Claro walnut slab entry table

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Project by DoctorJ posted 11-20-2014 01:07 AM 5270 views 15 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 15 years ago I bought 2 big claro walnut slabs and promised that I’d touch them only when I had gained enough experience to build a project worthy of such beautiful wood. Here’s the result from the first one.

The design is inspired by a table built by Mark of The Craftsman’s Path (

The legs are made from cherry with 2 walnut spans on which the top lays. Mortise and tenon joints hold the frame together, and the lower stretcher is joined using a hidden sliding dovetail joint to give mechanical strength. The 2 walnut top support spans are notched and locked into dados cut in the tops of the legs.

The table top is about 19 inches wide and 60 inches long. It’s hard to show in a picture how much intricate grain is captured in this beautiful board – all credit to the Creator! To bring out this figure I used a finish using many coats of a home-made wiping varnish (spar varnish with paint thinner) a la Bob Flexner.

Note: I take no credit for the beautiful bowl in the picture.

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#1 posted 11-20-2014 01:15 AM

Man that’s a beautiful slab! Your table turned out very nicely!

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

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#2 posted 11-20-2014 02:53 AM

That’s gorgeous! I love the joinery and the board!!

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Scott Landry

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#3 posted 11-20-2014 09:54 AM

I really like the finish. I will have to research that Bob FLexner recipe.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#4 posted 11-20-2014 11:30 AM

Vary nice Project Doctor. Well Executed and a great design!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 11-20-2014 12:58 PM

I like the table. Simple design that emphasizes the wood. How thick is the slab?

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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#6 posted 11-20-2014 01:29 PM

I really like the table, great work

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#7 posted 11-20-2014 01:59 PM

Really nice work, looks great.

-- Chris K

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#8 posted 11-20-2014 02:36 PM

nice job

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#9 posted 11-20-2014 02:47 PM

Very nice work Doctor.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#10 posted 11-20-2014 02:58 PM

I too think the slab is amazing but I would like to compliment the frame as well. Very proportionate with some very clean lines…........really makes the piece.

Well done!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 11-20-2014 04:14 PM

Great work. Love the look of the table. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#12 posted 11-20-2014 06:09 PM


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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