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Project by Russel posted 05-10-2009 02:02 PM 1619 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like working with rough lumber from a sawmill. I find that I get better boards at a lower cost. The problem with rough lumber is that you have to prepare it before you can use it. Typically, this is not a problem because often the real beauty of a piece of wood is revealed during the milling process.

However, sometimes, you just wanna build something. Now.

This past week I was in that kinda mood and didn’t have a lot of wood ready to go. But, I did have board of red oak about 8 feet long and 10 inches wide from a previous project, and a 6.5 inch wide 5 foot long piece of walnut that didn’t really match up with anything else I had.

The walnut has a lot of character and deserved to be displayed, so I cut it in half and glued it together to make a table top.

For the base I wanted something a little bit different, but still simple. There was enough oak in the board to make an open base with a few slight curves at the feet. I’m still learning how to work with curves and this was an educational project.

The top is 12”x24” walnut and the base is red oak and stands about 30” tall. The finish is a wipe-on gloss poly.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 05-10-2009 02:41 PM

It’s a beautiful table! That wood grain on the top is stunning! And the finish looks great! Nice work !
Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 05-10-2009 02:42 PM

Great design. Lots of visual interest.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 05-10-2009 02:46 PM

Great project. I like the look of the finish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 05-10-2009 03:11 PM

Really nice work!
I really like the top of the legs!!Nice finishing touch!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss!

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#5 posted 05-10-2009 03:23 PM

Great use for that beautiful walnut, Russel!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-10-2009 03:56 PM

Great looking table.

Working with rough lumber is a cheaper way to go. I always want to dress it as soon as I get home, but I have learned to wait until I have a project for it. You can’t go back and sometimes I wished I didn’t dress it for whatever reason.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 05-10-2009 03:57 PM

Very nice design, well executed. I would love to have that in my home.

-- Trent Tidmore, Grapevine, TX

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#8 posted 05-10-2009 04:45 PM

Thanks folks. I have found a few boards that are really nice, but too small to do much with and really show them off. There’s a couple more pieces of walnut that have a great variety of color, but are smaller that 2 bdft. So, they sit until they tell me what they need to be. Then, of course I also have a piece of walnut that’s 9 feet long and 18 inches wide just waiting for the right project.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 05-10-2009 05:09 PM

nice design good job

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#10 posted 05-10-2009 05:17 PM

It cought my eye. It’s a great table! Nice work ! Thanks for sharing!

-- Dominique Barbier - Dallas, TX

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#11 posted 05-10-2009 07:32 PM

It looks great!

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#12 posted 05-10-2009 08:53 PM

I like your thinking. It only becomes firewood when it’s the size of small kindling… Nice job.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#13 posted 05-11-2009 01:04 AM

Thats a nice piece there Russel.

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#14 posted 05-11-2009 01:21 AM

Well done! I also like to use up my cutoffs and projects like that surely add interest to this website.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#15 posted 05-11-2009 03:33 PM

Vey well done Russel

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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