Natural Edge Walnut Coffee Table

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Project by PittsburghTim posted 10-06-2012 11:06 AM 2904 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good freind had seen a coffee table that I had made for my own home (another one of my project posts) from a slab of walnut with beautiful burl and curly figure and asked if I could make one for her and her husbands new home. I love to work on these projects so I jumped at the chance. We traveled to Keim Lumber in neighboring Ohio and picked out a slab of walnut that would end up becoming both the top and the legs. Knowing that we wanted to feature the crack where the tree branched out from the main trunk, we also picked out aq piece of wenge to make a series of three dutchmen of diminishing size to both stabilize the crack and to make it more interesting.

The legs were designed to give the table a bit more of a modern style as this was my freinds desire. I think that it turned out pretty good.

Thanks for looking,


-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#1 posted 10-06-2012 12:27 PM

Beautiful crotch! Love the curly grain.
Your base gave me an idea. Make legs with live edge towards the inside which would show an interesting profile .

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 01:20 PM

Beautiful table! Both the spectacular walnut and your craftsmanship. It should be in an art gallery someplace.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 10-06-2012 02:13 PM

Very nice, I have a walnut slab waiting for me to get some time to do something with it. I love what you have done with this one.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#4 posted 10-06-2012 02:13 PM

look great

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 10-06-2012 02:16 PM

Awesome job Tim

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 10-06-2012 02:55 PM

I think it turned out very good.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#7 posted 10-06-2012 03:50 PM

What I like the most about the top is that you can almost see the original tree!
Very nice job!

-- Valentin

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#8 posted 10-06-2012 04:41 PM


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

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#9 posted 10-06-2012 09:49 PM

Great table! I love the way you progressed the size of the butterfly keys. May I ask what you used to fill in the crack – epoxy?


-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#10 posted 10-06-2012 11:29 PM

Wdwerker – “That’s what she said.”

David – I used System 3 Mirror Coat Epoxy. I have used Envirotex Lite before and had similar results.

Thanks for the nice comments.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#11 posted 10-06-2012 11:54 PM

Absolutely beautiful!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#12 posted 10-07-2012 02:20 AM

That is an absolutely beautiful table. The way you did the legs is a perfect complement to the gorgeous slab. The bowties add just the right finishing touch. Your friend should be thrilled with this.

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

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#13 posted 10-07-2012 02:54 AM

Nice slab of crotch wood !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#14 posted 10-07-2012 04:35 AM

very nice, great work, nice wood, great base, what else can I say<<<<<<<<<

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#15 posted 10-07-2012 06:09 PM

I love it!

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