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Conference table / work bench #1: Wenge and White Ash Table

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It’s been a while since I posted any projects, so I figured I’d better do so before you all forget my name.

I previously posted a Library stair unit, and this table is the accompaning piece of furniture to that.

The client needed a conference table, but he also wanted a workbench, as he was prone to dismantel his computer occasionaly, in name of improving it.

He was a fan a George Nakashima, so he wanted the table fashioned in his style. My design seemed to prove successful, as he did love the finished product.

We built the trestle style leg sets, and the main frame of the table with wenge. The top was constructed with a resin coated honeycomb cardboard core, covered with M.D.F., and book matched ash veneer.

The top consisted of two pieces, joined at the middle with saus hinges. One half of the table flipped over onto it’s counterpart, exposing the brushed stainless steel work surface. The stainless is actually laminated to a wilson- art plastic laminate. (like formica).

The work area under the stainless had a center drawer, covered with felt, as well as two sections that lifted out, for tool storage, at bothends of the table. These too, were covered with felt.

Since the gentleman was not a young fellow, or in the best of health, the table had to be light enough for him to open and close. The honeycomb was the perfect solution.

We inlaid “butterflies” into the top to mimick the ones used by Nakashima to repair cracks in his slab lumber tables.

Again we made use of templates and the vacuum system for many phases of the project.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com



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Roger Strautman

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#1 posted 2554 days ago

I like the way you work with the client and are opened minded. Very nice once again Lee!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 2554 days ago

Hi Roger;

As you well know, it pays to give the client what they want. Makes for a happy relationship.

Lee

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WayneC

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#3 posted 2554 days ago

Very innovative design. What a great table. The butterflys are cool.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 2554 days ago

Hey Lee, I just found this on the way to bed. Sure is interesting. I love things with two purposes. Great design. Great execution. Say hi to Bruce.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 2554 days ago

give the client what they want.. haha.. good concept!! :)

great table. I “LOVE” multi purpose items!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#6 posted 2554 days ago

Lee great design. A unique use of internal space. I guess the laminate doesn’tcome off over the drawer.

It looked like you bent the Wedge as you were glueing up the table frame. How did you keep the curve when you cut out the drawer?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 2554 days ago

Hi Me. Debbie;

I don’t think I have to you that it is almost a forgotten concept!

Lee

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 2554 days ago

Thanks Wayne

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 2554 days ago

Thanks Karson

Actually, we used 3/8” bendy board, and 3/8” thick wenge, and curved them over a form. This was placed in the vacuum bag, so when the uni bond 800 (urea resin) was cured, the curve remained. Check the bottom photo and you’ll see the form in the bag, with one of the aprons on it.

Then dado’s were cut into the apron at the desired intervals, for the cross pieces. Cuting the drawer face was done with a hand saw, held on the desired angles, so it wouldnt show a gap too much when closed. The curved stayed fairly well. The bottom is glued to the center of the front and rear, which helps to keep it in place.

The clamps were used to press the dado’s tight onto the cross pieces, as they relaxed somewhat after being dadoed.

The lanimnate above the drawer isn’t removable. The thinking here was if he had his computer dismanteled, he wouldn’t have access to the space below.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Bob Babcock

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#10 posted 2554 days ago

Great table Lee. I love the dual purpose design.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#11 posted 2554 days ago

Thanks Bob!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#12 posted 2553 days ago

Hi Lee,

Great work! You make this stuff look easy (but it’s not…).

Your shop looks so clean and well lit. It must be a pleasant place to work.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 2553 days ago

Hi Tom,

Thank you;

And your right, the shop is a pleasure to work / play in. Depending on what were making, determines the type of music playing. Quite often is classical, as that seems to lend itself to a relaxed atmosphere, where accuracy is easier to achieve.

Don’t ask me why, but It really seems to make a difference.

I like rock as much as the next guy, but I never play it in the shop!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Dan'um Style

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#14 posted 2553 days ago

Lee

You should try “chill” thats what I listen to:

The Crystal Method
Bluetech
Pitch Black nz

DAN

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 2553 days ago

Hi Dan;

Never heard of them!

What kind of music is it?

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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