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Walnut and Cherry Serving Table

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-06-2010 12:19 AM 3100 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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. ;-)

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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jm82435

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#1 posted 01-06-2010 01:08 AM

that turned out beautifully. Love the top and I always love the look of cherry so I really like this.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 02:56 AM

That is a gorgeous table top!!!!!! Great joinery!

I’ll have a Jack and coke!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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mtkate

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#3 posted 01-06-2010 03:04 AM

Yes, I see the masks. Amazing. Freaky looking dovetails!

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Konquest

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#4 posted 01-06-2010 03:59 AM

Awesome woods, simple and effective design. You let the wood be the statement. It is right up my alley.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 01-06-2010 04:14 AM

The Walnut is sooo awesome !!! Nice table : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 04:26 AM

Nice serving table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Chelios

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#7 posted 01-06-2010 05:26 AM

Nice design choices…really like your table….What did you consider for attaching the top? how did you attach the top in the end?

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CaptainSkully

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#8 posted 01-06-2010 06:11 PM

That’s unbelievably cool! Can you post a pic of the finished dovetails?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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KnotCurser

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#9 posted 01-06-2010 07:36 PM

To answer Chelios’ question, I used home-made metal L-Brackets with really loose holes to allow for expansion/contraction of the top. One in each corner attached to the top of each leg did just fine.

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Jason

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#10 posted 01-06-2010 11:26 PM

That looks great! Awesome dovetails.
Did your brother find the masks before or after helping himself to the bottom shelf? ;)

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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KnotCurser

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#11 posted 01-07-2010 01:23 AM

CaptainSkully, I would be happy to – how’s this?

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzevew0f/DovetailCloseup.jpg

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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woodb1

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#12 posted 01-07-2010 02:29 AM

simply awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nice table, I love working with walnut also

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clarkey

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#13 posted 01-19-2011 01:17 AM

Great job , l really like the grain on the top.

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