Fossil Table

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Project by andrewkleinWW posted 03-05-2015 02:03 AM 1663 views 17 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this project over the summer, after realizing that simulating a fossil would be a really interesting way to combine carving and inlay. You can watch the video I made on the build here:

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#1 posted 03-05-2015 02:21 AM

Very unique, great craftsmanship.

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#2 posted 03-05-2015 02:34 AM

That is one awesome table!! How long did that tasks you?

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#3 posted 03-05-2015 02:35 AM

That is just way too cool.

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#4 posted 03-05-2015 11:18 AM

That has got to be one of the coolest projects I have ever see. Thank you for sharing. That was amazing to watch and fun too

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#5 posted 03-05-2015 11:31 AM

Very nice!

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#6 posted 03-05-2015 11:43 AM

English, this table took about 100 hours. But if I did it again I could probably do it in 80.

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#7 posted 03-05-2015 12:56 PM

Very nice and the video was great

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#8 posted 03-05-2015 02:14 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship and gorgeous woods. Very unique, well done!

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#9 posted 03-05-2015 04:26 PM

Fantastic table! The video was perfect for showcasing all the different techniques you utilized in the process.
Thanks for sharing.


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#10 posted 03-05-2015 05:26 PM

beautiful work

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#11 posted 03-05-2015 06:00 PM

Awsome and unique idea. Interesting technic.

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#12 posted 03-05-2015 07:10 PM

That is absolutely beautiful. Great job and welcome to LJs

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#13 posted 03-05-2015 07:43 PM

Great job! When I saw the thumbnail photo I thought it was a wood table with a stone top – which would have been great. Then I saw that the top was wood with inlay – very impressive! Then I noticed that the triangular top is actually three sections that have been pieced together to match – WOW!

Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 03-05-2015 07:52 PM

Very good implementation of fossil.
Look like it’s in the rock.

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#15 posted 03-05-2015 11:39 PM

Being a fossil guy and a wood guy and a photography guy I really like it, its unusual and has beautiful lines and I really like how you joined the legs together where radius meets ,that little box is outstanding, the choice of contrasting woods is perfect. I would think thats a piece that if you added up all your hours including design, drawings, jigs, that 100 hours means your good : )

Its probably your photography skills but the pic of the top, has three large pieces of what looks to be sabele or ribboned maple (blonde coloured wood) and that they are book-matched, sequenced ? Regardless, in the photo one of three is way lighter in colour ? Probably the camera playing tricks with the eye as sometimes the aperature, the ISO, the light balance, the shutter speed all factors into what cant been seen in person.

The colour of the fossil being black and if that is a colour speaks real loud and maybe it should but I would have been tempted to tone it down and use a combination dark rusty colours, almost like grinding stone and fill the gaps then sand it off but everyone including me seems to be smarter in hindsight, suffice to say that I like it, and being a collector of fossils my eye took me here and gave my imagination a breath of fresh air.

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