Winnonas Walnut Table

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Project by bhog posted 06-12-2012 12:15 AM 2040 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table for a woman who over the years has become like a grandmother to me.I built it for her 92nd birthday. The wood was cut and milled by her father sometime in the 70’s on her farm here in Southern Illinois and has been sitting up in one of her barns since.I have been using this wood for a few years .

There was alot of handwork done on it and even used Winnonas dead husbands spokeshaves to chamfer the legs and trim under the aprons etc.

It measures 67w x 14d x 31t.The finish on it is french polished garnet shellac with the top being grain filled with pummice,followed by a little paste wax.

pics are from my non smart phone.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 12:31 AM

Table looks great! It is special to reuse material that the person being honored, cut and milled the wood themselves, then give it to their significant other. I was able to use cedar that my wife’s grandfather cut and milled himself to make a special gift for her. Even though you made the gift, in a way, that person had his hand in it too. Great job.

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 12:44 AM

that looks really nice. I’ve often thought the story (like this one) should be inscribed underneath the piece to be forever remembered. It certainly adds value that will certainly be lost with time.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 12:58 AM

GWW your absolutely right makes it even more special.

Don thats a good idea , I will have to do something about.Thanks.

Thanks for the comments guys .

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 01:33 AM

Awesome table Brandon. I have a thing for “hall” tables. I have never heard of filling grain,with pumice. What is this craziness of which you speak?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#5 posted 06-12-2012 11:34 AM

Scott what I do is put on a few light rubbed on coats,or maybe 1 brush coat, and with a pad or rubber charged with alcohol and dabbed in ffff pumice rub it down.You dont want to use too much or you can have a mess.The idea is for the pumice to abrade the wood and mix with the shellac and fill grain.

You have to keep adding alcohol and dabbing in the pumice and push pretty hard.I work in small areas because its easier to see.And always practice first because its easy to make a mess.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#6 posted 06-12-2012 12:56 PM

Very nice I’m sure she loves it…..Love walnut

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 06-21-2012 09:00 PM

Nice table Brandon. I think its great for her to have something made from the wood her husband cut.

-- Chuck,

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 03:10 AM

That table looks perfect there. Very nice work! Wished I was as familiar with finishes as you are! :-)

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#9 posted 07-24-2012 10:25 AM

Smitty , thanks.A little handed down knowledge(lol) and alot of practice.Also when its done by hand like that its never perfect,I just have to decide when its good enouph. ;)

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#10 posted 10-18-2012 12:51 AM

WOW. That is a beautiful table!! Nice story to go with it. I’ll bet she’ll treasure that one!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 10-18-2012 02:22 AM

Second look. It is, in fact a great table. The thing that I find curious is that you describe using a French polish but the top doesn’t look plastic. I associate a French polish with a plastic look. Am I wrong?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#12 posted 10-18-2012 12:32 PM

Scott I dont think a french polish looks plasticky.To me a thick film finish is what youre describing.A french polish is a thin film finish but with alot of depth.The pics here are horible and do not show the glossyness of it.That may be what you are thinking.I wouldnt say youre wrong Scott just different… ;)

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#13 posted 10-19-2012 12:08 PM

You nailed this one Hog. I think i need to take your class on finishes. I love wood with a story.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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