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Project by shipwright posted 08-29-2014 01:23 AM 1055 views 9 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These tables were made for a client who saw my Music table at the Sidney Fine Art Show last year. They were a bit of a challenge to design with enough strength without looking heavy but I’m quite pleased with the outcome.

Features include identical four way matches of Walnut burl on the two tables, open aprons that fair into the inside curves of the legs, ebonized Walnut mortise and tenon construction, and oh yes, my first cabriole legs. The Purpleheart band is to pick up the purple color in her carpet and yes, she’s fine with it darkening to a browner color over time.

The last photo shows the tables she originally brought me that she wanted to replace, the mock-up I built to check out strength issues and three dimensional aesthetics, and the finished tables.

She picked them up today and she loves them. Isn’t that nice?

There’s a build blog here.

Thanks for looking.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/





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grizzman

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#1 posted 08-29-2014 01:32 AM

these turned out fantastic, i enjoyed the whole blog and the final outcome is nothing but your usual fantastic…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 08-29-2014 01:35 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for showing a master craftsman at work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Roman Hrytsak

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 01:36 AM

Paul,
You are a Master Woodworker and an exceptional instructor. The tables look fantastic.
Regards, Roman

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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fernandoindia

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#4 posted 08-29-2014 02:07 AM

Paul a splendid and elegant design. Everyone who happen to see would love that tables.
Thank you for the detailed blog as well.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#5 posted 08-29-2014 02:08 AM

Absolutely beautiful.

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Woodbridge

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#6 posted 08-29-2014 02:29 AM

Paul, your work is outstanding. A lovely design expertly executed. I really enjoyed reading and watching the construction of these tables on your blog. Seeing the finished product was even better.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 08-29-2014 02:49 AM

Sweet table, Paul. I love the design!! Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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JayT

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#8 posted 08-29-2014 03:05 AM

It was great to follow this build, Paul. The final results are nothing short of spectacular!

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#9 posted 08-29-2014 03:16 AM

Excellent build. This looks like you will have developed a repeat satisfied customer….

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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tomd

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#10 posted 08-29-2014 03:20 AM

Beautiful tables and a great build. Love the veneer tops and the legs. Terrific work.

-- Tom D

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DIYaholic

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#11 posted 08-29-2014 03:39 AM

How could she not love them???
The accolades that will continue to come your way…
Are justly deserved!!!

The blog was/is informative & entertaining….
The craftsmanship is exceptional & awe inspiring!!!

Great job….
on the tables….
& teaching your fellow LumberJocks!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Napaman

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#12 posted 08-29-2014 03:46 AM

Iove the legs…but when clicking on photo 2 and seeing the veneer…wow…really amazing…

I haven’t been able to follow the blog on this one…so maybe you mentioned this—-is this veneer part of the Paris veneer?
Matt

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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TheWoodenOyster

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#13 posted 08-29-2014 03:47 AM

Those look great. It is a really big challenge to make things light visually, but still physically strong enough to do what they need to do, especially when it comes to aprons. The open apron is a great solution. Well done

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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eddie

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#14 posted 08-29-2014 04:32 AM

beautiful tables ,a master craftsman ,they look so much better then the one she is replacing

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 08-29-2014 04:50 AM

Beautiful work… How could she NOT be very HAPPY?

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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