Which slab for Nakashima style table?

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Forum topic by SparrowCBUS posted 11-18-2016 03:28 AM 968 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2016 03:28 AM

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I am making a Nakashima style coffee table with my dad over Thanksgiving. I don’t think we’ve done a project like this for 15 years… :(

I am debating between a slab of claro burled walnut or a piece of ambrosia maple. I have a set of four brushed brass hairpin legs, but can’t decide on the best way to finish the wood. I would love your suggestions as I am having trouble deciding on which slab to purchase.

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#1 posted 11-23-2016 12:43 AM

Went with the Ambrosia Maple. So fair, I have sanded it down with 150, 240, and 320. Then I treated it with mineral spirits, and then a “natural” Minwax stain cut with mineral spirits to keep it very light. Tomorrow I will do a coat of polyurethane (high gloss), and will do a coat of matte poly along the natural edges and bark.


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#2 posted 11-23-2016 03:13 AM

I think you made the right choice – slab looks great btw. Interested to see it assembled with the legs. Poly is a good choice for a coffee table.

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#3 posted 12-28-2016 03:09 AM

I’m pretty sure he mostly used longer forms, rather than round or circular if you will.., good choice

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