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Project by Ellen posted 11-21-2014 06:46 PM 2492 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We started with a 52 inch square table. 3 years later, the center part of the table, made of solid Makore, shrink and expanded and cracked away from the border of the table. AND our friends moved into a new house that make the 52 inch square table obsolete. With the love of the design, we rebuilt the table 42 inches by 8 feet. And this time we built a vacuum press and made veneered Makore for the center. The outside is hard maple and between the center and the maple is Wenge.

This is absolutely a lesson in wood shrinking and expanding over time. This time (knock on wood!) it will never move. I’d love opinions and questions.

Our friends are thrilled.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 06:51 PM

Looks outstanding.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Karson

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 06:59 PM

Great looking rebuild.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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exelectrician

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 07:08 PM

The track saw over the beautiful finished top is a classic, – ‘Am I doing the right thing?’ moment!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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mcoyfrog

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 07:27 PM

Awesome, sooooooo beautiful

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 11-21-2014 07:38 PM

Beautiful

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Ellen

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#6 posted 11-21-2014 07:46 PM

Oh, one of the worst days of my life, having to cut the old table in half so we could harvest the wood. Thanks for the feedback!

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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gbear

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#7 posted 11-21-2014 08:14 PM

Outstanding design, build, and great use of materials. It’s beautiful. Your friends are very lucky!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 11-21-2014 08:52 PM

Wow. that is a thing of beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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jmartel

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#9 posted 11-21-2014 10:42 PM

What did you do for a finishing schedule for the top? That finish looks great.

And I’m a big fan of the veneer chosen as well.

Thanks.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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timbertailor

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#10 posted 11-21-2014 11:19 PM

What did you veener to, if I may ask?

It turned out beautiful, it has its ecological advantages, and should be far more stable over its lifetime.

I really like it.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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Craftsman on the lake

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#11 posted 11-21-2014 11:46 PM

I had the same thing happen on an entertainment stand top. I think that the two different woods will move at different rates and cause the separation. My woods were cherry with a maple border.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Ellen

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#12 posted 11-22-2014 12:47 AM

HI Craftsman, makore is a lot like cherry, so I would think with the tight grain, there would not be that much movement, but I was wrong. I do think we solved it this way.

Brad, we used furniture grade MDF. We consulted a lot of people and this was their recommendation.

For the finish, we sprayed General Finishes arm-r-seal, sanding between coats with 600 grit sandpaper. We have about 10 coats on it. And for the final buff out, we wet polished it with 2000 and 4000 grit Abralon pads with wax.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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Mean_Dean

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#13 posted 11-22-2014 01:04 AM

Well, this rebuild turned out beautifully!

Good choice on the MDF core—shouldn’t move around on you!

-- Dean

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Rick

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#14 posted 11-22-2014 04:04 AM

Very nice Project Ellen. Well done. Thanks for posting.

Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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JerryinCreek

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#15 posted 11-22-2014 04:24 AM

Gorgeous! And I appreciate the thought put into this from start to finish! Not only physical labor but mental too! You should be proud!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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