Hickory and Walnut Coffee Table

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Project by Dave G posted 02-05-2017 02:44 PM 1814 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve begun to love the combination of hickory and black walnut. Here’s my latest piece in this: a coffee table. It is draw bore mortise and tenon walnut base with hickory top and shelf. The lumbermill called it “rustic hickory.” The design is my own. The shelf is sandwiched between two lengths of turned leg – there is a 3” by 7/8” diameter on the floor leg that protrudes up through holes in the shelf into bored holes in the top leg. Watco natural and three coats of satin poly hand wipe finished just in time for SB.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#1 posted 02-05-2017 03:13 PM

looks great

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#2 posted 02-05-2017 06:59 PM

How did you keep the white of the hickory from yellowing with the poly finish?

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#3 posted 02-05-2017 09:53 PM

I haven’t had problems with yellowing hickory doing it the way I do. The color you see in the picture is pretty true to life too. Watco natural followed by poly. Though maybe having so much dark heartwood makes yellowing unnoticeable

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#4 posted 02-06-2017 02:38 AM

Very unique. I like the contrast between the base/legs and the top/shelves. Great project

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#5 posted 02-10-2017 12:59 AM

Looks great, wonderful design and the grains are just fantastic

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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