Gancalo Alves/Walnut Nesting Tables

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Project by ChandlerClan posted 01-16-2012 08:12 PM 1520 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple of nesting tables with floating tops (at least my version of floating tops). I got the idea for the frames from EternalDesign . Incidentally, these tables are a Christmas present for my wife. We recently moved into a new home and don’t have much in the way of furniture for the front room. These tables give her an opportunity to show off some of her decorating stuff.

The tops are a couple of Goncalo Alves planks that I inadvertently got for a previous project (Side Tables with Granite Tops). The character of the wood was so different that it didn’t fit well with the side tables. That, and I couldn’t bring myself to cut up the 14” wide boards. The tops of the walnut frames are fingerjointed and the bottoms are mortice and tendon. You’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of screws into the bottom of the table top. The Gancalo Alves was a bit warped and I wanted to make sure that they stayed put. Probably went a bit overboard. I finished the tables with a couple coats of teak oil and then 8 coats of rub on poly. I buffed with 0000 fine steel wool between coats. The pictures don’t really show it, but the teak oil in the Gancalo Alves really brought out the deeper grains and shows some really nice ripples. I do have a google sketchup plan if anyone is interested.

-- Chandler Clan

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 08:20 PM

Cool set! You did a good job picking those boards, they have a lot of character.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 08:27 PM

Very nice use of wood combinations and design. Nice x-mas present.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 08:50 PM

using finger-joints likely stronger than EternalDesign’s splines. Nice contrasting wood tones, the wife will be pleased

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 04:49 AM

Great looking tables.super looking woods and very cool design.

-- Custom furniture

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