Walnut farmhouse table

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Project by Shozzy posted 01-02-2016 06:10 AM 1472 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a farm house style table but insisted on the legs and aprons being painted. Where I live it is difficult to fine beautifully figured woods and when you do it costs a premium. I struck gold several years back and connected with a guy who brought sea cans full of rough sawn Slabs and sold them for half the cost of the local lumber supplier. I was able to get some nicely figured walnut. I was relatively new into woodworking at the time and decided to challenge myself and hand scrape the entire tabletop. I would not let a piece of sandpaper touch the entire table. After hours of excruciating scraping I was pleased with the result. My thumbs were throbbing for a month after I finished. I don’t own a lathe so I checked online to order table legs. One day while walking through lowes I saw hemlock spindles for stair railings that were about $14 each and I figured what the hell they are getting painted anyways. I cut approx 6” off one end of each spindle and you would never know it wasn’t a table leg. The aprons are attached to the legs with pinned mortise and tenon joinery. The legs and aprons are painted with dark chalk paint then white. We then distressed them in areas you would expect to normally see wear exposing the darker paint underneath. The top was finished with several applications of “natural” Danish oil and brushed laquer then rubbed out with paste was and fine steel wool. The grain popped beautifully with the Danish oil.

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#1 posted 01-03-2016 02:22 AM

Wow. I really like the way the walnut looks with the painted legs. Its a great combination. Very nicely done. Great work with the hand tool only goal.

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#2 posted 01-04-2016 11:04 AM

Fine job Shozzy – love that grain, nice conversion on the legs too. You must have one happy wifey!

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#3 posted 01-04-2016 11:17 AM

Very nice! This is just what I’m looking for in a new table!

-- "Cause I know that time has numbered my days" -Mumford

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