Oval End Table Out of Walnut

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Project by docspencer posted 02-22-2016 10:24 PM 788 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made a small end table and a coffee table out of white oak recently. They were fun, but I wanted to try something different: something not white oak and not rectangular with legs at the four corners. So, I decided to try my hand at a elliptical top with a single post with feet (or legs).

In any event, this is what I ended up with. I have no idea what name to give the style. It took a while because I was designing it on the fly and always changing my mind. On the advice of someone on this site, I tried my hand at something called “Korean joinery” for where the legs meet the post. That was the most challenging and nerve-wracking. In any event, I have 3 coats of natural Watco on it at this point. Maybe one or two more coats of that then some varnish or poly on the top. Hope you folks like it. Any comments would be welcome!

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#1 posted 02-22-2016 11:04 PM

A beautiful little table I know it will pop when you put the final coats of finish on it. Could you show or describe the Korean joinery.

-- Paul

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 11:22 PM

Thanks Paul. Here is the link to the YouTube video that was sent to me:

It’s hard to describe, but I started with a half-lap than basically but dadoes that accept the 4 tenons at the bottom of the post. Kinda cool actually.

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#3 posted 02-23-2016 01:29 PM

Looks very nice. I like that little bit o sapwood in it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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