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Project by descolada posted 188 days ago 1456 views 11 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There were not many firsts for me in this project, but pretty much everything was a first for me at this scale. Final dimensions are 7’ long, 40” wide, and 1.5” thick. The top is figured walnut, the base normal black walnut, and the accent wood is bubinga.

The boards for the top were from a flitch of eight 8.5’ long, 15” wide, 10/4 half live edge slabs. The length of these boards mean that my 12” jointer/planer took too much off too much wood and the one board I did this way ended up 1” thick on the end (it was also exhausting flattening a 125 pound board 1/16” at a time). I ended up building a router plane jig, and then had to bump up an already planned shop project and build an additional bench as my 60” long work bench wasn’t long enough for these boards either.

The finish on the top was in several steps: 1. Layer of dewaxed shellac mixed with black walnut dye applied and then sanded down to accentuate the figure 2. Two layers of general finishes matte oil and urethane finish 3. One layer of waterlox original gloss finish

I was originally going to stop at step 2, but that figure looked so good glossy that I just had to try it out. So far it still looks great after a fair bit of use and with minimal need for cleaning.

It was a lot of work but I’m really happy with how this turned out. Next project up is to replace my dinning room chairs (in progress) and then taking advantage of the rest of this set of figured walnut to make a matching coffee table and buffet.





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Glen Peterson

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#1 posted 188 days ago

It’s spectacular. Now I’m going to check out your other projects
Cheers

-- Glen

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mike1950

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#2 posted 188 days ago

Beautiful wood and very 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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#3 posted 188 days ago

Beautiful an outstanding table with very special wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Gary

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#4 posted 188 days ago

Love the figure in the table top. Beautiful.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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#5 posted 188 days ago

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Nicholas Hall

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#6 posted 188 days ago

Looks fantastic. You’ve built an heirloom for sure.

I’m trying to picture taking 10/4 down to 1” with a planer, it makes my arms sore just thinking about it. Was the wood loss mostly from twist or bow, or were you just shooting for 1” in the first place?

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Howie

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#7 posted 188 days ago

That, is a fine looking build. Great job!

-- Life is good.

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HillbillyShooter

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#8 posted 188 days ago

Beautiful wood and nice design—all well done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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grumpy749

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#9 posted 188 days ago

’’ wow ’’ I hate to put a money value on a beautiful table ’’ but ’’ this walnut, valued in my neck of the woods is not hundreds of dollars but more like thousands of dollars. now I know that walnut does not grow in Seattle so this means import. Sweet table and walnut in my humble opinion is the most beautiful wood. And not only that, wood left over for more projects. how I envy.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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Mean_Dean

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#10 posted 188 days ago

Man that is a beautiful table! I love walnut, and that tabletop is just spectacular!

I do have a question though: I noticed that you have breadboard ends on the tabletop. When the top expands and contracts, does it grow wider/narrower than the breadboard end? If so, how did you plan around that?

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

-- Dean

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489tad

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#11 posted 188 days ago

Wow! The table is beautiful. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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aussiedave

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#12 posted 188 days ago

Wow what a beautiful table and the wood is amazing and the finish just lifts the wood pattern bringing it alaive.
Excellent work, thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Oldtool

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#13 posted 188 days ago

A masterpiece. Beautiful construction and finish. Great build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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NormLz

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#14 posted 188 days ago

What a beautiful table! You should be very proud…

-- Norm, Connecticut

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SteveGaskins

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#15 posted 188 days ago

I agree with Oldtool, a Masterpiece. Thanks for sharing your work.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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