Walnut corner table

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Project by schwingding posted 12-11-2007 03:42 PM 3273 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After watching one of David Marks’ Woodworks episodes a while ago, I realized I could do my own veneering, and incorporated that into this table of my own design. I designed this to fit in a corner nook near the front door of my old home. The veneer is 1/8” and taken from a particularly wonderful walnut plank. The blue coloring is from the sky, (sorry for the lousy photo). The inlays are tiger maple. The whole thing is finished with a coat of shellac then 3 coats of ArmRSeal, except for the top which is finished with Behlen Rock Hard Table Top Varnish. That stuff really is rock hard, it was hard as heck to rub out.

-- Just another woodworker

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#1 posted 12-11-2007 04:18 PM

this is So rich looking! beautiful
I would like more photos, closeup of the drawer for example

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 12-11-2007 04:27 PM

Beautiful! I’d love to see some bigger photos.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-11-2007 04:28 PM

I second all that, Debbie.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 12-11-2007 04:39 PM

Another beaut, schwing!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 12-11-2007 04:50 PM

Very nice! I’ll second the more photo’s request.

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#6 posted 12-11-2007 04:53 PM

Wow, that really is beautiful. It’s good you said the blue was from the sky, I thought you had dyed the top blue. Actually, I like it like with the blue tinge, but that’s just me. I agree with everyone else, more and bigger pictures! Also, could you provide more description of what steps you used to create this fantastic piece?

Did you use a vacuum press or just cauls for the veneering? I have some fantastic madrona burl veneer I picked up. I’m planning on using it to build a coffee table. I’ve been waiting until I can buy a vacuum press. Any information you could provide, hints, tips, equipment, etc., would be greatly appreciated.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#7 posted 12-11-2007 05:05 PM

OK, OK, I’ll take some more pictures! Thanks for the nice words everybody.

Iowa – I used 1/2” mdf as the substrate, and sliced my veneers on the bandsaw, then thicknessed them a final time. Both top and bottom are veneered to even things out and prevent warpage. I used simple Titebond yellow glue, cauls and clamps, after first jointing and gluing the bookmatches together. After glue up, the sandwich was cut to size on the tablesaw and then the walnut edges were attached using only glue. They were splined at the corners, which is my only regret on this piece as they distract the eye from the top. Would have been better to use internal splines. Simple mortise and tenon joinery was used on the base and the legs were shaped on the tablesaw using a taper jig I made. This entire piece was finished using only planes and scrapers, no sandpaper at all.

I too am about to acquire a vacuum press from . As it turns out, he lives pretty much just up the street from me.

-- Just another woodworker

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#8 posted 12-11-2007 06:29 PM

Schwinn, congratulations on a fantastic execution, that table looks every bit as nice as the original. I love that episode of Woodworks, and your veneered top looks great!

I just recently got a bandsaw so I can slice my own veneer now, but like others I haven’t taken the plunge into a vacuum press. You have inspired me to give it a try without one. Thanks for sharing!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#9 posted 12-11-2007 08:02 PM

You are a true artist.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 12-11-2007 10:24 PM

Very elegant table. Nice work!

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

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#11 posted 12-11-2007 11:26 PM

Sorry to hear that the blue was from the sky…the blue made for a very unique looking top. The walnut is beautiful, too.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 12-11-2007 11:34 PM

One gorgeous table. Beautiful top.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#13 posted 12-12-2007 01:46 AM

this is a good looking table. David Marks’ show has been good for many of us. Only wish there were some new ones to watch.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#14 posted 12-12-2007 02:04 AM

wonderful piece of work !

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#15 posted 12-12-2007 04:56 AM

Hey Mark (DeCou), David Marks told me over a few drinks at a bar last year that DIY has about a season’s worth of shows “in the can” that they’re just not airing for some reason. Maybe we should start a petition?

-- Just another woodworker

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