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Bookmatched figured walnut coffee table, framed in Bubinga.

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Project by matt garcia posted 2277 days ago 2397 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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Boon

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#1 posted 2277 days ago

that looks amazing

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 2277 days ago

Thanks!! Gimme that beer!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 2276 days ago

Great choose of wood layout. Very well done.

-- JJohn

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Joey

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#4 posted 2276 days ago

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

-- Joey, Magee, Ms http://woodnwaresms.com

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Mario

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#5 posted 2276 days ago

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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Jeff

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#6 posted 2276 days ago

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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TreeBones

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#7 posted 2276 days ago

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

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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macpiper

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#8 posted 2276 days ago

very pretty.

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Kipster

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#9 posted 2276 days ago

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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matt garcia

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#10 posted 2276 days ago

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 2276 days ago

GORGEOUS WALNUT !!!

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

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 2276 days ago

Matt,

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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daveintexas

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#13 posted 2275 days ago

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

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Jeff

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#14 posted 2275 days ago

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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Dorje

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#15 posted 2275 days ago

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

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

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