Walnut Slab Side Table

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Project by Jeff Farquhar posted 08-01-2016 09:21 PM 1482 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this side table from a 18” X 14”, $5 walnut slab and a 1 1/2” thick walnut board.

Top: I planed the top and bottom of the slab with my router sled planer and cleaned the sides of dirt and bark with a wire brush and sand paper. I cut one end with my circular saw and cut the opposite end parallel. To join the legs, I cut the mortises using a forstner bit and chisel. I sanded the top and eased the edges up to 220. There were a couple of checks on the top and bottom so I put five total walnut butterfly joints on the top (3) and bottom (2) of the table top. This was my first attempt at butterfly joints and I was very happy with the outcome.

Legs: I cut the legs and braces (?) from a 1 1/2” thick walnut board that I had left over from another project. I jointed and planed the final thickness of the legs to 1 1/4” square (more or less) and sanded to 220. I cut the tenons to attach to the table top using my table saw and sled and chisels. Originally I was going to make the mortises and tenons for the braces square like the tops of the legs and then decided it was easier to leave the mortises in the sides of the legs circular (forstner bit) and turn the tenons on the ends of the braces on my lathe. This was also my first attempt at mortise and tenon joinery and both methods turned out pretty well… Although I have more than enough room for improvement.

Assembly and Finishing: After tweaks to the tenons here and there to ensure everything was square, I assembled and glued (Titebond III) the legs and braces first to make it easier to apply the finish. I applied Natural Danish Oil and a few coats of wipe on satin poly to the legs and top separately and attached the top once they were completely dry and to my liking.

All-in-all I was very happy with this project. As always, I welcome feedback and tips.

Thanks for taking a look.


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#1 posted 08-01-2016 10:29 PM

One nice little table

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#2 posted 08-01-2016 10:52 PM

Love it! I just bought two slabs, and I’m trying to figure out how to make a router jig to plane as well.

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#3 posted 08-01-2016 11:34 PM

That’s a great looking little side table! I really like that walnut slab, and your butterflies came out really well!

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#4 posted 08-02-2016 08:08 AM


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#5 posted 08-02-2016 02:31 PM

very nice

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