Walnut table

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Project by JeanValjean posted 05-08-2014 06:54 PM 2559 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a solid walnut table that is 72” long and 36” wide and is 2” thick.
Once it was fully glued up it was pretty difficult moving this thing around in a one man shop!!
There are breadboard ends that are pinned with 1/2 inch walnut dowels.
If you look closely you can see that I metered the ends of the breadboards, than applied an additional “skirt” board on the long edges as my ultimate goal was not to expose any end grain.
It took a lot of patience to get the miters just right but I am proud to say (ok…lucky!) that I didn’t scrap any stock getting there.
As always with walnut… I love seeing heartwood and sapwood combined like this.
The finish is several coats of Sherwin Williams Pre-catalyzed lacquer, than sanded down to 1500 grit and a final “scuffing” with 4/0 steel wool.
Once the final ” sheen” was achieved I put a coat of paste wax on for protection..
The customer wanted a finish that didn’t shine at all..the final result came out great and you have to use raking light to pick up any sheen at all.
The overall feel is such that you enjoy running your fingertips over it as it feels silky smooth.
The customer had a pair of steel channel legs fabricated that give the table somewhat of an industrial look..
With the legs mounted this table was probably a little north of 150 pounds…it took three grown men to turn it over safely!!

-- Semper Fi

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#1 posted 05-08-2014 08:02 PM

its a beauty, a few weeks ago i had my walnut i cut down brought to me from the sawyer, i think i got around 400 board feet, and cant wait to start using it, probably this next april, , anyway you did a great job, i like the ends you put on sure gives it a great look..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 05-08-2014 08:39 PM

Nice looking table top. I like the miter detail.
I am curious, does this design allow for wood movement the usual way a breadboard end does?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 05-08-2014 10:44 PM

Yeah it’s heavy. But it sure is beautiful. I love the look of it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 05-08-2014 11:18 PM

Beautiful table, great craftsmanship – especially the mitered breadboard ends. Looks fantastic.

-- "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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#5 posted 05-08-2014 11:20 PM

Thanks all for the comments.
@Pintodelux it actually is a traditional breadboard it’s just that I clipped the shoulders of the breadboard ends and attached the strips along the long edges of the top…
I attached the strips with screws at the ends into the breadboards so seasonal movement hopefully will not open the metered ends, but rather “bow” the strips outwards upon expansion.

Time will tell though!!

-- Semper Fi

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#6 posted 05-08-2014 11:37 PM

Very Nice Indeed Jean! Thank For Posting!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 05-08-2014 11:53 PM

Nice work. That breadboard end with a miter is very tough to do. At least for me.
You can’t shoot it conventionally..

I love the end, like the way you pulled the look together.
The finish is perfect.

Not sure I like what the customer has in mind for legs.. :-(

-- Jeff NJ

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#8 posted 05-09-2014 12:21 AM

That’s a beautiful walnut tabletop! I, too, am curious how the mitered corners hold up—you’ll have to let us know in a year!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 05-09-2014 01:44 AM

Nice work; the table & a bunch of other projects in your album like the Shaker-inspired bench.

-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 05-09-2014 07:34 PM

nice table

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#11 posted 05-10-2014 02:53 AM

Beautiful table! I like the way you did the corners and were able to hide any end grain.

-- Steve, So.Cal.

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#12 posted 05-10-2014 04:55 AM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone..
It’s very satisfying coming from folks who know the craft.

-- Semper Fi

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#13 posted 05-10-2014 11:25 AM

Beautiful table, pretty wood and great finish….awesome job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#14 posted 05-12-2014 09:48 AM

beautiful work. You said it- I love the contrast of heartwood and sapwood, and the ends add a detail that really looks good.

I’d like to see the base, too, if you have another pic…?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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