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Forum topic by cellar_dweller posted 03-09-2009 04:44 AM 1736 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2009 04:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: nakashima walnut tiger maple table slab

I am in the process of making a table from a 2’x6’ walnut slab. My wife and I have been kicking around some ideas for the legs and decided to make something in the style of George Nakashima. I am looking for some feedback from all of you.

I am thinking of using a contrasting wood for the legs and curious to know what you think. My current thought is to use tiger maple. One end of the table will have a “leg” in slab form. The other end of the table will contain two tapered legs that splay outward. Do you think that the use of tiger maple for the legs is a good choice? Do you have other suggestions?

Thanks for your help.

-- Guy -- Swedesboro, NJ

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#1 posted 03-09-2009 02:41 PM

Just my opinion, but I think curly maple would really distract from the top itself. It’s pretty “busy” stuff and would really jump out at you. I’ve used walnut from another slab most times. Here’s a pic of one I did – lousy pic because I didn’t show the great grain of the top itself:

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#2 posted 03-09-2009 04:31 PM

I love the contrast of maple and walnut. I would go for it! The figure of the maple would keep your eyes flowing over the table, and not just focusing on the top, which I think would be a good thing. You could do through tennons with the legs to really get the contrast noticed.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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