|Project by Ropelie||posted 03-10-2016 02:42 PM||1633 views||18 times favorited||21 comments|
This all started with my grandpa caring for little tree that sprouted in his garden, he moved it to a safe place and took care of it. My dad at the time asked him what he was doing and he replied “someone is going to build something out of this some day”.
Fast forward 50 years and he has passed. We harvested and milled the tree before the house was sold. The result was over 700 bf of veneer quality black walnut. I tried to do this wood justice, here is the first project.
I chose the design because it appears that the table top is sitting on a large tree trunk. The table is comfortable and everybody sitting at it has ample leg room 360 degrees around the table. It’s a little over 7 foot long and 43 inches wide.
Cross lap joinery which was pretty simple using flush trim bit and some guides pushed up against the supports so the joint was just the right size. Painters tape was used to snug the joint up a few thousandths, this worked great. The base was jointed using a 6” jointer but the top was too big. MDF straight edge and a flush trim bit was used that resulted in a perfect joint. During sanding I actually couldn’t tell what was grain pattern or the glue joint.
The top was sanded to 180, everything else was to 150. 3 full strength coats of Arm-R-Seal and one diluted with Naptha for the final coat. The finish turned out flawless, I am pretty happy. I hope to pass this down to my son some day, if he has a big enough house!