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Walnut and Maple end table

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Project by ItIsRocketScience posted 952 days ago 899 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by my Aunt and Uncle (and their 150 year old home and habit of collecting all things antique), I decided to make a 3-legged end table.

The legs and outer ring are black walnut and the center medallion is maple. The finish is an absurd number of coats of tung oil.

Some questions I often get:
Q: Is it really unstable?
A: Yes, insanely unstable. That’s part of the “allure” of 3-legged tables. The stability envelope is tiny with the majority of the mass up near the top and the base so narrow. If I did it again, I’d either flare the legs out severely or add in another leg (or 3).

Q: Why is the lower walnut shelf grain not running in parallel with the top grain?
A: WHY DID YOU POINT THIS OUT?! NOW I CAN NEVER UNSEE IT!!

Thanks for checking it out.

-- "Down in the arena are the doers. They make many mistakes because they attempt many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and a spirit of adventure." -- Gen. David M. Shoup





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 952 days ago

Unique little table , nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 952 days ago

Nice job and I totally get why you can’t use it! I had to laugh at that answer. We get so focused on things we sometimes ( myself included ) miss those little things. Great job and keep the great attitiude!

Welcome to Lumberjocks you’ll love it here!!!!!

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

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Dale

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#3 posted 952 days ago

I really like it. Give me a little time and I’d come up with a reason the bottom shelf is not parallel :) :)

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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ed220

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#4 posted 952 days ago

Wow !! thats impressive work. Like the color.

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ItIsRocketScience

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#5 posted 952 days ago

Thanks guys!

The connections are all dowels (I know, I should have mortised the legs into the top, but this was my first “fine” woodworking project), so I’ve seriously considered taking a fret or coping saw and cutting it out, aligning the grain correctly, and re-attaching.

-- "Down in the arena are the doers. They make many mistakes because they attempt many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and a spirit of adventure." -- Gen. David M. Shoup

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yokel

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#6 posted 952 days ago

I dig this a lot. The legs are down right sexy. Very nicely done.

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