Walnut and white oak side table for my wife

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 143 days ago 1245 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have been working on this for some time. My last project was a side table for me made out of scrounged up wood. My wife wanting something matching on her side of the couch. Needless to say this is what I came up with. I used white oak (a first for me) that my lumber guy got for a song from a big factory that was closing down. Didn’t charge much at all for it. The walnut came from a bigger piece that I bought at the same time. This sucker is heavy! It’s about 27 inches high, 30 inches wide and about 14 inches deep. I am really liking the live edge thing recently. I think this may be the start of something I might call my own style.

The last picture is my new son Espen, sitting with my beautiful wife. He is a preemie and has been in the hospital for the past two weeks; and he gets to come home tomorrow for the first time! They are surprised at the hospital how well that he is actually doing. He is a tough little viking and he is drinking every bit of milk we can throw at him. I don’t get to stay at the hospital with my wife due to hospital policy (the last night is nesting for the mom, I was able to stay there after he was born for three days), so I am home pacing around at home anxiously, (hence posting the project). I’ve never been a father before and I have to say that it is a wonderful experience. Thank you all for the touching words, thoughts, and prayers that you sent so kindly. It really meant a lot.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 143 days ago

That is awesome. Great job.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio,

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#2 posted 143 days ago

Nice piece! Congrats all around. Good luck with getting the newborn home and settled in. He’ll be shop helper and wearing a tool belt in no time. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 143 days ago


Great work. I like the live edge a lot. It gives the piece a certain authenticity. It isn’t perfect because of the asymmetry but that doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful… perfect in a different way.

My little guy is 21 months. Being a dad is incredible and you will find that it will change you in a lot of ways. Best wishes to you and your young family.

p.s. yesterday my son developed some intense, irrational fear of my shop vac (I was cleaning some vents around the house- sucking up dust bunnies). Maybe I can use that as an excuse to install a proper DC system…

-- -Sam, in Wisconsin

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#4 posted 143 days ago

Nice table. Love the Walnut/Sapwood/Oak contrast.
Your boy may be a preemie but he has big hands, looking like another woodworker already with his little hat.

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#5 posted 143 days ago

Thanks a million guys for the comments. Really means a lot. Yep he has fisherman hands thats for sure. Made for opening and closing, and holding a net

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 143 days ago

Nice work. I’ve been kicking around something similar. I love the live edge top. Good job. Enjoy the newborn. Best part of life.

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#7 posted 143 days ago

nice table and congrats on the new baby, fatherhood is the best.

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#8 posted 143 days ago

Congratulations on your new son! The side table looks great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 143 days ago

Beautiful table Kaleb…...Congrats to you and your wife !....

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 143 days ago

Love the live edge, that is something I want to incorporate into a project one day.


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#11 posted 142 days ago

nice project

glad you and your wife can finally bring the little guy home

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#12 posted 142 days ago

That’s an impressive table Kaleb. I like the design and colors a lot. Flows nice. Congrats on the little guy!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#13 posted 142 days ago

congrats on the your son.its a life changing event,all for the good.glad to hear he’s coming home tomorrow.

beautiful table,love the contrast between the walnut and white oak.never seen the two used together before.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#14 posted 142 days ago

Beautiful! Amazing! He is a handsome boy! Very glad he is doing well and coming home soon.

The table is nice too :)

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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#15 posted 142 days ago

Good job DAD! Children have to be the greatest blessing one can experience. Glad to hear all are doing well.
Congratulations and keep up the good work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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