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On a cold and rainy afternoon my whisky table was finally ready to go into action. Information on the design and build as well as some other pics can be find over on my blog. The top is made from some Zerbra wood while the base is made from Walnut all plucked from my leftover pile and the finish is four coats of Sam Maloof poly/oil and two coats of oil/wax. The whisky is the Balvenie Doublewood, highly recommended :)

The pics in the blog are clearer, I was trying to catch the glow of the fire but the shots just came out murky, ah well :)

In the second pic you get to see three of my projects all together, the fireplace, dining room table in the background and my nice new side table :) You also get to see yours truly with a beard…

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So I'm entering this in the 2010 Winter Awards because I think this piece really captures the yin & yang created by using contrasting but complimentary woods. I was always at a bit of a loss as to how to use Zebrawood without it appearing garish and I think this paring with walnut, maple dowels and the mellowing effect of a hand rubbed oil finish really makes the piece work.

Of course I also love it because it's held more than a few tipples since I built it :)

Cheers!

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By golly, Damian, it does exactly what you wanted it to do!!! And it looks good doing it. Is that p'haps good Scotch whiskey?? Good job.
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Damian:

A nice job on the table and a nice size. Almost a Thorsten entry.
 

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You made me realize that I too need a whiskey table. :) Very nice. I love walnut.
 

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After seeing this table I had to go back and check out your blog, I agree with Dorje, How did I miss this before. I had the same thought …a floating top. A toast to an impressive project.
 

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Wonderful design and execution, Damian!

Since I don't drink whiskey anymore, I'll have to call mine a coke table. Wait…that doesn't sound right either….
 

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came out great !
 

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Damian;

I'm glad to see that table doesn't live in the shop. Judging by the size of that glass, projects might not turn out that well.

You look quite relaxed and ready for an evening of contemplation. (maybe your next project).

Very nice work Damian!

Lee
 

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That's funny Charlie…

Love the floating top. Looks great!

Went to a Whiskey tasting a few years back (or more) was all Balvenie… apart from the doublewood, (which I still have a small bottle of, that and a 10 year and 15 year single malt) We also got to try a 20 or 30 year single malt that spent some time in port, or perhaps it was sherry casks - that of course, was my favorite - and priced WAY out of my league.
at the time I wasn't much of a whiskey drinker - I never cared for what the oak did for wine either, so I've avoided chardonnay and several others described as oakey… but as tastes change, my taste in wine has matured and I've come around on the oakiness (but didn't put two and two together)... thanks for reminding me about those whiskeys - maybe I've come around on them! Lord knows (as do you) that I have a couple of really good ones to enjoy!
 

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Excellent Damien! I'm a fan of the Balvenie Doublewood too. Now I finally know what project I will be building for myself. The zebrawood should nicely compliment a variety of scotches with it's variance of color.

Ever try anything from the Glenmorangie family? I'm particular to the Madiera finish.
 

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Cheers :) Mostly water Lee…. honest… The only Glenmorangie I've tried is the original ten year old, nothing fancy I'll have to give the Madiera a try though.

From the quality of those pics you'd think I'd already done in half a bottle. I'll post some clearer ones to my blog early this week.
 

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I just finished looking at a Tea Table and now here's a whiskey table.. .what's next?
hmm perhaps a milk & cookie table for dear ol' Santa!

Beautiful table… you must feel pretty darned good, sitting by the fire, relaxing, and surrounded by your beautiful work.
 

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Damian - I remember thinking "that is going to be a killer table" when I was reading your blog on this one. I was right! Love the top.
 

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You deserve to sit and relax after an accomplishment like this. Thats a very nice table, doing its work quite well.
I like how you supported the top on that gracefully notched apron.This helps give the illusion of the top just floating in space, but also of movement.The linear grain of the Zebra wood accentuates this feeling of action.I like Zebrawood but shy away from using it much because it can overpower any project it is used on,but this is very nicely done with the Walnut toning it down.Thanks for sharing this great piece with us Damian.
 

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That's it, Deb, at my age I build milk and cookie tables. My Scotch days are long behind me. But I remember how smart I used to be back when Johnny Walker Red and I rode the range together. We only got the good stuff when we went to the city.
 

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Very nice table, and I appreciate its use.
 

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We'll never get any work out of you now!
Fireplace, soft leather chair ,whiskey and a table to set it on.

Nice job - enjoy your creation.

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Beautiful table, Damian. I'm with Bob though…that's the last we can expect from you for awhile. You've created a nice little Fortress of Solitude.
 

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Great pice of wood working Damian.
 

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First off, very nice design. This table really came together and I hope to pay you the complement of using this table as inspiration for a whisky side table of my own. I just can't wait for my experience and abilities to catch up with my desire to create such a piece. But thanks to this site, I can tap into the experience of fine craftsmen.

The funny thing is the buddy icon that I chose shows the top of a glass in my hands. In it is none other than Balvenie Doublewood. Now I am as much a novice at whisky as I am woodworking, but in both I know what I like. In whisky, I have gravitated toward the islay single malts which have a more peaty taste, of which Lagavulin 16 is my favorite. My Dad and Brother-in-law have introduced me to the world of Scotch Whisky and it has been fun to try different whiskies with them when we can get together. I don't know if you have come across Malt Madness , but it's a pretty interesting site.
 
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