Larry Ciesla Woodworking

madrone burl and walnut table

My son Chris made this wonderful table as a wedding present for a very good friend of his.  The top is made from a four-way bookmatch of some Madrone Burl veneer cut into a walnut veneer background with satin wood filete border.  A gentle curve is reflected on all four sides to add visual interest.

The table top just after final sanding.  Solid walnut is used to edge the substrate with the net effect that the top appears to be a solid piece of walnut with the burl somehow cut in.

An application of boiled linseed oil is all it takes to bring out the spectacular figure in the madrone burl.

A generous coat of linseed oil is applied and allowed about 15 minutes to soak in.  The remain oil is then wiped from the surface and allowed to dry for 24 hours.

Corner detail

The matching drawerfront is also a four-way bookmatch.  After seeing this look, the new owners decided to not bother with a center pull that might take away from the figure.