Walnut "bow tie" coffee table

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Project by jaykaypur posted 04-13-2016 08:57 PM 1455 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A neighbor gave me 6 pieces of this walnut wood a couple months ago. All six pieces were pretty much book-matched pieces from the same cut. I used 3 pieces to build the table. The table measures 60” L, tabletop ends are 25” W and middle is 15”, and it stands 19” tall. The top is “held” in place and butted against each other in the middle by a 1” piece of walnut underneath that’s measures 13” wide and 40” in length…it is glued and screwed. On the topside, I made that middle seam into a bowtie across the width. There is a 1/4” variation in the bowties width. There are 3 other bow ties of various sizes in the top and 1 more in one of the legs. The bow ties are all hand chiseled and consist of black sand w/CA glue. A 1” X 1” square walnut dowel with walnut pins secures the 2 legs. I purposely left the old sawmill cuts in the wood. I was told that the wood had been in his barn for at least 60 years and he didn’t know exactly how old the wood was. It WAS dry when I got it! The finish is 2 applications of Danish oil and a liberal application of Howard’s wax. I ran into one problem after the Danish oil was apllied. It seemed that certain grain areas of the wood were bleached out! I called people and researched the web for an answer to no avail. The problem turned out to be that because of the way the saw blade cuts ran and the way the grain ran…that if I buffed against the grain of those saw cut areas…...that raised it up against the much smoother areas of the wood. Anyway, I eliminated the problem by figuring out that I could only buff/rub it in one direction. Don’t know if that made sense, but it worked. Hopefully Winter is over here and I can post more projects in the next 6 months. Thanks for all the looks and comments.

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#1 posted 04-13-2016 09:02 PM

Looks really nice. Love the style.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-13-2016 10:13 PM

I like it! Congrats

-- "Why am I soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?"

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#3 posted 04-13-2016 10:26 PM

This is crazy-cool! VEry awesome!

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#4 posted 04-13-2016 11:09 PM


-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#5 posted 04-13-2016 11:10 PM

That is spectacular!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 04-13-2016 11:42 PM

Very nice design .
I like this table nothing I have seen before .


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#7 posted 04-13-2016 11:51 PM

Gorgeous bench, perfectly executed

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#8 posted 04-13-2016 11:53 PM

That’s a great looking coffee table! Nice story on the walnut, and I love how you used those bookmatched panels for the top—great effect!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 04-14-2016 12:09 AM

Very interesting design. I LIKE IT! But still not clear on how you joined the 2 halves of the tabletop.

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#10 posted 04-14-2016 12:16 AM

Nice job Jay. That bow tie design is really cool.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 04-14-2016 12:21 AM

Nice work, I really like the top shape

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#12 posted 04-14-2016 07:55 AM

i bet you really enjoyed this piece, making this type of table would be so much fun, thank you for sharing this with us.

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#13 posted 04-14-2016 01:47 PM

i like the look

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#14 posted 04-14-2016 02:54 PM

I like this. Nice lines, clean, simple, attractive.
Well done.

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