Walnut coffee table

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Project by Pete Shively posted 04-17-2017 04:37 PM 2878 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a good friend, I built a coffee table “replica” of a full-size trestle table that her father had built in the 1970s (and which is still in service in the dining room of the General Store in Spring Green). In one of the sheds on her farm, she still had some of the discarded “ends” of “Grampy Walnut” from her father’s original project. I was able to use these in making the top, breadboard ends, and the main upright sections of the trestles. The remaining walnut for the stretcher and the feet and top supports come from my remaining supply of walnut from my father’s farm in SW Wisconsin. I did alter her father’s original design (in addition to downsizing it to a coffee table), by adding maple tusk keys as an accent rather than matching walnut. Finished with multiple coats of Danish oil (natural) and then (2 weeks later) several coats of poly on the top (only).

-- Pete Shively in Madison

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#1 posted 04-17-2017 04:49 PM

Good job … looks great! I sure it means a lot to your friend to be able to use the “old” lumber. New old memories!

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#2 posted 04-17-2017 05:06 PM

nice table – maple keys are a plus

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 04-17-2017 06:44 PM

sounds like a table filled with great memories,which always make the best builds.beautiful job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 08:38 PM

Great table! And great name too ;)

-- Pete

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 08:59 PM

Beautiful table love the wood.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 11:49 PM

Very nice looking table.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 04-18-2017 01:58 AM

Beautiful table and walnut is always a favorite of mine. Very nice finish on the table, too.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#8 posted 04-18-2017 11:55 AM

love it !!!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#9 posted 04-18-2017 07:08 PM


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