Walnut and Red Oak Slab Coffee Table

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 06-06-2015 10:53 AM 1091 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project. I really get a kick out of making small side tables and coffee tables.

Anyway, I found all of the wood via craigslist. The walnut came from an older gentleman who woodworked for fun and had had the top slab and the other walnut for the past 40 years. The bow ties were added more for effect than to prevent cracking. I don’t think that the cracks were going anywhere after the 40 years. I flattened the top with my Router and finished it with my no. 7 handplane which I have gotten mighty sharp. I only had to sand with 220 and 320 after that.

The red oak was bought from a woodworker who had passed away close by me, and had bought an entire tree from the Amish folk in PA.

The design on the side was my from my beautiful wife. She had it so there are three hearts, one for her, for my son, and one for me. I like being able to incorporate all of my tools into what I make so it was fun scroll sawing that out.

I made it also so we could open it from either side, to get whatever we are keeping in the drawers.

Finish is Tried and True Danish Oil and Tried and True Varnish Oil.

Thanks for looking,

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 06-06-2015 11:14 AM

Very nice work, I like the combination walnut and oak. thanks for showing.

-- andrek

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#2 posted 06-06-2015 12:57 PM

Look really cool Kaleb. Love the idea of drawers opening from either side. I have to try that since it allows for furniture to be displayed either way. Love the hearts too.


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#3 posted 06-06-2015 12:59 PM

Looks GREAT Kaleb!

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#4 posted 06-06-2015 01:05 PM

That’s quite a table, Kaleb. You really did a nice job on this. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-06-2015 01:13 PM

Turned out great, Kaleb! Love the bow ties, the hearts, the half blind dovetails,...all of it! Thanks for sharing, it’s been fun watching the build.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 06-06-2015 02:02 PM

Fine work Kaleb. That piece will be in the family a long time. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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Kaleb the Swede

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#7 posted 06-06-2015 03:21 PM

Thanks again for all the comments everyone

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#8 posted 06-06-2015 11:26 PM

Great looking table—I love that slab!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 06-07-2015 01:07 AM

Beautiful table, Kaleb. You sure got in a lot of nice joinery on this project.
A real sturdy piece of furniture! Nice going…..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 06-07-2015 10:13 AM the two woods together.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 06-08-2015 03:54 PM

nice work beautiful

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#12 posted 06-08-2015 05:38 PM

Nice table. I was wondering how you got the wood so dark. The I began to read, 40 + year old walnut will age that way.

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