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Figured Claro Walnut Dining Table

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Project by TomRash posted 01-26-2014 07:45 PM 2452 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The top is a bookmatched set of figured crotch claro walnut boards that were 98’ x 18.5’. I spent all summer deciding on what to make our dining table out of at first I was going to do Bubinga, then cherry, but finally we decided we liked Claro walnut the best. The base is made out of cherry, which I used because we decided we liked the two-tone look. The aprons are lightly figured with the sapwood remaining. I kept the sapwood, because I think it complements the top, which also has sapwood. I did a few different mockups for the base, but finally settled on this. I know that the top is the showstopper while the base is playing second fiddle. If I don’t like the look of the base in a few years I can always make a new one. The inspiration for the base came from Thos Moser’s Bungalow collection and Brian Hubel’s “Solide” table. I tried to give the legs some flow by making them curve on the outside edges. The top and base are both finished with waterlox OSF. I still am waiting a few more days until I do the final rubout on the table. Thanks for looking.





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#1 posted 01-26-2014 08:04 PM

OMG that is beautiful.

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#2 posted 01-26-2014 08:36 PM

Wow! How beautiful. What a great find on the claro walnut. I like the base too. Nice job.

-- Ben in Va

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#3 posted 01-26-2014 08:59 PM

Great looking table. Truly generational furniture

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#4 posted 01-26-2014 09:27 PM

that is just so beautiful, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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#5 posted 01-26-2014 09:34 PM

That is incredible figure! You’ve done a good job in showing it to its best advantage.

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#6 posted 01-26-2014 11:14 PM

Amazing in every aspect. Bravo.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#7 posted 01-27-2014 12:36 AM

Oh My Dear Lord! Not too many things on this earth that I love more than figgy walnut! It goes without saying that I LOOOOOVE this! But I will say it anyway…...I LOOOOOVE this!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#8 posted 01-27-2014 12:37 AM

I like it so much…...it’s giving me a rash!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#9 posted 01-27-2014 01:39 AM

Yep, That turned out just amazing! I like the apron/legs and when that cherry darkens, it will look even nicer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 01-27-2014 03:48 AM

Amazing Walnut!! Nice Job!!

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#11 posted 01-27-2014 04:32 AM

You certainly did those marvelous slabs justice. Well done.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#12 posted 01-27-2014 01:56 PM

I love the table top and the base! One question though, that table being made of 2 wide boards, are you afraid it will warp? Or do you have some trick for preventing that?

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#13 posted 01-27-2014 06:12 PM

wow amazing grain

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#14 posted 01-28-2014 02:41 AM

Everyone else is saying it, so I will too. Amazing!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#15 posted 01-30-2014 05:05 PM

Spectacular table! Gorgeous top, beautiful legs and flawless finish, will definitely be a great family heirloom for sure. Excellent job!

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