Walnut Dining table

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Project by jeepersparky posted 11-11-2011 01:43 AM 2162 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Daughter asked me to build a walnut table for her. She showed a design she liked and I slightly modified it.
I decided to try a border with cherry inlay (first time with inlay). I decided to work with all the knots as it shows some beautiful grain. Where the knots were cracking i used a 2 part epoxy bought at my local woodcraft store to help bond and fill them. All was going good until I sprayed my first coat of laquer. I had a bad reaction with the epoxy and the laquer. I was horrifed. I probably spent an additional 50 hrs. (or so it seems) because of this. The lesson i learned is to always test a piece out when it comes to mixing different materials together. Glad to have finished this.

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#1 posted 11-11-2011 01:46 AM

Interesting. who wouldnt love a slab like that with matching bench?

ALso interested in what the reaction was? Kind of Epoxy?

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#2 posted 11-11-2011 01:59 AM

My daughter loved it. Not sure what kind of epoxy (went in garbage can). I later read an article saying you should seal this with shellac.

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 03:25 AM

outstanding work!!! your daughter is no doubt happy with that table.

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 03:31 AM

Absolutely beautiful. I love working with walnut.

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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#5 posted 11-11-2011 03:47 AM

really nice!

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#6 posted 11-11-2011 03:53 AM

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 11-11-2011 04:06 AM

I like the table did you have to strip the just sprayed finish off?


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#8 posted 11-11-2011 04:28 AM

That is a beautiful table! the inlay job really set it off!! What happened with the epoxy and the lacquer? I use lacquer over epoxy fill all the time and they seem to go okay. Have you figured out what happened?

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

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#9 posted 11-11-2011 06:06 AM

Nice work! I would love a table like that!

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#10 posted 11-11-2011 10:48 AM

wherever i had used the epoxy i had finger like irregular type finish. I had to wet sand this down with 600 grit until the abnormality was gone and than i babied several coats over it. Just lightly spraying and letting it tack dry and than doing another several times to build a barrier before i put a final wet coat over it all. I than had to wet sand again any orange peel out I had due to the spot spraying, using 600. I finished wetsanding with 2000 grit. I must have a 1.5 gallons on the top alone. After wetsanding I used a 3m rubbing compound and polish to remove the 2000 grit sand marks.

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#11 posted 11-11-2011 01:02 PM

Great table all the way around Nice job on the finish.

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

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#12 posted 11-12-2011 06:07 AM

Great job, the finish is beautiful. I like the bench as well. Nice looking project.

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