Black walnut and marble communion table

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Project by woodworker59 posted 06-04-2012 07:47 AM 1583 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello, I am new here and wanted to show you my latest project. this table was commissioned by a local church to be used as the communion table for Sunday services.
It measures 38” long by 22” wide by 28” high and is made of black walnut with marble tiles. I do most of my work by hand if possible. I am 53 years old and far beyond the age of ripping boards by hand, but otherwise all my work is hand work. All the shaping and joinery is hand cut. the moldings around the top were made with
my old trusty Stanley 45 plane, and the legs were shaped with spoke shaves and rasps. This was the third piece that I have made for this church, the others were a podium made of Black walnut
and a 4’ by 3’ cross made of curly maple with a black walnut accent strip down the middle. As an added
highlight, I carved a crown out of Mahogany and inlaid it with lacewood, purpleheart, and maple to represent
the jewels. I look forward to seeing what everyone else is working on and mining out helpful ideas and insights to working wood.. would also like to say Hey to Dan from Kragerwoodworking.. thanks for the invite.. Papaswoodworking Steve aka papa

-- Papa...

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#1 posted 06-04-2012 08:04 AM

Very, very nice build. Love that the #45 did the mouldings, it’s a fave of mine, too. Thanks for posting, well done!

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 10:18 AM

This is a very beautiful piece! That black walnut is nice.

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 12:03 PM

That one is a keeper.
Very impressive.


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#4 posted 06-07-2012 01:54 AM

Beautiful table man.The hand work is really nice.

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#5 posted 06-07-2012 02:23 AM

thanks to all of you who have commented on this table.. it was great fun to build.. its just so dainty and elegant, something I don’t do a lot of,, most of my pieces are big and heavy… thanks.. again. Papa… :[0)

-- Papa...

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#6 posted 02-03-2013 04:27 PM

hey there papa, i really love the walnut table, walnut is my favored wood and o have some choice boards that i will be using very soon, i didn’t get the chance to welcome you to lumberjocks…see ya around…oh and welcome

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 02-04-2013 02:10 AM

Hey Grizzman, thanks for the kind words.. I loved the build, the legs were great fun to shape with the spokeshave and rasp..was made as a communion table for one of the local churches,, they loved it also,, can’t wait to see what you make out of your walnut.. make sure you give me a heads up when you post it.. thanks. again.. Papa

-- Papa...

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