Walnut Dining Room Table

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Project by Jeff Tobert posted 01-15-2013 03:57 AM 5553 views 28 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned piece that I recently completed. My clients wanted a fairly simple design with a table top that resembled a hardwood floor. They really liked the character in the black walnut that I am able to get from PJ White Hardwoods in Edmonton. Usually clients want to avoid all sapwood when working with walnut, but not this couple. They liked the character that the different colors bring to the top to give it a rustic look. The table itself is 78 inches long by 38 inches wide and 29.5 inches high. The top is 1 an 1/4 inches thick and the table itself is MASSIVE. The third picture shows the top in my finishing room in probably the best light I have in the shop. I am currently working on a set of six chairs for the same clients.
Please feel free to critique and comment.

Here are a few other pictures detailing the whole process:

Rough Lumber:

After initial planing and dimensioning:

Tenons and beads on apron boards:

Table top assembly:

Base assembly and bead detail

Prep and lacquer:

More finished pictures:

-- All in or give in.

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 04:00 AM

Really cool. Sap wood adds something to walnut, sweet table.

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 04:01 AM

Nice table…really nice thanks for sharing

-- Cosmicturner

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 04:13 AM

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! It’s gorgeous.. one of the most beautiful tables I’ve seen on lumberjocks. Similar in a way to one of the tables I made once out of mixed woods. Almost like a patchwork quilt,. I love how you mixed the heart wood and sap wood. GORGEOUS!!!! You did an EXCELLENT job on it. I would give my right arm to own that beauty.

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 04:22 AM

That is one immensely BEAUTIFUL table. The top is gorgeous. Walnut is one of my favorite woods. It machines so well. I love that they went for the rustic dual tone. Nice work. Bad ass table!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 05:14 AM

Wow, that is a work of art, indeed! I love that third picture… Fantastic job!!!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 11:23 AM

Beautiful Walnut and Craftsmanship : )
Interested to know how you joined all of the butt ends .

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

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 12:00 PM

Beautiful piece. Great tutorial.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jeff Tobert

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 01:29 PM

The butt ends were glued and biscuited together. Thanks for the kind words everyone!

-- All in or give in.

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 01:30 PM

Very well done!

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#10 posted 01-15-2013 01:55 PM

Absolutely beautiful- walnut is one of my favorites, and I think it is the contrast between the heartwood and sapwood that makes it great.

-- Chad in Charleston, SC,

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#11 posted 01-15-2013 02:36 PM

Wow. Just amazing… I’d love to build something like that one day… Amazing job!

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#12 posted 01-15-2013 02:59 PM

Wow! That’s all I can say. What did you use to glue the top boards together. I have a table as a requested project for SWMBO.

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#13 posted 01-15-2013 03:09 PM

really nice

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#14 posted 01-15-2013 03:30 PM

The top boards all went together with nothing more than biscuits and glue. I milled the boards oversize in thickness and width. End glued the boards together with biscuits, re-milled the edges down to final width, glued them together in half sections, milled to near final thickness, then glued the 2 halves together and ran the whole thing through the wide belt sander. If you don’t have a wide belt sander, you could clean up the last glue joint with a regular random orbit sander. I finished sanded to 180 grit with a random orbit sander. A lot of work, but a lot of fum too.

-- All in or give in.

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#15 posted 01-15-2013 04:52 PM

What a beaqutiful table! I would never have thought to do this style top. The short boards ala wood flooring opens up a lot of possibilities to use beautiful boards that would otherwise be discarded as too short. Great job and thanks for posting this one!

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

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