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How to CNC Walnut End tables

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We recently had the opportunity to make these walnut end tables for a customer. This was our first chance to use walnut for a commissioned project and we were so excited! We thought they were so cool that we'd share the process to hopefully help you build your own or inspire you to make something similar! Below I'll add the materials we used and a few steps we took to complete these walnut end tables. 

Materials Needed
Lumber Needed Per Table

  • Height 28" Roughly 20 BF 
  • Height 24" Roughly 15 BF
  • Height 22" Roughly 12 BF


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First we glued together walnut panels and then put the whole panel onto the CNC. This worked quite well but resulted in a bunch of waste. Although we didn't technically waste anything since we used the unused areas for charcuterie/cutting boards. 

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    CNC- Inventables 1000mm X-Carve

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    We then used our 1000mm X-Carve from Inventables to cut out the end tables. Easel (Free software that Inventables provides) is all we used to create the shapes, this step is broken down and explained in the video above.

    Cut times  

    • 21" circle top -19 minutes
    • 28" base one side - 30 minutes
    • Total time to cut one full end table: Roughly 1.5 hours


    Assembling the End tables

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    Start by removing the tabs from your items that were just pulled off the CNC if you chose to use them.

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    Test the fit of your Notch to make sure the pieces fit together nice and snug but not so tight you need to FORCE them together.

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    I intentionally made this joint fit tight and worked my way with a chisel to ensure the perfect fit.

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    Now that everything fit together I went ahead and sanded all of the pieces through the grits to 180 grit.

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    Remove all the dust from your project and then add your finish of choice. I chose to use 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal in Satin.

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    Use a 5/8" fostner bit to recess a cavity for the figure 8 clips.

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    Once your clips are attached line everything up and pre-drill the holes to attach the top to the base.

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    Now that the piece is complete, stage your work next to a cute dog and you're ready to go! I hoped you enjoyed this quick tutorial. Be sure to check back for more!


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