Walnut Coffee Table

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Introduction: Walnut Coffee Table

Here is my hunk(s) of wood. 8/4 walnut from a local shop. Trued up the sides and planed to thickness.

Step 1: Floating Tenon Jig

I whipped one up and made some maple floating tenons from scrap.

Step 2: Glue Up

Added some dowels between the tenons and glued it up between a couple of bow clamps. Cross cut the ends on a sliding table saw.

Step 3: Filled Any Cracks.

Used a mixture of wood glue, sanding dust and water. Then added some cross braces on the bottom to help ensure it stays flat.

Step 4: That First Coat..

Vinyl sanding sealer then a few coats of precatalyzed lacuer. Applied with a continuous feed airmix kremlin spray gun.

Step 5: Added Some Hairpin Legs.

Thanks for looking y'all.

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    Hey TimBTodd, it's been a few years since this build. How has it held up over time? Any cracking or joint expansion?

    Just to minimize the amount of wood putty that gets into the grain pores. So I don't have to sand as much and can sand more evenly.

    Somebody else did a walnut table using precatalyzed lacquer. What is it and why do you use it? I have a project in mind for walnut and had just planned on a clear varnish. But then, this is the first woodworking thing I've done since high school shop class.

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    I'm no expert on finishing, but here's what I do know.
    Varnish is a good option. Good durability and protection from moisture and UV.
    Lacquer in general is solvent based and lower viscosity so is applied with a HVLP spray gun which can result in a super smooth finish. This is why I like it. Both the smoothness and I just prefer spraying to brushing.
    Pre-catalyzed (or post catalyzed) lacquer have an added chemical catalyst which is an additional way in which it cures (besides just solvent evaporation) which makes a very durable finish.

    How to add hairpin legs?

    Simple, gorgeous work!