Mesquite and black walnut coffee table

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Project by justmakeit posted 11-11-2012 02:28 PM 2332 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first real piece of woodworking. I am new to woodworking and am open to any feedback that you have.

This is a 8/4 mesquite slab that I got from a local mill here in Tucson and some 25 year aged black walnut that I picked up on my honeymoon back in Syracuse, NY. The masculine 2 inch thick mesquite slab is balanced by the two exiguous bases joined together at the heart of the table using high figured black walnut. To give the base its own identity I tapered each board from top-to-bottom and left-to-right. I also created a triple layer color tone by incorporating different wood species designed to naturally link with the base colors in a room e.g., Native mesquite (light brown – earth tones), Chilean mesquite ( reds – browns – blacks), Black Walnut ( Dark brown, purple). I also hand turned all 16 dowels out of the black walnut to give each joint a distinct contrast and extend the color tone. The table dimensions are 60” L x 21’’ W x 19.5’’ H

Don’t kill me but yes, I first sealed the wood with 7 separate coats of tung oil, sanding in between and increasing the grit. But the overall finish was not good enough to handle every day wear and tear that a coffee table needs to. I decided to add three coats of… poly, which created the seal that I wanted to withstand spills and eventually nonsensical stick figure drawings with crayons.

I would love to hear your tung oil finishing techniques for mesquite, black walnut or any species and sealer.

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 03:41 PM

That’s really nice.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 03:42 PM

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 05:53 PM

Great job on the table!! Welcome to LJ’s

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 09:14 PM

Thanks gentlemen! Monte, did you ever get any pictures of the finished bar top (The two inch thick by 6 foot long pine that you mitered)? I have five, two inch thick, four feet long pin slabs that I’ve been wanting to do something with and I think I can take inspiration from you and create something for my patio.

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 02:33 AM

That is a beautiful table! The top is levitated above that base in a most unique design. Your finish looks like a lot of work but it is flawless and I couldn’t recommend anything that would improve it. It’s no sin to use poly on tabletops. (how else can you protect them from life’s uncertainties?)

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

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 02:36 AM

WOW, thats very nice!

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#7 posted 02-12-2014 12:18 PM

This is outta the park hit. WowZa!

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