Live Edge Walnut/oak Hall Table

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Project by camps764 posted 09-15-2012 12:48 PM 3006 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut and oak hall table. Sorry for the crummy pictures, the lighting in our living room isn’t the greatest.

This was a lot of firsts for me. Live Edge
Mortis and tenon joinery
Through pinned tenons
Tusk tenons

I have always wanted to do a live edge piece but never had the confidence to tackle it. I looked at a million projects on here and fine woodworking until I found a design that I liked and decided to go for it.

Edit: The top is oak, thanks Dusty!
I believe the top is the sapwood (someone correct me if I’m wrong) since it is the lighter colored wood.

The rest is made with the darker heart wood.

The pins in the through tenons are made from an offcut of the top to add a little contrast.

Finished with Poly cut with mineral spirits to make wipe on easier. The top received a final coat of full strength Poly to add a little durability. Sanded the whole thing with 0000 steel wool and rubbed on a coat of Johnson’s wax.

Overall I am happy with it, and learned a ton of things I’d do differently in the future.

1. I wish I had made the pins larger for the through tenon to get a little more accent.
2. Spend more time on the final sanding process. Sanding is my least favorite part of the process and I get ahead of myself. I always rush through to get to the “magic” part, putting on the first coat of finish to see the final results. I need to slow down, move through the grits slower to get a better finish.
3. Use a different finish. I love the finish that CanadianWoodWorks gets on his chairs/tables. If I could go back and do it over I would use his Hand rubbed oil finish. I’ve gotten comfortable with the wipe on poly mixture and always go to it out of habit. I’d like to expand my horizons and try some other finishes. I’ve also gotten tired of the high gloss look.
4. Get a closer/tighter fit on the tusks/Get a little more artsy with them. They work, and they fit, but they are more decoration than function. Used glue to reinforce the joints so our toddler wouldn’t tear it apart.
5. Use an angled through tenon for the legs to get a little more refinement in the design. As a first shot at mortis and tennon I was a little intimidated to try angled tenons.
6 LABEL ALL OF MY PARTS. I kept them straight for the first dry fit, after that each time I took it apart and put it back together it was a guessing game. Because not all of my mortises were identical, it only really went together easily one way.

As I said, overall I’m happy with the results, but I’m sure this one will be replaced by a more refined version down the road.

Looking forward to the feedback from other Jocks. What suggestions would you make? I’d love some constructive feedback to help me refine design/and build process for the future.

Thanks guys and gals!

-- Steve

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#1 posted 09-15-2012 12:58 PM

The top is OAK : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 01:02 PM

Thanks Dusty :) I thought it seemed a little light for walnut…even sap wood. The whole time I was working it I kept thinking to myself…this sure does look like funny walnut…looks a lot like the cabinets the in-laws have in their kitchen…

-- Steve

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 01:37 PM

You’re welcome : )
Keep up the good work !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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DeLayne Peck

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#4 posted 09-15-2012 02:52 PM

Camps, I’ve been waiting for you to roll out a project. Amazing work. Learning on the journey. That’s what’s so good about it all.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#5 posted 09-15-2012 02:55 PM

Thanks DJ! I appreciate the compliment!

-- Steve

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 09-15-2012 07:12 PM

Learningcan be a fun journey. Excellent job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 09-15-2012 07:14 PM

Beautiful. Never would have guessed its your first attempt at all those joints… Nice work!

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#8 posted 09-15-2012 07:43 PM

You should be proud. I love live edge and rustic works. You did a very nice job on this whole deal. I KNOW about certain parts fitting only one way! LOL Just keep on working and you will be amazed at your progress and what all you learn to do. The guys/gals on here are full of great advice and tips and that is the one thing that helps me the most. Listen to what they say and do. Again, you did an excellent job on this.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 09-15-2012 08:48 PM

I love it! looks very beautiful!
Your work is excellent, very nice job.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 09-16-2012 01:12 AM

I think it turned out GREAT! Your joinery all looks tight and true. I love the ‘spider on the one knot on the top. A semigloss os satin poly would give you less gloss but still be protective. My only suggestion would be to break/soften the edges on the tusked tenons. I would be proud of this if I were you.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 09-16-2012 02:03 AM

Thanks everyone!

-- Steve

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