George Nakashima Style End Table

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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 02-27-2013 06:51 PM 2839 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted this a week ago,, in the forum section as I was needing some advice on the finish to go with. I stated that I didn’t want to have a “PLASTIC” looking finish, I wanted the woods natural beauty to be the focal point and to show off it’s beautiful grain. I received some REAL GOOD suggestions and I said I would post it here when I finished. I think I accomplished my goal. Thank you all for the help. The Black Walnut slab was harvested about 15 years ago in a little community called Ollala WA. I bought it from a woodworker that said it had been air drying in a barn for about 9 years. Now it’s has been in my garage ever since and it has been on my honey-do list to make an end table for my wife. At it’s widest point it is 16”, 22.5” long and 2.75” thick. I sanded the top and ends to 1200 and then resanded to 220. It has a single coat of Teak Oil and 2 coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin hand wiped on. In between the first and second coat I buffed it with 000 steel wool. I bought a set of 20” Hair Pin legs on ETSY. All I did was clean the legs up a little leaving them in the raw steel condition. If they start to get ugly with unwanted patina then I will sand and spray them with a clear sealer to maintain the raw steel look. My wife wanted the top of the table to be level with the arm of the couch. I have another piece of this from the same tree that is a little wider and longer that I think she will want me to finish as a coffee table for use in front of this couch.

Thank you for looking

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 07:18 PM

Beautiful wood. I like the way you let the wood speak for itself. Love Nakashima.

Hope your health is well.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 07:59 PM

This is a beautiful piece. The finish was certainly a great choice, too.

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 09:00 PM

You have a created a beautiful masterpiece!Perfect execution! Nice wood! True work of art!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 09:51 PM

nice use of wood and steel

-- Joel

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#5 posted 02-27-2013 10:19 PM

Beautiful piece of wood and a great choice of finish.
The steel legs were a style popular in the 50’s (and still today) making this piece really timeless as great wood should be.
Tastefully done.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 02-28-2013 01:15 AM

very nice!!

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 10:41 PM

beautiful and the natural look of the wood speaks for itself!

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

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#8 posted 03-01-2013 03:04 PM

Fabulous end table! The slim and simple steel legs really suited the magnificent natural beauty of the wood.

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#9 posted 03-05-2013 05:44 AM

I brought the other piece to the room and laid it out for my wife to see. All she said was BUILD IT.. I may have to add a bow tie or two on this one as it has a natural stress crack seperation. Besides, the bow tie will look good. I’ve got some yellow heart that might look good as the bow tie. Thoughts?

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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