Ash and Walnut table

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 06-26-2016 03:38 PM 1350 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to build this, so it is built exactly to her size specifications, height, width and length. The idea is a small (30” x 40”) dinette table also intended to double as a sewing and crafts table.

The top is walnut and white ash, while the base is cherry, and the legs Honduras mahogany – woods I happened to have on hand. The walnut is from a tree someone gave to me, which I air dried for about 18 months, then had my local band-mill saw up for me. The resulting boards were then stickered and dried in my garage until the moisture meter said they were ready. I am an old man now and am not always sure I will live long enough to see a drying situation like this through, measured in years. But, so far, so good!

The white ash is from a lot I bought from a small mill in Tennessee a couple years ago. My garage is full of my wood ‘deals’ which often exasperates my sweet wife – but her payoff comes in projects she asks for, which I am happy to build for her.

The finish is several coats of high quality marine varnish, carefully applied in a dust free environment, with fine sanding between coats.

The payoff for me is my wife really loves the table!

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#1 posted 06-26-2016 03:41 PM

Nice that you can give her EXACTLY what she requested.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 06-26-2016 04:00 PM

Yep, Hunter -

Gotta keep Mama happy ya know!

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#3 posted 06-26-2016 06:29 PM

That is a very nice table. The ash and walnut look great together.

-- Andy Smith

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#4 posted 06-26-2016 06:42 PM

Very nice table.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 06-26-2016 07:12 PM

Great looking table! It never hurts to keep SWMBO happy.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 06-26-2016 10:13 PM

Super project! A win, win project (happy wife happy life)

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 06-27-2016 04:07 PM

I like the different woods used. Man, that top sure is glossy!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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