These images document a build in its early stage of a family of black walnut tables, centered around a richly grained and beautifully colored walnut tree which we salvaged from a farm near Winfield, Kansas. The tables are a collaboration between my best friend/business partner and myself, sharing designing and building tasks to create, what we hope, are some authentically good pieces of furniture in the continuing tradition of live-edge/natural-slab furniture.
The following is part 1 of a photo essay on a rustic and a little bit twisty red oak hall table build.
Roughing out the leg spindles
Cutting the tenons to width
Establishing taper with a gouge
Breather, almost there
Leveling out with a jack plane
Down to size with the spoker
After shaping with an angle grinder and hand sanding through many grits
Leg # 2 at dawn
Side by side
About 11 days left and a lot of work to go
Last week I cut in three walnut butterflies into the cedar table top under way in my shop.
Below are a few photos from the process. After shaping the walnut butterflies, they are scribed individually into the top, then the bulk of the waste is removed with a 1/4 ” straight bit in a router, and finally pared with a chisel to the scribed lines.
placing a butterfly
dad’s old craftsman
all cleaned up, ready for glue