Walnut Coffee Table

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Project by rbowie posted 06-08-2012 05:47 PM 1440 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first project. Nothing like getting in over my head right out of the gates.

I started with a 5 foot by 16” slab of walnut complete with sawmill marks. I had limited tools to work with so I spent the next 2 weeks getting to know my No. 5 Stanley plane really well. If only I had known how handy the router sled method was for flattening a slab I would have been done in a fraction of the time. It was still time well spent in learning how to hand plane efficiently.

Joinery was another challenge. I was under no illusions that I was capable at that point of mortise and tenon so I copped out and went with lag bolts from the top. This required I do a decent job of cutting plugs, which turned out fairly well.

I finished it with Danish oil followed by a few layers of poly.

This was a gift to my parents for their 40th wedding anniversary.

-- Richard, Calgary

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 05:52 PM

Really lovely !
I do so like the design.Alistair

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 06:19 PM

Looks good and well hidden plugs

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 08:08 PM

I really like this. I have a similar walnut slab that is headed for the exact same fate.

Are your “legs” from the same slab?

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 08:56 PM

The legs were from another piece of walnut. I ended up only taking about 3” off each end of the table to square it up and provide stock for plugging the bolt holes.

-- Richard, Calgary

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#5 posted 06-08-2012 09:30 PM


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#6 posted 06-08-2012 10:09 PM

Excellent job. Good solution on the ‘joinery’. Probably stronger than tenons.

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

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