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Project by schroeder posted 2537 days ago 4109 views 35 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Black Walnut table based roughly on a design by Rex Alexander. Top is 1 3/4” x 45” x 97” Cronk & I built this for friends. The finish is 3 coats sealer, 6 coats poly and wax. Cronk (my partner in the shop) cut the walnut for this table some 20 odd years ago. It was originally cut as a full 4”, which ultimately let it dry slowly and allowed us to use some pretty nasty wood for the top. Lotsa knots, we think the wood is beautiful and we just try not to screw it up!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 2537 days ago

Congratuations!! It came out as good as it promised in the beginning, maybe even better. Great work guys.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 2537 days ago

Looks Great!!! Your works is truly awesome. I would love to know how you attached the breadboards. I’ve seen plans for a coffee table with a similar breadboard design that used screws and wooden plugs set into the tenons of the tabletop to allow for the screws to bit into long grain.

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 2537 days ago

great table, walnut is beautiful … bet it was a challenge to make

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 2537 days ago

Nice work! That is some beautful gnarly grain in there and I like the streaks of sapwood. Looks great.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#5 posted 2537 days ago

Fantastic wood color, nice job

-- Pedro Rodrigues da Costa, Sintra, Portugal

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#6 posted 2537 days ago

I love the wood as well as the color – the design is a classic – great work!

-- Gail,

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Greg Mitchell

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#7 posted 2537 days ago

Beautiful table! Great job.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#8 posted 2536 days ago

ah walnut ! that is so beautiful !

-- .: silent walnut :.

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#9 posted 2536 days ago

Ah yes, just another fine example that walnut works so perectly in the Arts and Crafts (etc) styles.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Bob Babcock

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#10 posted 2536 days ago

Wow….what a strong statement that table makes! Beautiful.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 2536 days ago

Very nice, Schroeder. You are an extraordinary table maker. Walnut is not a wood readily available here, so I really like to view project that have been made with it – such a beautiful wood.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#12 posted 2536 days ago

Wow really nice, I really like that table. Like Don I do’nt have access to alot of woods like that (also not equiped yet). I have four small logs of walnut that I plan to use as pegs and trim in some Green and Green pieces. I just did some ebonizing tst this weekend and the color is amazing.

-- James - Geneva, Switzerland

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#13 posted 2536 days ago

I think it would look a lot better in my living room :)

Where would the best place be to find plans for something like this, I am not good enough yet to build it by eye and it really looks great. It is the table top that would stump me.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#14 posted 2536 days ago

That’s a solid looking table! How many NFL middle linebackers does it take to move it?

Nice work. Beautiful table.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#15 posted 2531 days ago

Thanks all! – it was a fun and heavy project! – Iclashley, I use the method your describing for attaching breadboards – I bloged the process for this table ( or look up Kevin Rodel on the Fine Woodworking site). Snowdog – The “general” dimensions and design came from an article by Rex Alexander in the publication “In the Craftsman Style”. Another good source for tables (though difficult to find) is “Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking” – gives the ins and outs of dimensioning. Dan – it really isn’t complex to make this table, just a little on the cumbersome & heavy side.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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