Walnut Coffee Table

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Project by SteveL posted 06-02-2013 11:22 PM 1312 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed the finishing of this modern style walnut coffee table, which I made as a wedding present for my son and daughter-in-law, who will be married this coming Saturday. The table was made in a class at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop with Alan Turner and Mario Rodriguez as the instructors. The material is entirely walnut. The top is glued up from 3 boards, then breadboard ends were applied. The legs were cut on the bandsaw and the curves were faired on a spindle sander and belt sander. All the edges are rounded over. I did have the advantage of their wide drum sander which allowed us to level the top after glueup. The finish is boiled linseed oil, followed by 3 coats of superblonde, de-waxed shellac (I mix my own to about a half-pound cut), then two topcoats of thinned polyurethane (equal parts mineral spirits and polyurethane from the can). After that dried, I put a coat of dark briwax on for a bit more protection. The kids have two pitbull mix dogs who are still puppies at heart, so I also had an acrylic top cut for now to keep them from scratching the top, since there is no reasoning with them about standing on the furniture.

-- SteveL

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 12:23 AM

Wow this is really nice you did a great job.

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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#2 posted 06-03-2013 01:02 AM

Nice job! I like it.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 06-03-2013 09:59 AM

Really beautiful coffee table.Love it.Coffee table is an important part of your living room. It may be fancy or plain,expensive or cheap as dirt, but a coffee table is a coffee table and no home is complete without one.

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#4 posted 06-03-2013 03:46 PM

Very nice piece for a good occasion!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 06-03-2013 05:06 PM

Made one a few years back and can remember the fun part was spoke shaving the legs. Yours came out wonderful with wonderful gain flow and a very thoughtful gift as well…nice work all around…BC

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#6 posted 06-03-2013 05:18 PM

Steve, you did a nice job on this table. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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