Keepsake Walnut Coffee Table

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Project by senomozi posted 11-27-2010 09:08 PM 4891 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Loosely inspired from Federal Style furniture, this solid walnut coffee table was built for a customer who wanted to display keepsakes of their family vacations. The top features an inlay strip that goes around the perimeter. It was installed so the arrowhead in the pattern direct the eye to the corners. The drawers open from either sides and are slightly shorter than the width of the table so they appear recessed into the apron. The drawer fronts have bookmatch grain, which I built by slicing 1/8” thick bookmatch veneer pieces and gluing them to 3/4” thick solid walnut pieces. The drawer bottom are frame and panel construction. The bottom of the apron is wrapped with a cock bead housed in a rabbet. The 1 1/2” square legs are tapered on all four sides and have a 3/4” wide inlay strip above the taper. It is 52” long x 26” wide x 15” high. Finished with polymerized tung oil.

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 09:23 PM

Beautiful work. Like that inlay too.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 10:31 PM

Thats beautifull man
Well done
Greetings from Belgium

-- Erik, Merksem Belgium

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#3 posted 11-27-2010 10:47 PM

Very nice!!! I haven’t had the courage to do inlay yet but this looks great. Maybe I give it a try some day.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 12:49 AM

Lots of great details here! My favorite is the leg banding – it doesn’t jump out at you. You get to “discover” it after studying the piece for a while. Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 02:01 AM

Great work!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 02:05 AM

Wow, you outdid yourself with this one. Warm wonderful walnut with fine details and excellent design strategies. That would be a fine addition to any room, no matter what the client decided to put inside it. Beautifully done!


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#7 posted 11-28-2010 03:45 AM


This is one of the finest, best designed, and well executed pieces I’ve seen here in years, My hat is off to you.


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#8 posted 11-28-2010 04:28 AM

Very nice table, i like with the matching grain on the face of the drawers

-- The Olson workshop

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 04:51 AM

Table looks sweet! You have done a excellent job. I’ve been playing around with some drawing for a table like this but haven’t come up with any designs. I really like this one. Again, beautiful work.

-- Eric Florida

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#10 posted 11-28-2010 07:10 AM

Really impressive build, the details are eye catching stuff that draws you to the table and forces You to take notice. Great table and craftsmanship !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#11 posted 11-28-2010 03:57 PM

Definitly a cut above many items seen here, the proportion and scale/graining of the matched drawer fronts is gorgeous.

-- Jim

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#12 posted 11-28-2010 06:14 PM

Very, very nice. Well done my friend.

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#13 posted 11-29-2010 05:57 AM

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#14 posted 11-29-2010 06:28 PM

Beautiful table. What is the inlay made from?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#15 posted 11-29-2010 06:36 PM



-- -- Neil

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