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Nakashima Inspired Coffee Table #3: Wenge Inlays

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Blog entry by PittsburghTim posted 706 days ago 1446 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To prevent the large crack in the branch portion from moving and for a decorative touch, I wanted to add dutchmen from a piece of wenge, selected by my friend and the eventual owner of the finished table. I have owned the Freud template routing set for many years and finally used it. I purchased a clear plastic router base to mount the template to my Porter-Cable plunge router as the adapter provided with the router was very hard to center. After practicing on a few scraps, I routed the wanlut slab and then the patches in the wenge. I made sure that the patches were a bit thicker than needed. With a small amount of sanding the corners of the patches, they fit perfectly. I used a belt sander to take down the excess and then finished with a 6 inch ROS. Here are a few pics.

For the last picture, I wiped a bit of mineral spirits on the piece to give a preview of the finished top.

Next up will be to make the legs.

Thanks for looking, Tim.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."



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gfadvm

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#1 posted 706 days ago

I just spent the afternoon practicing bowtie inlays and I’m glad I saw this as I like the different sizes rather than having them all the same. Thanks for the timely post. I was thinking of using QS White oak bowties in my walnut slab table for the contrast. What do you think?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Woodbridge

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#2 posted 706 days ago

Great looking bowties. They look very good in the piece you are building.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 706 days ago

gfadvm, I think the QSWO would look good, though it may stand out a bit more as it’s quite a bit lighter, depending on the finish. It really depends on the look you are trying to achieve.

Thanks,

Tim

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 705 days ago

I laid some on the slab today and sprayed with MS. I liked the QSWO but my wife didn’t so you know how this will turn out!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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