Walnut Sofa Table

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Project by sparticvs posted 10-16-2018 11:44 AM 1112 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a walnut sofa table I made for my mother’s birthday. There were very specific requirements from here on the size of the drawer, but the rest of it is my design. I wanted to do try out some new techniques during this build. One thing I learned is that my biscuit joiner is terrible for alignment (which doesn’t actually surprise me at the end of the day). The top came in a bit thinner than I wanted, but overall, not too thin.

I was concerned that having a solid board as the bottom shelf could cause the legs to blow out if it expands. I decided to do a ship-lapped bottom shelf, which I think turned out quite beautiful and my mother loves. I did half-blind dovetails for the drawer, and a traditional drawer bottom. The drawer box was made from poplar.

The other new technique I decided to try was visiting a hospital. I was using a chisel to get a biscuit out of it’s slot, and the chisel shipped and went right into my other hand. You can enjoy that photo and more on my Instagram!

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#1 posted 10-16-2018 05:53 PM

Nice work. Always good to keep mom happy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 10-16-2018 06:14 PM

I like it. Very nice!

-- I want to be good

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#3 posted 10-16-2018 09:20 PM

Nice design and great execution!

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#4 posted 10-16-2018 10:00 PM

Very lovely. Nice Piece.

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#5 posted 10-16-2018 11:15 PM

Very Nice Project & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 10-17-2018 02:14 AM

Looks fantastic. A few things:

1. Love the walnut. Very clean design. All around excellent
2. My biscuit joiner always leaves me disappointed too
3. Hope you heal up soon, looks like a nasty cut!

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#7 posted 10-17-2018 11:01 AM

Nice table especially the detail on the top and bottom

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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#8 posted 10-24-2018 12:59 PM

Thanks a bunch everyone for the kind words. I did eventually heal up, it took twice as long as it was supposed to because the hospital tech told me to use neosporin but later I found out from the doctor that was going to remove the stitches that neosporin was not a good idea here, as it would prevent the wound from healing (which it did do).

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