Walnut Table w/dogwood branch inlays

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Project by chidwickschool posted 01-22-2012 03:23 AM 6744 views 37 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this dining room table for clients who had a very large informal dining room and like to have large but casual dinner parties. The Claro Walnut top is a sequentially book matched set with some beautiful figure and is accented with black poplar for an ebony look. (I have a bunch of this naturally occurring black poplar, if you want some, I might sell you a bit if you’re really nice =) When working with the client, I designed the table to be inspired by the “Montana Ranch Home” it was for. For instance, I designed the side trestles to look “tree trunk-ish” and the rails were meant to represent the miles of fence-lines typical of Montana homesteads. The trestles have been inlaid with several different woods to give the dogwood branch and flowers designs, which are different on each side of the table. The leaves and flower petals were sand shaded slightly to add shadowing. This table met the clients’ need for something elegant, unique and artistic, while at the same time giving an impression of casual simplicity.

-- Andy Chidwick,

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 03:24 AM

That is very grand, warm tones, looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 03:36 AM

I like building tables, and my you have built a fine one. It’s beautiful Andy.

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

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 03:46 AM

What a Great lead photo of the maker! Love the table. You done really good.


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#4 posted 01-22-2012 03:48 AM

That ’s one cool table,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 04:00 AM

Nice table Andy. I quite like the inlay and the black accent.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 04:01 AM


-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 04:07 AM

That’s a great table. The inlay is a nice touch as well as the black poplar.

-- If your not having fun you're doing it wrong.

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 04:12 AM

Great build, great inlay.

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

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#9 posted 01-22-2012 04:21 AM

Nice table! Look great from top to bottom! I especially like the warm wood tone!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#10 posted 01-22-2012 05:39 AM

All I can say is WOW. Just love that big expanse of Walnut!

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#11 posted 01-22-2012 05:45 AM

Love Walnut. Love this table.

-- "If a man is alone in the forrest with no woman to hear him. Is he still Wrong?"

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#12 posted 01-22-2012 06:30 AM

This is a beautiful table!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 01-22-2012 06:32 AM

Beautiful Piece. nice inlay!!

-- Michael and Matthew

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#14 posted 01-22-2012 06:48 AM

Excellent work! That’s my woodworking Bro!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 01-22-2012 02:21 PM

A great piece. Love it all the way around. Very nice job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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