Demilune table

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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 02-04-2015 02:13 PM 1851 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I generally followed a Southern Living Magazine plan that the wife purchased 20 years ago. She ran across it recently and I gave it a try. There were several flaws in the design that had to be worked around, such as the stacked cores for bandsawing the curved front aprons came out too short for full-length tenons, and the apron looked bare without the bead at the bottom.

The finish is Transtint dark walnut stain, diluted an additional 50% to give just a little additional color to the walnut. Then a coat of tung oil, followed by 4 coats of varnish. Polished using Howard’s Fine Polishing Compound and further polished with their Superfine Burnishing Compound.

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 03:00 PM

Simple, but elegant.

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 04:31 PM

Very attractive piece—nicely done.

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 05:32 PM

a beautiful and elegant looking table. The finish is super.

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 08:32 PM

Nice work considering that you had those workarounds, overcoming obstacles that come up are so satisfying when you win the battle. And win you did!

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#5 posted 02-05-2015 12:07 AM

Very well done and the finishing is awesome.

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#6 posted 02-05-2015 12:55 AM

Great looking table—and even better looking finish!

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#7 posted 02-05-2015 02:12 AM

VERY NICE WORK! Is that maple?

I agree, the bead at the bottom makes a big difference.


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#8 posted 02-05-2015 10:28 PM

This is really an elegant piece. Very nice!

From the post I take it you blocked up the curved apron and then used a veneer? Are the legs and trim done in solid Walnut or are they veneered too? What about the top? It’s tough to tell from the pic. If so, what kind of veneer did you use?


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#9 posted 02-05-2015 11:03 PM

OK, answers to a couple of questions:

The primary wood is walnut, some that friend’s neighbor gave me. After drying 4 years I planed it to 7/8” and stopped, intending to take it to 3/4” when i was ready to use it. Fortunately, the legs are 1 3/4” and I could not locate any 8/4 walnut anywhere nearby, so the 7/8 was fortuitous. And I really liked the thicker top.

The apron was indeed blocked up, bandsawed and veneered. The first try followed the plan and used short pieces stacked like bricks into a curve – too short, unless you like tenons less than 1/2” long. The second was a stack of 8” stock, which left me with the remaining core somewhat smaller, but still glued to the plywood and ready to be sawed again for a smaller table. When I was ready to veneer, my stock of walnut veneer was 1/2” too short – damn – off to Woodcraft – should have done some banding.

duuuh, which is the correct spelling – bandsawed or bandsawn ?

Thanks for the comments, guys

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