black walnut coffee table

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Project by Jamesdd posted 06-05-2013 04:10 PM 2668 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, first post on here so i figured i’d go with something unique. I use a 5/4 piece of black walnut, approximately 18” at it’s widest and tapers down to about 6”. The legs are maple brought them through and flush to the top of the walnut. The inlays are cherry, not very fancy but my first inlay work so i figured i’d keep it simple. used a combination of tung oil and high gloss poly in multiple layer to get a nice clear view of the grain while protecting it. let me know what you think

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#1 posted 06-05-2013 04:37 PM

Very unique, simple design. I like contrast between the table and the floor. Good job, I like it.

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#2 posted 06-05-2013 06:39 PM

Beautiful wood. Beautiful finish. Would like more pictures.

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#3 posted 06-05-2013 06:56 PM

nice project

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#4 posted 06-05-2013 08:29 PM

thanks. unfortunately I gave it to my girlfriend who is up away at college for the summer and forgot to take more pictures.

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#5 posted 06-05-2013 11:00 PM

very nice- what was the combination of tung oil-to-poly that you used? did you oile first then poly? how many coats of each?

I just used tung oil for the first time on a project and didn’t like how it turned out. I was thinking of top-coating it with poly but wasn’t sure how it would work… but I really like the finish on yours so was looking for some pointers.

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#6 posted 06-05-2013 11:19 PM

Ooh, I am so jealous! This looks great!

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#7 posted 06-05-2013 11:44 PM

great looking table.

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#8 posted 06-06-2013 12:38 AM

tooch- for this I did two coats of straight tung oil. then i lightly sanded with 400 wet/dry and put a third coat of 1/2 tung oil and 1/2 high gloss poly mix. person I didn’t like the straight tung oil, granted i used a little thicker coats than i should have, but the poly and tung mix turned out damn near what i was aiming for. i would’ve put more coats on and gradually worked from straight tung to 4 parts tung, 1 part poly, then 3 parts tung, 2 parts poly… that progression, eventually to a straight poly coat. unfortunately i didnt have the time for it.

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#9 posted 06-06-2013 02:13 AM

Beautiful piece of wood. Nice job.

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#10 posted 06-06-2013 08:09 AM

Well done, love walnut….

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#11 posted 06-06-2013 09:45 AM

thanks for the tip, I may try that. I have one coat tung oil & Mineral spirirts (50/50 mix) and a second coat of straight tung oil, but my project hasn’t seemed to really “dry” yet… it still has that oily feel. I may post something on the forum to get more advice.

again, great job on your piece!

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#12 posted 06-07-2013 01:50 PM

Beautiful first post and look forward to seeing more of your work.

The finish turned out very nice. Great job and welcome to L.J.’s !

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#13 posted 06-07-2013 08:13 PM

might have used a tad too thick of a coat of tung oil. hand rubbed tung usually takes 10-12 hrs. humidity will extend that obviously. i would highly recommend a poly mix if you’re going for a nice shine. there’s also a poly product called pour n’ wipe. i think the maker is called Mohawk or something. great product, definitely look into that

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#14 posted 06-09-2013 04:47 AM

Great Lookin table

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#15 posted 06-10-2013 01:27 PM

Your table looks wonderful! Great wood, joinery and the finish is just amazing. The inlays added very nice accents. Great job!

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