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Project by Ken Reed posted 1372 days ago 1729 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Stashed in the very back of my wood shed I ran across some old slabs of Claro walnut that I bought back in 1976. I have learned since not to buy slabs, but I figured that there might be something in this stack. It took all of those slabs to get enough stock to build this little table and a couple of boxes. The boxes are from the same slab, believe it or not, just resawn. I was looking for the contrast between the sap and heart woods on the one box, but threw the other box together as long as I was at it. It has a mahogany plywood top, but it’s just a utility box, so no big deal.

The table is all mortise and tenon and has ebony pegs on the breadboard ends. It also has small carved details on the legs. Sorta Asian, sorta Greene and Greene, mostly my interpretation of both.





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Durnik150

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#1 posted 1372 days ago

You could have posted this combination in any number of ways and it would have been just as impressive. The table is wonderful and the boxes are gems. Great job on all three. Also, you snuck in a little “wood gloat” for good measure, and it is fantastic as well. I’m sure everyone would like to have the burden of what to do with several of those slabs of Claro Walnut.

Beautiful work from beautiful stock. Congratulations!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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GaryL

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#2 posted 1372 days ago

What a fantastic table! Slabs since 1976…..now that is something to just happen to run across in the back shed!! lol

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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richgreer

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#3 posted 1372 days ago

Excellent work!

I particularly like the detail on the legs.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Bradford

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#4 posted 1372 days ago

Again with some very interesting designs. I like your style.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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twokidsnosleep

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#5 posted 1372 days ago

Fantastic wood and gorgeous boxes and table.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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robert triplett

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#6 posted 1372 days ago

Nice work Ken. You know, if you are in a cleaning mood, just holler, and I can haul that junk off for you. Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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WoodenFrog

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#7 posted 1372 days ago

Just Beautiful! Great Job on all three.
I love them all. Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Moron

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#8 posted 1372 days ago

Nice work dude

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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tomd

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#9 posted 1372 days ago

Excellent work, terrific grain and color.

-- Tom D

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DoctorDan

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#10 posted 1372 days ago

Very nice piece. i buy almost all my timber in slab form. (Mainly cause the local guy likes to sell it like that.) I find it’s good to see the whole piece and decide how to make boards out of it.

Great project.

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/

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MayflowerDescendant

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#11 posted 1372 days ago

Nice work. Awesome arrangement / design.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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rivergirl

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#12 posted 1372 days ago

Beautiful table- especially like the boxes. You said “I have learned since not to buy slabs,” Next time call me and I will come and get the beautiful slabs… I have learned not to use straight, milled boards. LOL I looked at the width of some of those slabs you cut up and I could have cried.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Chip

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#13 posted 1371 days ago

Wonderful attention to detail Ken. Great build and thanks for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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gary351

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#14 posted 1371 days ago

That table is very attractive, I hope some day i could learn mortise & tenon work.

-- A poor man has poor way's

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CiscoKid

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#15 posted 1371 days ago

Beautiful! I love the table and the boxes are superb.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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