Maloof style small walnut side table

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Project by jmp posted 04-08-2013 06:13 PM 1928 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some american walnut offcuts hanging around so I decided to make a small side table. I followed a set of Maloof plans, scaled down to size. Originally the legs were going to be for a live edged table top but it didn’t quite work so I decided to make a walnut top instead. I had another offcut, a small piece of quite thick wood which I had struggled to find a use for. I cut this into small tiles and then glued them up into a herringbone pattern which looks very effective. The legs are finished with Maloof’s oil and varnish and oil and wax mixes, the top with wiping varnish.
This is my first attempt at sculpted table legs and would definitely recommend anyone who hasn’t tried this to have a go. I was very pleased with the result and an effective use of my spare wood.


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#1 posted 04-08-2013 07:18 PM

Really nice work. You must have some clever method for the herringbone glue-up?

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 09:44 PM

Very nicely crafted piece of furniture, well done. Is there a sub-top to the table with the boards glued to it? I ask because it looks like a lot of end grain joints exist. Thanks for showing.

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 09:52 PM

Nice table. The herringbone pattern for the top and the use of off cuts is a very interesting idea and way to use this wood.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 07:23 PM

Like the beautiful top and the legs, overall it’s a gorgeous piece. Great job!

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 02:23 PM

Very nice, great use of wood on top, the legs are going to be one of my next challenges .

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