A Knot Like no Other

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Project by Masterchief posted 01-11-2009 12:39 AM 2603 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am also submitting this table into the ”Knot like no other” contest. The original design is for a table I was building for a retiring Officer (our Commanding Officer). But I wanted to incorporate both contest theme’s in its final build. So what inspired me, well one the veneer did but I with me being a very beginning woodworker I wanted to put some work out there and se if I have the potential to do things like this. I truely do not expect to win anything but wanted to try my hand at it.

Additional Photo’s are also attached below…

The Project:
When I seen the contest announced then I wanted to try my hand at it. The table is made from re-sawn 8/4 white oak, Ash (secondary wood) and Mappa. The Mappa is the knotty veneers inset into the top and drawers. The Mappa is a veneer with numerous knots in it and it comes from the poplar species. It is extremely hard to work and mend to your will… I seen all of the other entries, so I guess I may have missed the true “knot” concept. Nevertheless, this Mappa is definately like no other knot I have seen and I have been wanting to use it for some time now.
The drawers are full extension made from Ash and pegged to the drawer front. The drawer bottoms are also panels of Ash I re-sawn; book matched and glued together then coved the ends to fit in the grooves of the drawer sides. The drawer fronts are the same wood removed from the front aprons to maintain grain direction. I hollowed out the center core and then inset the knotty Mappa veneers.

The legs are of my own design and something I drew one day in a book and thought it would go good with this type of table. The fret work at the top was a first for me.

The top is frame and panel style with again the Mappa inset into the center panel. The finish is oil and wax.

The secret compartment is in the center of the two drawers underneath. Access is by reaching under, removing the peg and lowering the drawer. The top panel slides down and then locks in place. The box is designed to allow for document, cash, or personal info to be stored. As the drawer is lowered the items will not come out until the top is slide into position.

Again, I just wanted to try my hand at a contest and hope you like it.

Here are some more additional photo’s:
Fret work

Top completed

A knot Like No Other

Initial finish coat applied.

See the entire build here:


-- When you are at a point in life and you think there is nothing more to learn, then you must understand that you have learned nothing at all. Billy

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#1 posted 01-11-2009 12:45 AM

Wow, amazing work. You’ve got my vote!

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#2 posted 01-11-2009 12:52 AM

Very nice work !! Good thing i am knot entering this contest .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#3 posted 01-11-2009 12:56 AM

mighty fine, Billy

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-11-2009 01:07 AM

Beautiful work Bill, or should I say Chief. Love the detail work you did.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#5 posted 01-11-2009 01:56 AM

Billy that looks great: nice work!

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

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#6 posted 01-11-2009 04:37 AM

Gorgeous Table, Chief!!

Good Luck in the contest!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 01-11-2009 05:03 AM

that wood is pure gold…

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#8 posted 01-11-2009 05:16 AM

Hi Chief, Great job on the table – your C.O. must be quite a guy to deserve such a beautiful gift. Thank you for the service to our country.

Semper Fi
Doug in AZ.

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#9 posted 01-11-2009 05:25 AM

Beautifully done

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#10 posted 01-11-2009 06:23 AM

Wow, very elegant piece, what a fantastic gift! Clever hidden drawer, well done sir!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#11 posted 01-12-2009 02:22 PM

Thank all of you for such great comments. Building projects like these allows me to learn something new each time. I am still learning that patience, a plan, and steady execution is the key to good joinery and overall look of the project, not the tools. Believe me, I am still trying to master that. Like this project, I did not have a plan, I knew I wanted to build a table so I pulled the last remaining piece of white oak I had in the shop and started with the legs. Honestly the rest built itself. Since white oak is special order only around here blending my mistakes was hard. Making inset drawers with a perfect reveal is a challenge. I really need a jointer and a bandsaw. Maybe one day…....

Again thanks for the kind words.

-- When you are at a point in life and you think there is nothing more to learn, then you must understand that you have learned nothing at all. Billy

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#12 posted 01-12-2009 08:14 PM

Love the photos and the project!

(although I’m not a fan of embedding sound in web pages)

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#13 posted 01-12-2009 09:21 PM

Now there’s some inspiration! Awesome work, design, execution!


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#14 posted 01-12-2009 09:41 PM

Nice desk, but where the hell did this music come from?

-- Ciao, gth.

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#15 posted 01-13-2009 12:12 AM

Thanks guys…..............Ok I took the embedded music code out… It was kinda cheesy wasn’t it.

-- When you are at a point in life and you think there is nothing more to learn, then you must understand that you have learned nothing at all. Billy

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