Claro Walnut Side Table

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Project by Noel posted 12-16-2018 09:00 PM 1019 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this 18” table from some rough sawn claro walnut that my daughter gave me back in February. It is some beautiful wood, but the pressure I felt to make something really nice kept me from making anything at all for eight months! Thanks to all LJs who helped me with advice on finish (50/50 poly/MS), edge tearout on end grain (card scraped with special profile scraper and sanded) and how to firmly attach legs to 3/4” top without poking through (square drive 3/4” wood screws tested first on scrap).

I still have another board, though not quite as nice as this one was. The pressure is back on.

-- Just make the cut

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#1 posted 12-16-2018 09:56 PM

Wow, I love the wood grain and variation. I hope you are happy with it.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#2 posted 12-16-2018 10:21 PM

Very happy, but you know how it is – there are a dozen things I’d do differently next time. :)

-- Just make the cut

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#3 posted 12-17-2018 02:22 AM

Beautiful ! !

-- 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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#4 posted 12-17-2018 02:40 AM

Beautiful table!

-- AJ

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#5 posted 12-17-2018 03:13 AM

Great looking little table.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 12-17-2018 03:32 AM

I’m guessing bookmatch of 2 fairly wide boards there. Love that sapwood, and the fade out of the colors. Nice work.

Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 12-17-2018 01:29 PM

Thanks for the compliments! I actually started with one 7’ board that had the claro/sapwood running down one side. I crosscut half way down and turned the two sapwood sides to meet. Used outside clear wood for two outsides of circle. Took a little to figure out how to best make use of that board. Two 5.5” pieces in middle, plus two 3.5” pieces on outsides.

-- Just make the cut

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#8 posted 12-17-2018 03:36 PM

Great work on the board layout! You did your stash proud 8^)

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#9 posted 12-18-2018 01:04 PM

The table looks awesome…can’t miss with walnut!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 12-18-2018 01:16 PM

Thanks Ivan – it’s a pretty simple little table but like you said, the wood is what makes the difference.

-- Just make the cut

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