Walnut dining table

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Project by Greg Sherman posted 02-18-2020 03:22 AM 783 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjocks,
Just wanted to post a finished project -Walnut Dining table. I found this table in Oakland Ca and rescued it from the scrap heap. The table is 84” x 38”. It has a great textured look and feel to the top. Really not sure how the texturing was done but would be interested to find out. I did some sanding to the top to even out some high spots and scratches. I also restained the top with a medium Walnut color, maybe three coats followed by a little fine sanding. I plan to apply some wipe-on poly in the next week or two. Structurally this table is sound. the table is six boards joined together. The unique thing I see is “biscuits” right in to the end grain on each board. Additionally the apron is held on by dowels the come right through the top of the table and are surface cut on top of the table. Old school joinery I guess. Any thoughts on age and construction techniques – please share.
The four lathe turned legs were usable as is. Thanks for checking out the Walnut dining table that I saved from the scrap heap.

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#1 posted 02-18-2020 04:00 AM

I honestly like that old world rustic look. I know many would not. It must make for some wonderful conversations over the dinner table.

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#2 posted 02-18-2020 12:22 PM

I like it. It’s highly unlikely to be mistaken for a mass-produced, machine-made piece!

As for the texture, it looks to me like the tabletop was flattened by hand, using a scrub plane on alternate diagonals. Then the builder decided to leave the resulting texture, instead of removing it with a smoothing plane.

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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#3 posted 02-18-2020 01:01 PM

wow – what a save

-- 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 02-18-2020 02:59 PM

Very nice save, I also really like that old world textured look.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 02-18-2020 07:47 PM

fantastic save,and the chairs go quite well with it.texture could have been done with an adze.whatever the technique it took some effort,amazing someone would scrap it.

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

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#6 posted 02-18-2020 08:26 PM

Really nice save. It looks great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 02-19-2020 02:32 AM

Nice looking table. I like your restoration and I’m sure there is a long story attached! I hope you find out more.

-- AJ

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#8 posted 02-25-2020 08:27 PM

That’s beautiful! I’m actually finishing up an oak top with the same type of texture. It’s done by flattening by hand with a scrub plane and leaving the texture in (not planing out the scrub plane texture).

-- Being nice gets you stuff!

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#9 posted 02-25-2020 09:17 PM

I really, really like this. It almost has like a like a slightly metallic, industrial sorta look to it. I don’t know how to describe it really but I love stuff like this is the overall point of my nonsensical rambling, lol.

-- Matt - Colorado

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