Southwest Cocktail table #2: Simplify ..... sort of....

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 06-19-2013 04:41 AM 930 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A Hot Mess Part 2 of Southwest Cocktail table series Part 3: My vision has returned. »

My first take was too busy, muddy and lacked contrast.

I decided to take what was working and go from there. I definately wanted to keep the Navajo mountain pattern in the Bubinga. Here is where the project is at the moment because – that’s all I have. ;)

I’m not going to use Oak. All of the lighter colored wood will be cherry. I’ll be adding a paduak border a bit later. I may be addidng in some peruvian Walnut (Never heard of such a thing until today.

Next step? Cut the Fill the gaps and add a 2 inch frame from stock of Cherry.

I’m a lot happier now that I decided to work on the piece a little at a time. Instead of conserving every square inch of wood, I’ll have a few more off-cuts in favor of a neater finished product. It will be something I can live with and enjoy.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 06-19-2013 12:39 PM

When life gives you ‘Off-cuts’, you now have stock for Inlay Banding.

That would be a “Win – Win’.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 10:54 PM

Looks like you’re on a good path…

... will be nice to see your finished product…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 06-20-2013 05:28 AM

Thanks gentlemen,

I spent the evening filling the zig/zag separation with cherry. I’m a bit past halfway done with those glue ups. I have few very small gaps to fill but for the most part, it’s looking like I wanted.,

Len, you and I talked about shaving about 1/64 of an inch off the width of the cherry because the pieces we’d slightly too wide. I used the sled and set my stop block to the exact width of the mountain strips. I know we discussed using double stick tape on the sled to hold the strips down as I was cutting. For me it works to put the piece against the sled block. Then I used a sacrificial board to hold against piece I was cutting.

It worked well. Thanks’ for the great idea. Mark.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 06-22-2013 05:02 AM



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