Walnut Burl Sunburst Side Table

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Project by Jeff Tobert posted 632 days ago 1680 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that I completed a while back. It was designed to be a table to fit between two swivel recliner chairs in my living room. The top is made of a round veneered sunburst pattern of some gorgeous walnut burl veneer that I got from North Carolina. It has a ring of solid walnut to edge it off and a maple inlay string separating the border from the field. The base is made from African Mahogany. The challenges on this project included the curved half-lap joinery on the base, and the veneering of the top. This was a fun project that didn’t take a lot of time. The table is simple, yet has some really nice features.
Please feel free to comment and critique.

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#1 posted 632 days ago

Unique beautiful piece

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#2 posted 632 days ago

It is beautiful. Really well done.

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#3 posted 632 days ago

Love the curved base. Adds a nice element to the beautiful top without overpowering it.

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#4 posted 632 days ago

very nice work jeff

simple yet complex

the perfect meld
of good design and craftsmanship

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#5 posted 632 days ago

Great design and execution

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#7 posted 631 days ago

Very nice piece – what
did you use for a finish?


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#8 posted 631 days ago

Stunning piece, well done!!

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#9 posted 631 days ago

very nice. love the base.

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#10 posted 630 days ago

My goodness…

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#11 posted 630 days ago

Caught my eye. A well done piece. I love it when a really talented woodworker with excellent skills says…:simple” LOL! Wow piece.

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#12 posted 630 days ago

Thanks for the kind words everyone. The finish is an epoxy bar top finish. I went with it because the table actually gets a lot of use. The finish is tough and very resistant to pretty much anything.

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#13 posted 241 days ago

Very tasty!

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#14 posted 240 days ago

Beautiful work. Did you design this yourself? Also, where do you buy epoxy bar top finish?

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#15 posted 228 days ago

Yup it was my own design. I used a product called from System Three called Mirror coat. I bought it from a place online called Wood Essence, but it is widely available.

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