Walnut Natural Edged Table

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Project by TrBlu posted 05-29-2012 04:35 PM 2183 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I must start of by thanking my friend, Robert Putman (aka: Grizzman) for this beautiful piece of Walnut. As Rob mentioned in an earlier post, we did some “horse trading” a month or so back. As part of the deal, I received that wonderful piece of walnut for a small natural edged table.

I filled the voids in the knots (on the top piece) with two-part fibreglass resin blackened using crushed charcoal. The legs are cut from either end of the original plank, giving a little continuity to the grain.

I used a piece of quarter-sawn Walnut as the support between the legs. Assembled legs and support using pocket screws, the pluged holes. Used fastners from McFeely’s to attach top to legs.

The table is sanded to 400 grit, finished with Watco Danish Oil, then topped with Minwax high gloss wipe-on poly.

Pic #1 – “Eyes” detail on top, showing the depth of curl in this walnut.
Pics #2 & #3 – Table in my den.
Pic #4 – Upside down during finishing showing assembly.
Pic #5 – Original plank after going through the surface planer.
Pic #6 – Amazing how much chips the planer makes.

Thanks for looking. Comments & critiques welcome.


-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 05:31 PM

well i was glad to see what you had left was in picture 1 and not picture 6, i think i would have cried… looks really great tim, i sure love walnut and you did this piece proud, enjoy looking at it when in your den…when i look at wood, i see god and what blessing he has given me with his beautiful wood, great job, the finish turned out really well, i bet its smooth…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 05:37 PM


that is a great wee table

what an incredible grain pattern


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 06:30 PM

very nice, beautiful finish

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

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#4 posted 05-29-2012 07:44 PM

What a beautiful, natural top. I even see two eyes and a nose.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 08:08 PM


That’s a good looking natural edge table. – Len

I just love it when the woodgrain speaks to me.

...oh my, that first picture just said ..E.T. phone home. ;-)

-- 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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robert triplett

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#6 posted 05-29-2012 10:55 PM

A nice job with the wood. I like the support under the table being somewhat hidden. It does give it an airy and kind of fragile look. I would worry in a house full of boys. Mine would have found a way to tweak it!! It should work fine in a calmer household. I like how you filled the voids from the knotholes.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 05-30-2012 01:03 AM

I really like the live edges and the grain is spectacular. I don’t know what you had to swap Grizz for this but if it wasn’t your firstborn, ya done good! The table fits the wood perfectly.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 05-31-2012 02:16 PM

Beautiful color and finish, well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 06-01-2012 10:53 AM

Love the grain. I have thought of using kreg pockets on a rustic piece- but wasn’t sure how they would look. Can you take a pic of the plugged holes for me? Also- did you buy the plugs that go with the kreg or did you use something else? My neighbor the doctor next door has a pile of well seasoned old (20 years+) oak boards in the top of his garage that he is giving me and I am thinking I might be able to do a similar project perhaps? Thanks

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 06-01-2012 01:48 PM

I will try to get a picture of the plugs added over the weekend.

I bought the plugs at Woodcraft. You can also make them with a 3/8” dowel, but there would be a lot of wast to get the cuts and sanding right.

The pocket screws are only used in the cross brace between the legs. The top is held to the legs and cross brace using a series of clips I ordered from McFeely’s. I linked the clips in the original post. The clips use a kerf from a bisket joiner and a screw in the underside of the top.

I can get both in the same picture.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#11 posted 06-02-2012 01:43 PM

I used six pocket screws in the brace. There are two shown in this picture. There is one on the opposite side that centers these two. I did the same on the other end of the brace. The upper plug in the pic is the worst matched of the bunch. I didn’t pay close enough attention to color when selecting plugs from the package. At least it is close to the top where you are least likely to see it.

You can also see one of the table clips attaching the top.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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