Walnut Coffee and End Tables

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Project by gfadvm posted 07-14-2011 12:01 AM 1545 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of tables I made last month after I fell into a deal I couldnt pass up [$1/foot] for this walnut. The build was really fun: designed on the fly, made my own 1” dowels, etc. But we had hell trying to photograph it. It is actually darker than the pics and prettier in real life. I personally like using the sap wood {but I like knots and worm holes too}. Finish is several coats of sprayed on Spar.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 07-14-2011 04:51 AM

Great design and wonderful looking wood.

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#2 posted 07-14-2011 10:43 AM

Looks great. I hate when my photos do not come out as well as they should.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-14-2011 07:18 PM

Lovely work. Hoping that I fall into the deal on walnut that you got! The photos are really OK … for better photos, you may want to move floor lamps & table lamps into the off-camera space for additional light.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#4 posted 07-16-2011 07:34 AM

Great looking tables Doc. I like that top on the coffee table a lot. Sweet deal indeed on the walnut.

For the photos are you using a tripod? The first picture appears to be in focus but the other three looks like there was some camera shake. As far as getting a darker/lighter tone of picture you might try bracketing your shoots. It’s the exposure compensation feature on you camera. With each shoot take the picture +1, 0, -1 and see how you like the results. You can also break those settings down incrementally depending on your model of camera.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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