Tabletop I made

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Project by RBWoodworker posted 04-16-2009 01:55 AM 2267 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tabletop I made of tiger Maple and Walnut.. it is NOT veneer but solid hardwoods.. it took me some time and there’s like 46 individual pieces of wood including plugs.. but it really turned out beautifully..

I added a picture of the tabletop with the base..the base is a Maloof type base with hardlines..

Some people might think the base looks a little small for the top, but it’s really bigger than the pictures show..

Also..I will say this.. even though this top is made of solid wood, and has had no problems (it’s almost 10 years old)..I probably will not make it this way again, due to the fact that if I shipped it somewhere where the humidity is not the same..I believe it would crack..I will do the table in veneer and will be posting a radial table made with the veneer soon..

-- Randall Child

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#1 posted 04-16-2009 02:02 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#2 posted 04-16-2009 02:04 AM

Wow very nice top.

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#3 posted 04-16-2009 02:09 AM

That is great. You have a tabletop to be proud of. Waiting to see the base.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#4 posted 04-16-2009 03:11 AM

Yes, it is very nice. What style of base are you going to do? Are you going to turn a pedestal?

-- Vince

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#5 posted 04-16-2009 03:26 AM

Great work and excellent contrast!

-- Handcrafted by RJ Paquin - Yooper

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#6 posted 04-16-2009 04:52 AM

Can’t wait to see it all finished. Novice questions of the day: What joinery is used? Are those dowels that go through to the maple that somehow facilitate wood movement? It’s beautiful!

-- Scott

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 04-16-2009 05:51 AM

HI Randy;

This looks great! Nice job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 04-16-2009 06:40 AM

Thanks everyone..yes.. the top was made to allow for movement of expanding and contracting.. it’s actually several years old and completed..I just don’t have a picture of it completed.. I own the table and has been in use at my home since I made it with no problems at took me too long to make, and I didn’t want to go thru all the trouble of making another I kept now..I’m thinking of doing it again..I will take more pictures of it to show the base..

-- Randall Child

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#9 posted 04-16-2009 05:27 PM

Very nice Table top and outstanding workmanship. looks great

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 04-17-2009 04:48 AM

Just so people don’t think that there’s gaps between the slices of maple.. I glued small slivers of walnut between each slice.. but from the would look like gaps between

-- Randall Child

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Don K.

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#11 posted 04-28-2009 07:18 AM

WOW…my jaw dropped when I saw this. The attention to detail is amazing !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#12 posted 04-28-2009 07:33 AM

Thanks Don..I appreciate your kind words…. I had a good time making this and the coffee table is in my personal collection but I’m willing to make them for anyone who would like to buy one for themself..I will post more pictures of it finished tomorrow

-- Randall Child

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#13 posted 06-29-2009 12:40 AM

You short-changed yourself Randall. By my math there are like 81 individual pieces to include the plugs. Incredible patience and craftsmanship.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#14 posted 06-29-2009 01:31 AM

im getting 91 pieces ,
18 maple
18 walnut
18 walnut strips
36 plugs
1 circle
beautifull table , nice work !
i get an A for today , do i win a table ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 06-30-2009 07:43 AM

LOL.. I think I’m going to have to recount all the pieces..and see who the winner is.. the walnut border is one piece for every 3 pie shaped slats..I scalloped them to match the curves and fitted them perfectly..

-- Randall Child

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