Walnut Tables

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-03-2011 10:18 PM 1628 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are two tables I was commissioned to build from a picture and a list of dimensions from my customer in Colorado. They are made from solid walnut and finished with Zar 125 ( Black Walnut) stain and 4 coats of clear lacquer on the frames and then scuff waxed and an additional 4 coats of polyurethane on the tops and waxed. I wanted them to be safe for getting drinks set on them. I had not planned a full finish on the tops but they came close to it.

Each frame is 16 pieces- 2 piece legs and 2 piece aprons all glued together and contour sanded as a panel.The tops are 3 pieces with biscuits joining the sections. I opted for a rabbet joint in the corners of the legs rather than a 45 degree miter for a cleaner look and more strength. They will be picked up on the 12th.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-03-2011 10:42 PM

Boy, this is a couple of very nice tables indeed Jim, beautiful finish on that Walnut adding to a clean design. No trouble getting paid for these I bet. Well done Mate :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 08-03-2011 10:55 PM

Crisp, clean design, wonderful finish… and the walnut really works well…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 08-03-2011 11:07 PM

Love me some Walnut!!!! Great job!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#4 posted 08-04-2011 12:04 AM

Ok, admit it, you glued glass to the tops… Seriously, that’s a great finish.


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 08-04-2011 03:05 AM

Lovely looking tables Jim, you have a great design and the finish is something else.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-04-2011 03:40 AM

Hey guys, thanks for all the nice comments. I quoted these way too low for the time involved,but it is for a daughter of a good customer. I harvested this walnut three years ago from a campground where they cut down all the trees by the road and subdivided it up into 10 acre plots. We took the logs on a trailer to the sawmill in Allegan,Mi and I stickered the boards in the barn since then. Some of the logs had nails in them from people posting signs on them. I had to buy 2 bandsaw blades for the saw mill in the cutting of about 8 trees. I broke my foot on that job when a big 3” slab slipped from my hand and I was not quick enough. I danced around for a half hour and then we finished the job! There are some memories in this wood!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-04-2011 03:44 AM

Those are really nice. I like the design, love the shine on these tops. Well done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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Dan'um Style

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#8 posted 08-04-2011 03:55 AM

Striking design with exceptional finish and results. Well done Bud

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 08-04-2011 03:03 PM

Beautiful work, Jim. Your craftsmanship really shows through!

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#10 posted 08-04-2011 05:36 PM

Nice looking tables, Walnut is a gorgeous wood, the journey to get to where these are now was an interesting one, I hope your foot is OK now, great to have You share this with us

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#11 posted 08-05-2011 03:47 AM

Jim, Jim, Jim…... These are two very nice tables, beautiful as a matter of fact. Lucky is the person who will receive these!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 08-07-2011 07:22 AM

Well done Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 08-08-2011 04:57 PM

Lovely build Jim.
What a gloss!
Someone will be happy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 08-10-2011 09:59 PM

Serbian to English translation
Nice convenient and well done, I like it …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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