Figured Walnut End Table
Today I finished building and applying the oil to this walnut end table, which took about two days total to construct. For the first time I used drawbored mortise and tenon joints, which eliminated the need for clamping when attaching the aprons to the legs ( click this link for more info on this type of joint http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesArticle.aspx?id=28508).
The board I used for the top is from Asheville Hardware, they have a pretty good supply of unique boards and domestic and exotic lumber as well as a nice tool selection. It required a few butterfly inlays to stabilize the crack that extends about 2/3 the length of the board. I didn’t mind the crack in the board because about 1/3 of the surface is highly figured walnut crotch, where the tree forked into two trunks. This has the effect of producing a somewhat holographic surface, due to the irregular growth patters and criss-crossing wood fibers.
The top is about 23×18 inches and about 1.5 thick with a beveled edge and the height is about 26 inches, with each leg tapered on the inside faces. I finished it with a natural and nontoxic linseed oil and beeswax finish available from http://www.triedandtruewoodfinish.com/