Walnut Side Table

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Project by JamesVavra posted 04-08-2013 05:54 PM 1756 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small table was designed specifically for a spot between two small chairs. While the chair’s arm rests are fully capably of supporting a drink, my wife prefers that I not set them there.

The walnut was felled on my great grandfather’s farm some time in the early 80s. There was a very small stash left in my grandfather’s shop when he died a few years ago, and I was fortunate enough to get a hold of what was left. The rear vertical member has a through tenon penetrating the top, with ebony wedges (it’s a standard tenon into the base). The forward, angled member is through doweled in the top with ebony dowels with a single ebony dowel at the base.

Finish is built up with multiple coast of blonde shellac and then topcoated with a water-borne poly. It’s got a glossy sheen that will get rubbed out with steel wool and then waxed.

Overall dimensions are something like 20” tall with a 18”x9” top. The 8/4 base is around 8”x12”.

Questions/comments/critiques are welcome. Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 04-08-2013 07:08 PM

Really nice looking

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 09:00 PM

That’s a beautiful slab of walnut you got there! And a nice story about how you got ahold of it.

Your table does justice to that piece of walnut—and I hope your wife likes it, too!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 09:48 PM

Nice looking table. A really interesting design. I like the live edge base. You’ve put your great grandfathers walnut to excellent use.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 10:11 PM

Great looking table and you have an excellent name!!

G Vavra

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 11:40 PM

I like your table design very much. Nice work!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 04-10-2013 01:17 PM

Super nice!
I love that you made two different joints that go through.
Lovely table.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 04-10-2013 02:38 PM

Unusual design and a nice table. It looks nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 04-10-2013 07:06 PM

Beautiful and interesting side table! Like the unique design, the live edge base and the joinery as well.

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