juglans regia) to produce a higher yield of walnuts. Beyond simply grafting the two species together, actual hybrid trees occur (though rather infrequently), and are sometimes called Paradox (Juglans hindsii x J. regia), and the wood is said to be slightly heavier than either of the parent species, and is marketed among woodworkers as “Bastogne Walnut.”

The wood of Juglans hindsi is commonly called Claro walnut by the lumber industry and woodworkers.[7] It is highly figured with a rich brown color and striking grain patterns, especially in the crotch areas, where large limbs meet the trunk.[8] It is used in small quantities to make fine furniture and gun stocks, and sold as slabs to make large natural-top tables because of its durability, good working properties, and swirling iridescent figure.

-- Willie, Ashland, Oregon

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#3 posted 03-02-2015 01:58 AM

Willie, I had seen that but if you read it, it really doesn’t answer my question. Sounds to me like the claro part is independant of whether it has been grafted with the English? No big deal. I have just always been curious about claro since we do not have it here but it looks similar/identical to our black walnut.

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#4 posted 03-02-2015 01:59 AM

Your work is well crafted and versatile.

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#5 posted 03-02-2015 12:29 PM

That is gorgeous! Great job! I love the through tenons and the look of the legs

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#6 posted 03-02-2015 12:34 PM

Fantastic. I love slab pieces and this one is beautiful.

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#7 posted 03-02-2015 02:45 PM

beautiful wood

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#8 posted 03-02-2015 05:20 PM

wood source?

i’m in the kansas city area, and walnut prices are absolutely outrageous. it’s more expensive than most exotics, and we have walnut growing everywhere.

what gives?

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#9 posted 03-02-2015 05:25 PM


wood source?

i m in the kansas city area, and walnut prices are absolutely outrageous. it s more expensive than most exotics, and we have walnut growing everywhere.

what gives?

- JeffinLSMO

Its trendy right now…. I’ve seen regular 4/4 walnut lumber for more than honduras mahogany.

Beautiful table btw!

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#10 posted 03-02-2015 05:27 PM

I really like the wedged through tenons… But, how do you account for movement in the single one on the end?

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

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#11 posted 03-02-2015 05:39 PM

Gorgeous piece… Love everything about it!Expecialy the through wedge tenons.

-- Tomy Hovington

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#12 posted 03-02-2015 05:44 PM

Gorgeous table, nice work.

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Willie Wolf

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#13 posted 03-03-2015 12:25 AM

Marshall,

The grain of the single leg is oriented the same as the slab so it should move the same as the top. The two legs on the other end is where a problem may occur but I am hoping that the crouch will minimize any potential issues.

I built the table in Ashland, Oregon where our humidity is around 25%. It has been at a gallery on the Pacific Coast town of Pescadero for 9 months where the humidity is at least twice that of Ashland. So far no issues.

-- Willie, Ashland, Oregon

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Willie Wolf

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#14 posted 03-03-2015 12:28 AM

Marshall,

Claro walnut on the West Coast can run up to $20 BF and is not easy to find. Walnut slabs are expensive if you can get your hands on one. Oregon black walnut is about $9-10 BF for dimensional lumber.

We pay a premium for cherry and white oak since it comes from the East Coast.

-- Willie, Ashland, Oregon

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#15 posted 03-03-2015 12:38 AM

Very nice, Willie. Added to favorites.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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