Circle Table in Black Walnut

I built this round walnut table for a young family over the summer and into the fall. The base is mortise and tenon. I hoped for it to carry some of the feeling of the vaulted interior of a timber framed barn. The wood for the base came from gun stock maker in Wichita who gave me some timber from his stock before he passed away. The wood for the top was harvested from my friend’s land near Fall River, Kansas.

Walnut Timber Mantelpiece

The six and a half inch thick, 13 foot long walnut slab filled the shop as it came from the chainsaw mill.

Beam cutter on the old worm-drive

“rough-sawn” to the max

Using the “beam-cutter” to rip the slab into a six inch square timber

Pulling the saw at the end of the cut to save the last bit of slab for the corbels

Aluminum C-channel as a guide

start of the smoothing

a jack plane with a radius set to take heavy shavings

Now the joiner

pretty obvious

chopping out for a patch over a rotten knot

the same, fitted

filing the edges of a little copper butterfly template

bench-top with tools for making butterfly templates

variety of butterfly templates

Scribing the timber for butterflies to bind the main check

Routing out the waste

chopping the rest

right up to the knife line

ready for the joining

carving the corbels (my documentation fell off for most of this process)

mating the various natural edges of the corbels to the mantel

a little further back

fitting the opposite corbel

rough-cut cove on the left corbel

both corbels with coves-cut and awaiting final shaping

apply the final touches on the ends of the timber

“C” for the covenant

installed over the fire box, and the home-owner’s sandstone work.

I look forward to seeing it with the stone work done

Gallery

Carved Spoons

Husbandry in Harvest

Sally In The Garden, traditional fiddle tune performed on banjo and fiddle
husbandry in harvest02 husbandry in harvest08 husbandry in harvest07 husbandry in harvest39 husbandry in harvest41 husbandry in harvest40 husbandry in harvest03 husbandry in harvest11 husbandry in harvest12 husbandry in harvest14 husbandry in harvest13 husbandry in harvest04 husbandry in harvest06 husbandry in harvest05 husbandry in harvest18 husbandry in harvest19 husbandry in harvest42 husbandry in harvest43 husbandry in harvest15 husbandry in harvest16 husbandry in harvest17 husbandry in harvest10 husbandry in harvest33 husbandry in harvest34 husbandry in harvest26 husbandry in harvest36 husbandry in harvest27 husbandry in harvest32 husbandry in harvest31 husbandry in harvest30 husbandry in harvest37 husbandry in harvest29 husbandry in harvest35 husbandry in harvest28 husbandry in harvest01 husbandry in harvest22 husbandry in harvest20 husbandry in harvest21 husbandry in harvest23 husbandry in harvest24 husbandry in harvest09 husbandry in harvest44 husbandry in harvest49 husbandry in harvest48 husbandry in harvest45 husbandry in harvest46 husbandry in harvest47 husbandry in harvest38 husbandry in harvest25

Champion Table Build, Part 4: Base & Arc

base arc01

preparing to fit the base to the leg assembly

base arc03

defining a semicircle with 3 saw cuts

base arc02

3 saw cuts get refined into facets with a paring chisel

base arc04

and again

base arc05

then shaped with a rasp

base arc06

the base of one of the leg assemblies after the 1/2 lap-tapered dado has been cut

base arc07

here, mated with the white oak leg

base arc09

a different piece of white oak being shaped with a rasp, one of three slats joining the top of the leg assemblies together and to the table top

base arc08

the slats also receive a long bevel

base arc10

the slats will rest in the notches being cut into the top of this leg section

base arc11

clearing out material from the notch with a 1″ chisel

base arc12

establishing the final depth with a router plane

base arc13

here the slats are temporarily in place

base arc14

an arsenal of shaping tools to begin sculpting the legs

base arc16

shaping inside-curves of the leg assembly with an aggressive rasp

base arc17

forming a radius where the legs meet the base

base arc18

the preliminary drawings had a horizontal stretcher connecting the two leg assemblies at floor level. Having rough-shaped the components and taking a look, I started visualizing an arc instead. PVC pipe (already bent from a previous life in some low garden tunnels) offered a quick prototype to help see how it would look.

base arc19

the arc made sense, so now setting about squaring up a white oak timber for re-sawing

base arc20

re-sawn white oak and a glue-lamination form ready to make an arc

base arc21

the glue lamination in the form- my 8 year old son was indispensable in this process, helping to roll glue, assemble, and clamp

base arc22

rhythm is in unity to woodwork

base arc23

the white oak timber, reconfigured as a messy arc

base arc24

work for the jack plane

base arc26

now the smoothing plane

base arc25

cutting the tapers along the length of the arc at the band saw

base arc28

marking the taper at the width

base arc29

cutting the taper at the width

base arc30

more elbow grease with the smoothing plane

base arc31

shaping the many curves and facets along the arc, first with a drawknife

base arc32

then with spokeshave

base arc33

establishing details with knife

base arc34

facets ease into curves

base arc35

test fitting- some refining-shaping to go yet

base arc36

setting the location of the chamfers on the leg-base

base arc38

shaving away rasp markings

base arc39

carving corner transitions

base arc37

so many details to bring together- here the leg base is about done.

That’s it for this round- next week there will be lots of sanding, also carving and inlay work as the table finally starts to become unified. Thank you to everyone for following along, and for your encouraging comments.