Walnut side table

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Project by Jersey posted 07-29-2012 06:47 PM 5446 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This side table is made from one board of Black Walnut. The size of the table was dictated by the width of the board as I wanted to try and make it without gluing up extra boards. It ended up 14” wide. Too wide for the planer so I ended up flattening and thicknessing to just over an inch thick by hand which was a good workout.

I like the chunky dovetails which are the only ornamentation on this otherwise simple piece of furniture where the grain wrapping up and over in sequence speaks for itself.

Finished with BLO and then poly.

I have the rest of the board left over to make another matching table.

All comments welcome.

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 07:17 PM

Nice table and sooooooo Strong! Great dovetails!........................Jim

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 07:41 PM

Nice. I like those big clunky dovetails !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#3 posted 07-29-2012 09:12 PM

Very Cool! Adding it to my favorites. I have been wanting to build similar tables to go over the foot stool/chest.

How did you do the chunky dovetails? By hand or a router? Can you please give me details on that?

Thanks for sharing these with us.

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#4 posted 07-29-2012 09:29 PM

Clean & sharp glue line dovetail joints.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 07-29-2012 09:30 PM

Thanks for the comments.
Tool Junkie – I did the dovetails on my Leigh jig. Seemed to be about at the limit of its capacity for the thickness of the wood.

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#6 posted 07-30-2012 01:20 AM

That is very nice. Congrats!!

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#7 posted 07-30-2012 05:23 AM

Love the grain on that walnut! You did it justice.

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#8 posted 07-30-2012 07:01 PM

I love the simplicity of the design and execution – the thick dovetails are great!

Excellent work :)

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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#9 posted 08-06-2012 04:12 PM

That is the most efficient use of that beautiful wood you could have made. I like how it totally focuses on the beauty of the wood and the joiner and nothing else. It makes you want to just rub on it.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 08-10-2012 02:55 PM

Very clean, and I agree, you did it justice.

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#11 posted 11-15-2012 06:47 PM

Nice grain matching, it adds to the quality of the piece for sure. Make more and sell them!


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#12 posted 11-16-2012 03:15 PM

I love the dovetails! My wife wants me to make a sofa table and end table just like this. I am assuming you cut these by hand? I haven’t dealt with dovetails yet, how difficult?

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#13 posted 11-16-2012 07:45 PM

Thanks Friendlysb.
The dovetails were cut on my leigh dovetail jig. I am not good enough at hand cut dovetails to bang these out with no gaps…yet. The thickness of the timber is just about at the limit of the jig but I managed to just get it to work ok.

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#14 posted 11-17-2012 01:39 PM

How thick was the material? I looks like 1 1/4”.

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#15 posted 11-17-2012 02:35 PM

Hi Friendlysb
It is 1 1/8” thick

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