Nakashima-style table

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Project by Asa Christiana posted 05-25-2012 04:02 PM 6851 views 39 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of a walnut Nakashima dining table. I love the combination of the organic looking top and the geometric base, with that low Nakashima stretcher to tie it to the earth.

I resawed the top from a big slab and then opened up the pieces to create the big bookmatch. To get the slab through my bandsaw, I first ripped it down the middle, and then rejoined all the pieces afterward.

I left a gap down the middle the way George did, holding the pieces together with butterfly keys.

-- Asa Christiana (editor of Fine Woodworking)

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 04:14 PM

Very attractive table with beautiful lines and super finish.Great Job.

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 05:19 PM

Very nice – my kind of a table. do you have a shot of the support structure underneath the table top?

Many thanks

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#3 posted 05-25-2012 05:35 PM

very nice table Asa, I like the natural edges, and those boards are gorgeous!

That straight gap in the middle really adds a lot of interest and character to the piece, very interesting.

Thanks for posting, and Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 05:36 PM

This is a really nice project! I love the walnut as well as the overall form of the table.

Does the lower stretcher sit directly on the ground, or is it off the floor a tad? I would imagine if it sat directly on the floor it would wobble with any imperfections in the floor surface, right?

Thanks for posting this – you did a fantastic job!


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#5 posted 05-25-2012 07:43 PM

Yup, lower stretcher sits right on the floor, like the bottoms of the trestle feet. When I get a chance I’ll shoot a shot underneath…

-- Asa Christiana (editor of Fine Woodworking)

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 08:13 PM

Beautiful Thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 05-26-2012 12:48 AM

Added to my favorites. Very nice job indeed. Great dimensions

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#8 posted 05-26-2012 11:32 AM

wonderfully executed, beautiful in every way.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#9 posted 05-26-2012 01:10 PM

Beautiful Table Asa! Thanks for sharing it!


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#10 posted 05-29-2012 04:19 PM

Looks great. I love the butterfly keys joining it. How big is your band saw? Even with ripping it they still look big.
Great job Asa. Jerry

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Asa Christiana

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#11 posted 05-29-2012 06:13 PM

Good eye, jerry. Yeah, I’ve got a big bandsaw now, but at the time I had a standard 14-in. model, so I resawed them on the 18-in. Agazzanni at the FWW shop!

-- Asa Christiana (editor of Fine Woodworking)

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#12 posted 05-29-2012 07:42 PM

I like this. It is so clean, neat, and natural looking. The wood is beautiful.


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#13 posted 05-29-2012 08:15 PM

Outstanding !!

This Table has it all, eye popping grain, live edge, clean lines and a great finish with bow ties for ornamentation.

Exceptional fit and finish.

Thanks for sharing. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Asa Christiana

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#14 posted 05-29-2012 08:21 PM

All the credit goes to George Nakashima, one of the fathers of fine woodworking. His books are a must read, and a must see. And his daughter, Mira, is still running the family furniture making business in New Hope, PA:
My table is an homage, almost a direct reproduction. Designed in the 1960s (I believe) and still beautiful.

-- Asa Christiana (editor of Fine Woodworking)

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#15 posted 05-29-2012 10:21 PM

Beautiful table

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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