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10-17-2016 04:41 PM

Hello guys. New to the forum. Im 33 and been in the Air Force for about 10 years. Over those 10 years ive been SLOWLY building my wood shop. Im finally to the point that i can start some projects. Ive done some small projects, boxes and such and starting my first bigger project. Im making my wife a vanity.

My question is in regards to me next project. I bought some slab walnut and im going to turn it into a coffee table and end tables for the living room. I have a couple questions:

1. What thickness should i keep the walnut? Its a tad over 2” now and was thinking about resawing it to 1” to create a bookmatch piece. Its only 15” wide so ill need to bookmatch @1” or piece 2 non matching pieces together to keep it 2”. Was also thinking if 1” is too thin about making a contrast base out of red oak for it to sit on. Going to make the legs from red oak.

2. Speaking of the red oak; would a walnut top and red oak base look ok? I can always add a walnut stain to the oak to help the contrast.

Going to purchase the grizzly 17” anniversary bandsaw. For $1k i can find a better deal. Want to go 17” so i can resaw largwe pieces. Anu reviews on this?

The walnut is at 18% moisture now so i want to get to ruff dimension as soon as possible to help drying time.

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 05:44 PM

As far as red oak and walnut, totally awesome when paired together. I’ve done it several times. Another thing book matching is also pretty darn awesome. A 1” thick top is perfect. Go for it.

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 06:04 PM

Awesome! Thats what i was hoping to hear. Should have my bandsaw this week then just wait for the moisture to drop.

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#3 posted 10-17-2016 06:16 PM

Your plans should work.

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#4 posted 10-17-2016 06:23 PM

I agree that Walnut and Oak make a fantastic contrasting combination. I also agree that your intended plan should work just fine. Be aware though that you won’t be able to resaw the full 15” thickness on the Grizzly you’re looking at. I believe it has a 12” cut capacity IIRC. So you’ll have to loose a few inches off the width.

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#5 posted 10-17-2016 07:50 PM

You are correct 12” max, i planned on truing up 1 side anyways to make 12”. That will give me 23-24” of width once conpleted.

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