Walnut Dining Table

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Project by endgrainy posted 12-22-2015 12:14 AM 2353 views 16 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I have furniture tastes that often contradict. We’ve needed a new dining table for some time, and while we could decide on which wood (Walnut) we had a tough time choosing a style. This modern trestle style table is based on a design by Crate and Barrel, but customized to fit our dining room specs.

The rough sawn walnut was obtained locally, 8/4 for the top and supports, 12/4 for the stretcher and legs. The leg and stretcher joinery was completed mostly with the Domino XL. The wenge tenon that attaches each sides’ two legs was fit into mortises cut on the table saw.

The top has decorative butterfly keys made from wenge which I cut on the bandsaw and inserted by hand.

The finish is 4-6 coats General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, buffed to a satin sheen.

Overall, we’re pretty happy with the results. I typically come right out and tell my family all of the flaws that I can see on a finished project – usually they would not have noticed these flaws and do not really care when I tell them. On this project, I’m keeping my mouth shut!

Thanks for looking!

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 12:49 AM

That’s a great looking dining table! I love that walnut, and your butterflies turned out beautifully! I’m sure you and your family will have many fine meals around it!

-- Dean

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 12:52 AM

Thanks Dean! I was a little nervous routing into the table top to cut the key mortises, but I found Matt Cremona’s video tutorial very helpful:

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 03:53 AM

Beautiful table, I love walnut, very well done !

-- Gotta love wood !

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 04:35 AM

That is a beautiful table, like everyone else has posted!
That buffed finish is just gorgeous.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 04:36 AM

Wow, just spectacular, nice work!

-- Smitty

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#6 posted 12-22-2015 04:42 AM

That’s an elegant table with timeless qualities. You could put that in modern decor and it would look just as at home and beautiful. Well done!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#8 posted 12-22-2015 12:31 PM

That is a vey nice looking table. You should be proud of your work.

-- Chris K

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#9 posted 12-22-2015 01:54 PM

great looking table

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#10 posted 12-22-2015 02:03 PM

Thanks for the comments guys! I’ve learned so much from the lumberjocks community.

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#11 posted 12-22-2015 02:10 PM

WOW! Love this design, beautiful wood. Great Job!!

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#12 posted 12-22-2015 02:51 PM

Gosh, that is beautiful and fantastic!

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#13 posted 12-22-2015 04:10 PM

Great work. That table is a stunner. And the dovetails really add visual appeal. Glad the wife is happy too

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#14 posted 12-22-2015 04:45 PM

Really beautiful work – I love the simple lines and attention to detail. All the flaws are in your mind…

-- Cindy in Seattle,

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#15 posted 12-22-2015 05:36 PM

This is awesome. Love the walnut and that you also shared pictures of underneath the table. Good job.

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