Black Walnut Coffee Table

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Project by Tucker Grose posted 03-12-2019 09:06 PM 485 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Black Walnut coffee table.
Aside from the top that was glued together, the entire project was assembled with Kreg pocket hole screws. Given fluctuations in humidity in our wood heated home this may be a good assembly method, though it certainly doesn’t provide the tightest fit or strength IMO. Probably won’t use this method entirely again. A good mortise and tenon joinery would be better.
It started life as a large 10 ft+ board with a crotch split.
Since it was finished in the shop with the wood burning stove going it got a water based Varathane finish sprayed on in 4 coats.
Lots of bug holes in the wood. Maybe later it will get a poured epoxy top to smooth things out and allow for putting feet up on it while watching tv.

-- Tucker - Hazelton, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 03-12-2019 09:43 PM

It does look nice. The kregg jig makes things super easy, but i found myself being less satisfied with it as well. Its a great tool, and still has a time and place in my shop, but very limited. The movement of the top on the base would be about my only worry, as far as movement. Anyway, it turned out nice

-- Ty

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#2 posted 03-12-2019 10:12 PM

yeah thats a nice table but im with you guys on the kreg screws i just dont use them much.i do love them for doing face frames though makes it fast and easy.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 03-12-2019 11:41 PM

Looks great neighbor and super strong. You could dance on that one.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 03-13-2019 01:29 AM


-- Woodworking Forever

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#5 posted 03-13-2019 01:37 AM

Very pretty!

When the “WOOD -MASTER/ bushmaster)” compliments you; you know you did well!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 03-13-2019 01:46 AM

Pocket holes or not, its still a very nice table. I own a craig jig too. Love that it came from one big ol’ gnarly chunk of walnut.

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#7 posted 03-14-2019 12:32 AM

Amazing what the rough cut wood turns into isn’t it.

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#8 posted 03-15-2019 08:05 AM

Beautiful. Your choice on how to assemble. It’s still beautiful.

-- DonB

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