Making a Round Table

Making a Round Table

Dave recently made a gorgeous black walnut round table for a client in Chicago:

The top of the table is made from a striking black walnut board from the crotch of the tree, which features spectacular graining:

Here’s the process of making that table.

1. It starts with the right piece of wood. Here’s the raw slab:

2. After the raw slab was dried and flattened, Dave marked out the 44-inch diameter circle and started the fill process for any cracks or imperfections:

3. The top was carefully cut, the fill complete, and the sanding began:

4. After the top was sanded, Dave used a satin lacquer finish, which really showcases the gorgeous color and graining of the walnut:

5. These are the offcuts from the original slab. Dave stashed these under his workbench. They’ll get put to good use someday!

6. The custom pedestal base was designed and the pieces cut:

7. Then assembled:

8. And attached to the top:

9. And here is the finished product: