|Project by KnotCurser||posted 01-06-2010 12:19 AM||3824 views||12 times favorited||13 comments|
My wife wanted a plain old bar/serving table to go in our kitchen. Knowing that everyone who visited the house would be seeing this piece, I just couldn’t choose any old plain piece of lumber to use! Over the course of a year I set aside every really nice piece I would see whenever I got a batch of lumber and finally found the piece I was looking for – the perfect marbled walnut top!
I knew I wanted a to do this in a mission style, but I wanted to leave the side slats sort of “floating” so it left the table open and airy. Also, I learned a new style of dovetailing called a sunburst which I just had to try.
The carcass is made from quarter-sawn and spalted cherry – the top and bottom shelf made with some of the most wickedly patterned walnut I have ever laid eyes on. I would kill for a few dozen more board feet of this stuff!
I used five coats of Sam Maloof’s oil rub on the entire table to finish it. It is kind of pricey but WELL worth it!
It was only after I had the entire thing together and sent pictures of it to my family that my brother pointed out that I have two “Asian Warrior Mask” faces showing up clearly in the walnut of both shelves! Once you find them they stick out like a sore thumb! Here's an example of what I am talking about.
I REALLY loved working on this table as the wood was so nice and everything fit together smoothly – probably from the very anal way I went about laying everything out beforehand so as to not waste any of the wood. ;-)
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