Walnut Coffee table with onyx inlay and top

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Project by savannah505 posted 02-18-2009 08:09 PM 8555 views 5 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My most recent piece that I just finished. Walnut frame with Persian onyx top and inlays. The disk inlays are 6.5 in. dia. There is a 6 in dia. round walnut tube that connects the 2 sides together. The tube consists of 7 3/4in. 6in. dia. plywood disks wrapped in 1/8th in. walnut veneer ply. that I sanded down to 1/16th in. thick. to wrap around easier. I made my own ratchet strap system, that creates a zero dead zone, so that pressure is created all the way around. Most strap clamps that I’ve seen, all have a dead zone that has no pressure against the work piece (where the ratchet is or the hooks that join the straps together. I will be featuring this soon, as I am getting a lot of interest in this new tool, and have applied for the patent on it. Rj and Dennis Zongker, and Lee Jesperberger have all seen this tool, and their words of praise for it and encouragment lead me to believe that this will be wanted in the market place. Back to the table now. The top and inlays are Persian onyx from Pakistan, the disks are 3/8 thick which I sliced on a diamond saw from the material the top came from. I stood them on edge and clamped them to a fence and cut them with a diamond saw. The saw I used is a $70,000 saw, with an 18in. dia. blade, so don’t think you can do this on a tile saw, it would be very difficult, and onyx is very difficult to work with. The walnut frame is made from scrap oldgrowth walnut I had laying around, I wish I had bigger pieces, and some seams are showing, but the wood was beautiful and I thought I’d give it a go. I really like how the base turned out, but wish now, that I had made the top about 6in. longer. I’d like to do another one of these, maybe with a different stone. Finished in 6 coats of Deft laquer. I would like to add that it was one of Rj’s tables that inspired me to come up with this design. Thanks Ron.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#1 posted 02-18-2009 08:15 PM

Very nice… I love that top. The walnut looks great!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 02-18-2009 08:30 PM

Hi Dan;

It looks great. Very nice workmanship in the walnut / onyx base. Perfection!

The top piece is very beautiful as well.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 02-18-2009 08:36 PM

soooo beautiful!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 02-18-2009 08:39 PM

Sweet!!! Way to go Dan. I love the onyx circle in the legs.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 02-18-2009 08:39 PM

Another wonderful marriage of stone and wood.
You make them look so natural together.

Thanks for posting

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#6 posted 02-18-2009 08:47 PM

Great design and material selection. Looks great!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 02-18-2009 08:50 PM

That is absolutely awesome. Just gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#8 posted 02-18-2009 08:58 PM

gorgeous work my friend

-- scmichael

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#9 posted 02-18-2009 09:17 PM

Fantastic table!

Good luck with the new clamp system.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 02-18-2009 09:23 PM

Dan,excellent design,this piece just just nothing but GORGEOUS

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#11 posted 02-18-2009 09:25 PM

beautiful job! This would look great my den.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#12 posted 02-18-2009 09:28 PM

that’s nice Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 02-18-2009 09:52 PM

Great job Dan I really like the Onyx with the Walnut

Job Well Done my friend!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#14 posted 02-18-2009 10:07 PM

That is a masterpiece.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#15 posted 02-18-2009 10:38 PM

That is really nice. I like the stone/ wood mixed media in your work, keep it up.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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