Black Walnut Coffee Table

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Project by ajbergren posted 09-18-2013 02:41 AM 2163 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is designed following a C. Michael Vogt piece from fine woodworking, but I adapted and changed various things.

It is made using mortise and tenons (tenons by hand) and hand cut dovetail sockets for the middle stretcher. The top is a singe board, although there was variation in colour due to sapwood, I think it works well since there are streaks of matching colour in all four boards. There are two “hidden” stretchers below the top that are dovetailed into the side stretchers. This supports the top and also adds some attachment points via slotted holes.

As always, no sandpaper, just hand planed surfaces. The edge profile on the top was also shaped all by hand using an edge profiling tool to ensure uniformity.

Sorry about the lousy pictures, but thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 05:23 AM

Dang, I love walnut! Nice!

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 08:24 AM

Great table love Walnut. Made one for our outdoor kitchen a while back. Enjoy!

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 12:55 PM

That is really beautiful.

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 01:49 PM

Nicely done.

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 09:33 PM

Great job, love the design and the wood.

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 10:22 PM

Very nice table and design…the table top is beautiful…great job.

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#7 posted 09-20-2013 07:38 PM

Awesome table! Gorgeous wood choice, great joinery and pretty finish. It will be an heirloom piece to be enjoyed by many generations. Great job!

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 04:14 PM

That may be the most beautiful piece of wood that I’ve ever seen. Truly breathtaking. Thank you for posting, and Merry Christmas!

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