Walnut and Marble End Table with Light

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Project by Cherryblake posted 07-06-2011 08:28 PM 1709 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Walnut end table for my oldest daughter and son in law. I saw the concept at a Tile Center where they had built a bar and put lights behind the marble. This table has a 12” x 12” marble top with 4 sides that are 3” x 12” marble. Fairly inexpensive to make since there is not a lot of Walnut and you can sometimes find odd pieces of marble at a reasonable price. In this case the walnut came from a stash in my loft which has been “air drying” for over 20 years. I helped a man stack his walnut many years ago and my pay was in green lumber:) Nice and dry and works oh so nicely. If I had to buy the Walnut, this table would have cost about $100 +/-. The light is a very small 12” undercabinet fluorescent light with a clicker turn switch installed on the plug cord. Spray semi gloss Deft Lacquer finish.

-- Blake, Denmark, SC "Woodworking should be called Woodtherapy"

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#1 posted 07-06-2011 10:45 PM

Now that’s a pretty bright idea. lol Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Nice table, I’ve seen something similar with alabaster, but didn’t think about doing it with marble.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 07-07-2011 03:09 AM

First of all, very nice table! How thick is the marble? How is it supported?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 07-07-2011 04:27 AM

very “bright” concept

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#4 posted 07-07-2011 07:04 PM

Thanks folks! The marble is about 3/8” thick. Standard 12” x 12” tile that Lowe’s or Home Depot’s sell although they normally don’t stock it. If you go to a tile center, they should have it in stock. The trick is to hold the pieces up to the light to find ones that let a lot of light through and have interesting patterns. Some tiles can be very dark. As for the support, I cut a 3/8” x 3/8” rabbet joint on the table top pieces before gluing up and recessed the tile into that. One thing I learned the hard way was that I glued the top “with” the marble in place and didn’t factor in a bit of swelling. When I went to sand and apply finish…. the marble was stuck…real bad… I kind of broke it trying to remove it and well…. off to the tile center again:) Actually worked out better because I liked the newer tile better. It had a very nice shade of brown which nicely matched the walnut.

-- Blake, Denmark, SC "Woodworking should be called Woodtherapy"

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#5 posted 07-08-2011 05:44 PM

Nice, must look great in a dark room when it’s lighted.

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

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#6 posted 07-09-2011 05:19 PM

Very nice table Blake, The marble works great with the walnut.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 07-09-2011 09:36 PM

Thanks Paul, As I mentioned above, I broke the top tile trying to take it out for sanding and I like the new one MUCH! better. Love your quote.

-- Blake, Denmark, SC "Woodworking should be called Woodtherapy"

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#8 posted 07-10-2011 06:42 PM

that’s just way kool. very nice miters also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 07-11-2011 08:05 PM

This project was also my first attempt at tapered legs. Took me a bit to get the hang of it, but I think my next go around will be a bit easier. On these, I used a jig to start, but then free hand cut the rest of the cuts on my table saw. Then ran it through the jointer to even them out. Saw a nifty planer jig on LJ’s which I think would work great next time around.

Roger, on the miters, I actually got away with simply using masking tape to pull them tight versus multiple clamps. I’ve been doing that a lot lately and it seems to work pretty well.

-- Blake, Denmark, SC "Woodworking should be called Woodtherapy"

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