Office Table

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 06-16-2008 04:19 PM 2449 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a little 4/4 walnut laying around, and I had two guest chairs in my office at work just crying out for small table to separate them, so this is the result.

The first for me on this piece was staining walnut. Walnut is pretty much my favorite wood, and I just love how beautiful the color is the minute you wipe on a clear finish. But in this case I was matching the red mahogany finish of the rest of the office furniture, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the walnut took the stain. (At least it’s NOT paint, Ms. Debbie! <g>

Dimensions are roughly 16×20. The legs are each glued up from 2 pieces of 4/4 stock, with the fluting done using a router table and stop block. Finish is multiple coats of wipe-on poly.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 06-16-2008 04:25 PM

Very nice, finish is perfect and I like the style, I never used walnut I will have to try to get some its not wood we se too muck around here

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#2 posted 06-16-2008 04:48 PM


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#3 posted 06-16-2008 05:02 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 06-16-2008 05:09 PM

Very nice table, I wouldn’t mind seeing a pic when it gets to the office.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#5 posted 06-16-2008 05:09 PM

A very nice table. I like the way you fluted the legs. However, rather than staining the walnut, couldn’t you just have made new office furniture to match the table?

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#6 posted 06-16-2008 05:29 PM

Very sturdy and nice office table. The fluted legs adds to its look. The finish is so soothing. It is rare to see table without any support for the legs at the bottom.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 06-16-2008 06:20 PM

Great looking table, Charlie. I like the legs!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 06-16-2008 06:55 PM

How long do you estimate this project took ?

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#9 posted 06-16-2008 07:38 PM

Nice touch with the legs. I like it.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 06-16-2008 07:45 PM

Thanks Guys!

SawdustMill, I’d say maybe 8 hours total. This is really a very simple little table. The legs are attached to the apron with two 3/8” dowels on each face, and the top is attached with four table clips that float in grooves in the apron cut with my biscuit joiner.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 06-16-2008 08:58 PM

Stained walnut! What where you thinking…might as well have painted it…well I guess it does look pretty good…real good in fact.

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#12 posted 06-16-2008 09:08 PM

lol, Dennis. It was a hard thing to do. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 06-16-2008 10:01 PM

You should have bought some mahogany and saved the walnut. Nice table Charlie.

I might have to try that design with some of the Sapele that i got from the door and window shop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 06-17-2008 12:06 AM

Very Nice Charlie! Using stain is “against my religion”...especially for something like walnut, but I love the looks of this. It is beautiful.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#15 posted 06-17-2008 01:13 AM

Thats a nice looking table, Charlie.

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