Walnut table, Oak trim

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Project by LarryB posted 08-26-2016 10:08 PM 1340 views 16 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been hanging onto this walnut slab for a special project. The beautiful grain & figure highlights just doesn’t show up in photos. Wanted to create a “floating” top appearance.
Trimmed the front and rear edges with oak and added oak buttons to accent it and cover screw holes.
All assembly is with Kreg screws. Stained the walnut with Golden Pecan and finished with polyurethane.
Now I wish I could get ahold of another slab!

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#1 posted 08-26-2016 10:17 PM

Wow! Awesome piece of work. That last photo definitely shows the grain pattern on the tabletop. I can see why you’d be looking for another piece like that. Thanks for sharing.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 08-26-2016 10:19 PM

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#3 posted 08-26-2016 11:10 PM

First look shows a simple table, second look shows a really nice thought out table. Someone is going to to be a happy camper, if it’s your wife then there’s going to be 2 happy campers lol

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 08-26-2016 11:45 PM

That’s a great looking table! I like the walnut/oak combo—and really like the arched stretchers!

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

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#5 posted 08-27-2016 01:16 AM

Nice job!

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#6 posted 08-27-2016 02:17 PM

Larry, this is a real beauty and I like the design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 08-27-2016 02:52 PM

design is great looks very nice …......GREAT JOB



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#8 posted 08-28-2016 09:27 AM

Realy great project. Awesome various woodworking elements. Great design with those curves and dovels. I like the detail with leggs slightly above top desk.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 08-28-2016 02:56 PM

Nice looking table. I like the design although I question the use of screws as the method of joinery. The advent of the Kreg Jig has people using screws as a joining method as opposed to traditional methods. Remember we are WOODWORKERS not Ikea. If we abandon traditional joinery methods in favor of quick builds our craft will fade away.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#10 posted 08-28-2016 07:44 PM

great looking table larry nice design,even with those hideous screws-lol.hey even sam maloof used screws on some of his furniture,if there was only one way of making furniture wed all get bored.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#11 posted 08-29-2016 01:02 PM

Thank you everybody for your comments and for looking!
Ric, I did want to let you know this is the first project that I have ‘screwed up’ (pun intended). Designing this piece, I was concerned about the strength of the connection between ends of the the stretchers and apron. I did consider mortise & tenon but there’s not many square inches there to cut tenons and/or glue. I also considered dowels. Then figured I could run screws through the stretchers from the outside of the end aprons for additional support. After dry fitting it, it was so solid I decided to forgo the glue or doweling process. If it is ever a problem I know I can unscrew it and add the glue and/or dowels. Needing to cover the screw holes led to the idea of using oak buttons which I’m really happy with as they compliment the oak edging.

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#12 posted 08-29-2016 02:38 PM

Larry, that design is fantastic, I really like the way you blended the apron arch into the upper cross piece. I wasted some time looking at the picture of the top, I was looking for where you joined the boards (I tend to look at the pictures before reading). After reading, I see that was a very special piece of Walnut! (Slabs like that don’t just grow on trees yaKnow!)

With any wide top like that, I need to ask. How is it attached?

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#13 posted 08-29-2016 03:10 PM

Hi Splinter. The top is simply fastened using “Z” clips which float in a grove cut in the apron ends and the 2 “u” shaped pieces on each side, then screwed to the underside of the top. This way it can move with humidity changes. My concern is how much movement the extended projecting legs will allow. Time will tell!

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#14 posted 08-30-2016 04:12 AM

Gorgeous! This an amazing piece of work!

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