Walnut side table

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Project by steveni70 posted 10-28-2010 12:43 AM 1636 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A walnut table I made for the baby’s room. Traditional joinery throughout. The wife insisted on extra storage space, hence the bottom shelf. Finish is seal-a-cell followed by arm-r-seal. I really like what the seal-a-cell did for the walnut, made it warm and chocolaty.

This is my first foray into photographing a project. I used a grey paper backdrop, 2 500 watt halogen work lights, and a Nikon D50 with a 50mm f1.8 lens. At first, the light was too hard, and gave hard shadows. Not wanting to buy professional umbrellas or softboxes, I grabbed a roll of tracing paper and clamped some pieces in front of the lights (not too close, those lights are hot). The difference was huge. FYI, the left light is at about 8’ and the right is on the floor. Next time I’ll try lighting the background to eliminate the shadows.

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 12:56 AM

I think it is gorgeous with the shadows. Nice job.

I’ll have to try seal-a-cell.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 04:14 AM

Great job on the piece and the photography. I was actually going to comment about the great photography before I even read your post.

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 04:19 AM

What warm, beautiful walnut. Very nice job. Photography looks pretty good, too. Once you control the shadows (top light from above?) it will be perfect.


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#4 posted 10-28-2010 02:52 PM

Nice build, like the pictures !

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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