Walnut Island Top

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Project by rlwilson posted 05-04-2013 06:28 AM 2046 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut Island Top built for client. 97” x 62” 1-3/4” thick over 100 pieces. 140 BF of Walnut!!! Cut out is for drop in gas cooktop. My current shop is 12’ x 12’ (breaking ground on 24’ x 36’ 1-1/2 story timber frame shop this summer) so it took every inch of space (thus shop is a disaster in pic). Built in 12” sections planed and glued. Flattened by hand plane and sander. Built on a Shopsmith! Edge is a new Frued 4 wing cutter they are worth the extra $$$! NO tear out and the shavings from the cut look like fine hand plane cuts. Finish is the real milk paint Organic Dark Tung Oil cut with citrus oil for food grade finish. This was my first time using the finish and I am a big fan. I still have to finish 3 small counter walnut plank counter-tops. Then I will buff the top with beeswax. Local cabinet maker built the cabinets (they look good but lack fit and finish quality). Hope to get some professional pictures to show local designers! What do you think?

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#1 posted 05-04-2013 01:35 PM

Looks very nice, always been a fan of walnut myself. If you did that in a 12×12 with a Shopsmith, looking forward to see what you do with a bigger shop and a dedicated tablesaw.

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#2 posted 05-04-2013 01:55 PM

Wow, that is awesome, nice work!

Did you start with 140 BF or is that what is left?

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#3 posted 05-04-2013 02:15 PM

Thanks… Their is 140 bf in the top.

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#4 posted 05-04-2013 03:23 PM

great counter top,very nice work.i know your excited about the new shop.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 05-05-2013 01:28 AM

Thats a big glue up project for a 12×12 shop. Very impressive.

-- JustplaneJeff

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#6 posted 05-05-2013 03:17 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 05-06-2013 04:59 PM

Awesome and stunning walnut island! Looks perfect in the kitchen. Shows great talent and skills to build one.

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