Bookmatched figured walnut coffee table, framed in Bubinga.

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Project by matt garcia posted 05-07-2008 06:25 AM 3961 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is where the artistry begins! This is my coffee table in figured walnut. The top is a crotch grained, bookmatch piece of walnut, framed in Bubinga. I got this color scheme from watching David Marks. Once again, mortise and integral tenon joinery. The top is attached with figure 8’s, and the frame is biscuit joined, and mitered to the top. This table proudly sits in the living room!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#1 posted 05-07-2008 07:12 AM

that looks amazing

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#2 posted 05-07-2008 07:25 AM

Thanks!! Gimme that beer!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 05-07-2008 01:52 PM

Great choose of wood layout. Very well done.

-- JJohn

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#4 posted 05-07-2008 02:16 PM

The contrast of woods is good, but I love the grain pattern in the walnut, it really pulls your eyes in.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#5 posted 05-07-2008 03:39 PM

WOW that is gorgeous, very nice body of work you have put together.

Thanks for the chance to se them.

-- Hope Never fails

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#6 posted 05-07-2008 04:00 PM

Very nice indeed. I’d be very proud of that too!

Did you machine the top or use hand tools to work all the figured grain?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#7 posted 05-07-2008 08:07 PM

Most beautiful! Your style is one I strive to match. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 05-07-2008 08:50 PM

very pretty.

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#9 posted 05-08-2008 02:50 AM

I love it. How did you finish it?

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#10 posted 05-08-2008 04:16 AM

Thanks guys!! Yes, when I saw this bookmatched pair on ebay, coffee table was the first thing to come to mind!! Jeff, you ask a very good question. This top was the hardest thing to get all the scratches, and imperfections out. The grain just goes EVERYWHERE!! Thank God for the cabinet scraper!! It seemed like everytime I thought I had it, and went to final sand with 220 grit, I would find another scratch. I think I went through all 4 of my burnished scapers until I got it right. Then I sanded it to 220 by hand. I tried to finish sand it with my finish sander, but it kept making scratches in the opposite grain direction. I decided to just do it by hand. This piece is also finished in Armor Seal.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 05-08-2008 04:36 AM


-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 05-08-2008 09:34 AM


This is simply beautiful. You did a gorgeous job on the finish. Nice wood selection as well.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 05-08-2008 04:47 PM

Thats a good looking table. You chose a nice piece of walnut, and I like the way you framed it.

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#14 posted 05-08-2008 07:29 PM

Thanks for the details on the finishing Matt. I’m glad you were able to get it to the point you wanted to achieve with a scraper. Wow, all 4…. Nice work!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#15 posted 05-09-2008 08:01 AM

Amazing crotch figure! Are you worried about those miters opening up given wood movement?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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