Walnut Pedestal Table

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Project by ravensrock posted 09-17-2016 11:16 PM 1008 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this nice piece of walnut with some cool grain that I was saving for something special. I decided to make an oval pedestal table. I looked at some pictures online and came up with this design. There was a crack in the middle so I filled it with epoxy tinted black. I don’t have a lathe so had to do the pedestal post by hand with a spokeshave and rasp. It is finished with BLO and shellac. This was my first time brushing the shellac. I did my best to rub out the shellac using wet/dry sandpaper and 0000 steel wool with wax. It came out decent but it is a process that will take more practice. It’s hard to see in the pictures but the grain has some cool 3D effects…I guess it’s known as chatoyance. Thanks for looking!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#1 posted 09-17-2016 11:44 PM

I like it! I also have been disappointed in a picture of finished walnut. In person it is simply fabulous but in images I do not see the most beautiful effects.

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#2 posted 09-18-2016 12:11 AM

Holy Cow! What an awesome looking beautiful piece. The lines and flow are so classic!! It just doesn’t get more beautiful than your table. It’s just so incredibly elegant!

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#3 posted 09-18-2016 02:43 PM

nice build

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#4 posted 09-18-2016 02:59 PM

Lovely! Nice work on a challenging piece of walnut. I’ve done a few similar pieces and they are very useful furniture pieces.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#5 posted 09-19-2016 02:40 AM

Very nice! I like that table a lot. Very elegant and the grain of that top is fantastic!

Good work shaping the pedestal without a lathe too. When I first acquired a spokeshave I was kind of amazed at the shapes I was capable of making with it.

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#6 posted 09-19-2016 03:26 AM

Thanks Jeremy. I enjoyed using the spokeshave and was pleased with how well it shaped the pedestal and the flow of the edge of the oval top.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#7 posted 09-19-2016 08:37 PM

You weren’t kidding about the grain. I can see why you were saving it. Beautiful table and really love how the grain plays out on the top.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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