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Project by RS Woodworks posted 04-18-2011 09:18 PM 3006 views 13 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a small table I have finished up recently. It was destined to go to Tu Gallery here in town, but they just shut down. Now, I may keep it or still may sell it. Not sure yet.

It is made of walnut crotch, and the base is figured birch from 60 yr old boards. I stole the general design from a table I saw on the internet, and while it looks quite simple, there isn’t a 90 degree angle anywhere and getting all the angles just right was an arduous task. The joinery on the leg corners are open slot mortise and tenon. One end is at an 8 degree angle, and the other is at 14 degrees. There is a cross member that is joined to the upper stretchers with an exposed, wedged dovetail joint. The top is then screwed down to these cross members in over sized holes to allow for expansion / contraction. The dimensions of the table are 31” long, 16 1/4” wide, and 15 1/2” tall.

The finish is Danish oil and Liberon paste wax. This is the best paste wax I’ve ever used and love the stuff. The top is extremely smooth, sanded to 1000 grit, then the wax applied with 0000 steel wool and buffed, buffed, and buffed some more.

I look forward to your comments / suggestions / critique. Thanks for looking.
Oh, and that black thing that looks like a crack in the top in the 4th picture, is just some dirt that was on my lens I didn’t notice…

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!





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Napoleon

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 09:31 PM

That piece of wood is nothing less than AWESOME AND WONDERFULL!

The pattern in it is so nice. This piece of wood stell the hole picture. So i hurry up and say that it is also a nice table :)

i got almost the same pattern in my oaktable

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Napoleon

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#2 posted 04-18-2011 09:33 PM

I just decide to make a trip out to the place were i buy hardwood and look for a piece of walnut…

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Arthouse

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 09:48 PM

looks great love it you did a fabulose job. Question why did you use another type of wood other than walnut.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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Vasko

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 11:35 PM

The sheen coming off that surface is beautiful!

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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William

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#5 posted 04-19-2011 12:17 AM

You asked for suggestions, so here goes. The whole table loos nice and would work fine no matter what wood you use for the top. So, take that top off, box it up, and ship it to me.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 04-19-2011 01:41 AM

Love that table top!

-- 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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ace55

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#7 posted 04-19-2011 04:03 AM

great job, beautiful finish could u post some pics of the bottom I’m interested in how u attached it to the top. thanks

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#8 posted 04-19-2011 04:16 AM

Spectacular, just a wonderful piece….BC

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Verna

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#9 posted 04-19-2011 04:22 AM

I love the contrast between the walnut and the birch. Absolutely beautiful workmanship. I can certainly tell how much time you spent on this—the angles, the M&T joints, the sanding. Wonderful job.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#10 posted 04-19-2011 04:34 AM

GORGEOUS!!! What a great way to celebrate a great piece of lumber!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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RS Woodworks

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#11 posted 04-19-2011 05:29 AM

Thanks for the comments guys!
Arthouse, I considered using walnut for the base as well, but I have used birch as a contrast wood with walnut before, and love the contrast it provides, so ultimately it was just a preference thing.

William, as soon as I get your cheque for, oh, say $600, I will ship that top to you and make a new one for the base… :)

Ace55, I will see if I can get some pics from the underside, but there is not much to show. Just the cross pieces which are screwed to the top and the holes plugged with walnut plugs to hide them. As this was destined for an art gallery, it all had to be very clean.

Thanks for looking and commenting everyone!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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William

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#12 posted 04-19-2011 05:42 AM

I promise you that if I could afford it the check would be on the way. That is beautiful.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 04-19-2011 06:45 AM

This is a fantastic table with unbelievable wood great work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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RS Woodworks

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#14 posted 04-19-2011 06:57 AM

Her are some pics of the joinery before the top got put on. Getting the angles right was the trickiest part!

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#15 posted 04-19-2011 07:45 AM

Stunner walnut crotch!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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