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Project by Rakudrama posted 12-21-2008 12:28 AM 2498 views 21 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had seen a couple of tables of this general design so when I saw the piece of Goncalo Alves in the store I had to have it. The legs are Bubinga with Wenge splines in the miters. The black supports for the top are stained beech.

I had never worked with Goncalo Alves, Bubinga or Wenge before. They are all heavy and hard.

The very last miter joints did not come together perfectly – I had a slight twist when I glued up one of the previous joints. I had to plane a compensating twist into the last miter joint. Lucky for me the last joints were the rear feet.

The finish is 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal which was pretty fool-proof.

If I made this table again, I think I would make the gap between the legs and top narrower, and make the frame very slightly thinner (1 1/2” instead of 1 5/8”), and probably make it a little shorter – 5’8” is a long table.

-- Rakudrama

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#1 posted 12-21-2008 01:50 AM

looks good

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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#2 posted 12-21-2008 02:37 AM

I like the clean look, really showing off the wood.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 12-21-2008 02:43 AM

This is beautiful! I love the choice of woods. That concalo alves almost looks like snakewood. Great job.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 12-21-2008 03:04 AM

I love the modern aesthetic and I love this piece.

Don’t beat yourself up on this one. It seems like there is always a piece of humble baked into each of my projects. Nobody will notice if you do not tell.

The neat thing about doing a project is that one idea begets another. I am sure that you have all kinds of other ideas that were inspired from this one.

Great project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 12-21-2008 05:18 AM

That is a beautiful piece of wood! I really like the finished product.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 12-21-2008 06:15 AM

Excellent outcome. I rarely have a project come together perfectly. I think the skill lies in knowing how to over come problems as they come up. If anything I have learned in the shop it would have to that I need to be flexible. I recently was re-watching a few of the woodworking programs on PBS and I noticed that even the “show pros” have less than perfect joints at times. Boy was that an eye opener. Not even they are prefect but they know how to over come and adapt. Great Job, and I look forward to seeing more of your work. Beautiful piece.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#7 posted 12-21-2008 07:11 AM

Great looking piece. None of the Goncalo Alves pieces that I have in the shop whave as nice a figure that you have in yours. I made one table out of some and it’s posted in my project. The rest of the wood is aging.

I’ve not put any finish on the Goncalo Alves because of the natural oils. I let it’s one internal finish come to the surface.

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-- 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 †

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#8 posted 12-21-2008 06:36 PM

Very clean & stylish. Beautiful!!! And your cat looks happy you made that piece for him or her.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 12-21-2008 07:10 PM

Very nicely executed. I like the sleek, simple lines. The length of the table may be awkward for you, but it looks wonderful. The floating top and extended ends help complete the elegance of this design. (An original version of this design doesn’t have these features and I didn’t care for it because the design was a bit too “safe” and clumsy, but I really like your rendition.) I appreciate the under shot, as it helps understand the technique. Nice choice of woods, that reallly is an outstanding piece of Goncalo Alves. Nice cat perch too.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 12-21-2008 11:10 PM

Very nice. I really like the wood that you chose for this table especially the Goncalo Alves. This is very similar to a table that I am currently in the middle of building. Hope mine comes out as nice as yours.

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#11 posted 12-28-2008 06:50 AM

I keep comimg back to your table, I really like it.


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