Blowing Leaves - Walnut and Hickory table

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Project by Chemeleon posted 12-26-2013 09:04 PM 4697 views 22 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d had the idea for this one bouncing around for most the past year, finally got around to it this December. Originally I was thinking I might try taking it to a local store to sell, but it had a few more flaws than I was happy with for that situation, and I had no other ideas for my mother’s Christmas present this year, so its staying in the family.

Floating top hall table with hickory top and walnut inlay and legs, capped with more hickory for the feet. I did the inlays on my cnc router, but it has a little flex that resulted in gaps I had to fill with epoxy mixed with walnut dust. Its subtle, but I can see the lines it left, which bugs me a bit. Finish is just 3 coats of generic floor poly buffed out to 1000 grit after a few days of curing.

The alternating waves to the stretcher were done partly to tie into the inlay, but also because they hide any variation in their curves. I didn’t feel like making a template and routing them all to match, so I just bandsawed and sanded them similarly, the alternating waves hides any discrepancy there quite nicely.


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#1 posted 12-26-2013 09:08 PM

Totally original and your Mom will think of you every time she sees it.

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 01:44 AM

Really nice. Good job.

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 02:21 AM

That is a great looking table. I really like the design and wood choices.


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#5 posted 12-27-2013 02:24 AM

VERY NICE! Rarely do I see this type of table that I like. This one is exceptional! Thank you for sharing.

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 03:18 AM

Love your work on this. Beautiful piece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 03:55 AM

Really nicely done. We can be our own harshest critics some times. If this is the first time you’ve built this exact table then cut yourself some slack :)

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#8 posted 12-27-2013 04:02 AM

Cool design! it looks great.
I love the inlay on the top. I don’t see any flaws but it’s good it’s staying in the family.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 12-27-2013 04:43 AM

Great table. I really like the inlay.

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#10 posted 12-27-2013 10:37 AM

super top..luv those leaves!

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#11 posted 12-27-2013 12:27 PM

Absolutely beautiful table. Great work.

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#12 posted 12-27-2013 12:36 PM

Great design and l really like the top .

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#13 posted 12-27-2013 01:04 PM

This is awesome, from the concept to the execution. Its this type of inspiring work that keeps me excited to keep coming back day after day. I wouldn’t worry about the little flaws you spoke of. I think you’re probably the only one who would ever notice!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#14 posted 12-27-2013 02:11 PM

Nice work. Very original styling and design. I like the hickory; walnut is always beautiful. Using the two allows them to compliment one another. This is sure to be a family heirloom. One of the great lessons I’ve learned here on LJs is that we don’t have to point out everything that didn’t turn out perfectly. The people with keen enough eyes to see them most likely recognize the level of difficulty; most folks will be so awestruck by such a project, they give little or no attention to such detail. The few who would be critical of what you see as flaws are either master craftsmen who you should listen and learn from or just critics you should avoid. Either way, enjoy the satisfaction you have found in completing such a task. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#15 posted 12-27-2013 03:14 PM

Thanks everyone :)

Agreed skylark – had to learn as well that you probably shouldn’t point out that if you stand on your head and look at the piece from just the right angle, there’s a slight flaw in it. Of course, that doesn’t always stop me from doing so…


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