Walnut and Maple End Table

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Project by JT Thomas posted 08-24-2007 01:57 AM 2418 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first of 3 tables for the living room where the entertainment center is located.

Construction is all solid wood except the top which is maple plywood. This was done to eliminate the wood movement problems with mitered frame of walnut.

Drawer was made using dovetail construction and composed of steamed beech for the secondary wood, and figured maple for the front.

Inlay on the top is hard maple.

The main construction was done with integral mortise and tenon. I used the Leigh FMT to create the mortise and tenons. A great jig. The construction is extremely acurate. The tenons fit tight enough to push together without a hammer, but give a nice “pop” when pulled apart.

Custom handle was made to match the design on the entertainment center and was also done using the FMT from a solid piece of walnut.

The finish is natural with satin poly (6 coats) for protection.

One down and 2 to go.

-- JT - "It only costs a nickle more to go first class!"

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#1 posted 08-24-2007 02:04 AM

Beautiful stuff JT. Terrific design work pulling everything together and great craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 08-24-2007 02:09 AM

jaw-dropping gorgeous. Love it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 08-24-2007 02:13 AM

Great design and execution. Beautiful.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#4 posted 08-24-2007 02:28 AM

Nice maple/walnut table my favorite mix of woods. Very professional job. Nice straight lines, sounds like very good construction techniques. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 08-24-2007 02:53 AM

WoW! Great design, Great workmanship, Great Finish – Great!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#6 posted 08-24-2007 04:08 AM

Very nice work. Love the laminate detail in the walnut top frame. Great job.

-- Marty Ohio

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 08-24-2007 05:13 AM

Very very nice. I do love maple and walnut together, especially in a good piece

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 08-24-2007 07:40 AM

JT, your work is real clean. Precision joinery shows, and this is precision! I like the design, choice of wood and the very professional finish. Great job!

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

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#9 posted 08-24-2007 07:43 AM

Nice table and entertainment center. By the time you finish everything though it will be difficult to watch television in the room – your eyes will keep drifting to the beautiful furniture. Good job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 08-24-2007 09:32 AM


-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 08-24-2007 09:35 AM

what a tremendous job here just wounderfull in the colors and overall work.

-- Jeff B.

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#12 posted 08-24-2007 07:28 PM

Those are beautifull! I love maple and walnut or maple and cherry..maple with any darker accent wood looks great! Nice work!


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#13 posted 08-24-2007 08:46 PM

Ditto to the previous remark by “Brad Nailor” (I’ve got one of those…).

Nice construction and the wood is gorgeous.

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

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Chris Davis

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#14 posted 08-24-2007 11:58 PM

That is awsome. Did you do a post on the entertainment center. I’d love to see more pics of that. Great job!

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JT Thomas

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#15 posted 08-25-2007 01:58 AM

Thanks to all for your comments. I am always impressed at how many people actually look at the project posts, and take to time to comment.

For Chris and others that did not see the entertainment center, here is the link.

-- JT - "It only costs a nickle more to go first class!"

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