Finishing Touches: New American Classic

Leave it to the lords of the gourmet butcher block to devise such a stunning way to recycle scraps of American black walnut. Leftovers from their full-length rail countertops are butt-jointed and laid up to create the 13⁄4-inch-thick tabletop, which expands from 7 to 81⁄2 feet with one leaf, or 10 feet with two.

Walnut Dining/Conference table, by John Boos; $6,079 as shown;
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