Walnut End Table

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Project by Ottacat posted 12-08-2013 04:44 PM 2051 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a walnut end table I made for my mother. The top is a quad-match walnut burl veneer framed by 1/4” of maple and then a full walnut frame.

The base design came from an article in Fine Woodworking by Timothy Rousseau on a frame and panel cabinet. I altered the dimensions to make it fit the size and height my mom wanted.

The frame, top and bottom aprons and front blades are all solid walnut. I used the Domino extensively in this project. The frame is all assembled using Dominos, the top frame around the veneer is attached with Dominos and the mitred edges are held together with Dominos. It can’t be seen but I also them in assembling the drawer. The Dominos sped up the joinery part of the project and made it dead on. It enabled my to concentrate on other new things for me such as the veneered top.

The panels are walnut veneered plywood. The plywood veneer was slip-matched so I spent a fair amount of time to ensure that I cut out even looking sections. To help I made a cardboard cutout of each the sides, back and door to get a pleasing and balanced section of the plywood. It was my first frame and panel project. It is fairly simple in its lines but I think it works.

This was my first time joining veneer to create the quad-match top. I found cutting and jointing the burl was a fussy process but I took my time and I was happy with how it came out. It certainly is the highlight of the piece.

The drawer is a frame with a face front, mounted on drawer slides. Because the table is for my mom I wanted it to slide smoothly. The door is mounted with knife hinges and it was my first time using them. They took a lot of time and I found them tough to mount. You have to get them perfect in all three dimensions for the door to fit just right.

I finished it with medium walnut Danish oil and then a couple of coats of Arm-R-Seal. The top has about 6-7 coats as the veneer kept soaking it up.

I am really happy with the result and this project had a lot of firsts for me.

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 05:13 PM

This is a wonderful piece and the wood is beautiful.

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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#2 posted 12-08-2013 05:50 PM

Great piece Ottacat. As you pointed out it involved several firsts and it turned out beautifully.

Was this your first time using the vacuum? What vacuum do you have and are you happy with it?

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#3 posted 12-08-2013 05:56 PM

Very very nice end table, great joinery and craftsmanship. The table top is beautiful, you did an awesome job, thanksfor sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 12-08-2013 06:19 PM

Beautiful wood and nice use of it!!!

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 12-08-2013 07:02 PM

@CL810 – This was my second project using the vacuum press. The first was a hall table that is also in project section here on LJ. That table just used one piece so there was no cutting and jointing of the veneers.

The vacuum I use is this one – along with a 4×6 nylon bag. I’m only going to be using this about 4 to 6 times a year so the continuous run isn’t an issue to me. It isn’t even very loud.

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#6 posted 12-08-2013 10:12 PM

Very nice work, beautiful veneer, great maple edge, great.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 12-09-2013 12:11 AM

this is a striking piece, yes simple in lines, but your placing of the woods and of coarse the walnut, it just seems to stand out, i know your mother will look at it many times, always remembering it was her sone who made it, very nice build.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 12-09-2013 12:56 AM

great job

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#9 posted 12-09-2013 03:56 AM

Very nice piece.
Be careful. Veneering can be a slippery slope but it leads to some very interesting places.
Thanks for this one.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#11 posted 12-09-2013 09:00 PM

Very attractive piece!

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#12 posted 12-10-2013 03:22 PM

My wife was peaking over my shoulder when I was looking at this. We both really like it. And I think now I’ve got another project to work on sometime next year!

-- Matt, SW MN,

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