Walnut Coffee Table

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Project by Lifesaver2000 posted 02-20-2012 01:26 AM 1971 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the walnut coffee table I blogged a little bit about building here:

It is constructed primarily of air-dried black walnut, with some SYP secondary wood inside and drawers of half-inch Baltic Birch. Finish is Black Walnut Watco Danish oil, with four coats of Sherwin-Williams Wood ClassicsĀ® Waterborne Polyurethane Varnish sprayed with an HLVP system.

The panels on the side (and also on the back) are solid, single pieces of the walnut, about 5/8 thick. I wanted to do raised panels but my wife prefers the simpler look of the flat panels. A lot of the walnut I purchased (for $2 per board foot) is ten to twelve inches wide so I was able to get some pieces big enough I didn’t have to glue up for the floating panels.

The four drawers use full extension drawer slides from Rockler.

Rather than cover construction details here, I will let those interested refer to the blog series. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 01:51 AM

nice table, like all that drawer space

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 02:28 AM

Unique design well done.

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 12:52 PM

Great looking table, love the grain on the walnut, good choice of timber.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 01-19-2013 04:55 AM

Looks great! How did you like the Watco Danish oil? Did it change the color very much? I really like the coloring of your piece, and I work with Walnut quite a bit (also scored for about $2/bd ft air dried).

-- Steve

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#5 posted 01-19-2013 03:17 PM

The Watco oil is very nice. It was easy to use just following the directions.

As far as the coloring goes, all I have to compare the Watco to is a couple of pieces where I used only oil-based polyurethane. Compared to that, the Watco really didn’t darken the dark areas of grain any more than the poly alone, but it did darken the lighter areas more, so you could say it reduced the contrast of the grain. For me this was good because my wife doesn’t really like a lot of contrasting grain. She is very happy with the way this turned out.

Interesting to look back at this and see it has been almost a year. I am sitting right now just a couple feet away from it, and since it hasn’t fallen apart yet I guess I didn’t do too bad.

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