Graduation Gift

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Project by kenn posted 06-24-2015 03:06 PM 1881 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering this past Spring. I decided to make him a table to celebrate and commemorate the accomplishment. This is that table.

It is tiger maple and the same design as the walnut one I posted previously. I finished it with Dark Mahogany Dye Stain, BLO and shellac (clear, Amber and garnet). I am very pleased with how well it turned out. One of the things I learned at my recent woodworking class is the importance of cutting angles when planing highly figured woods (62 degrees!) and end grain (27 degrees). I was able to apply that knowledge to this project and am proud of achieving dead smooth, no tear out surfaces on this table.

The pictures tell the story, the wood is the beauty of the piece. This table means something to my son since he plans on taking to China if he gets his employment plans finalized for the job he is currently negotiating. Thanks for looking!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 06-24-2015 03:23 PM

Absolutely Gorgeous, Kenn!!

That finish is awesome.

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

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#2 posted 06-24-2015 03:31 PM

This turned out nicely. The wood is beautiful and so is the table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 06-24-2015 04:22 PM

I you do not like this piece you simply do not like wood! Well done. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#6 posted 06-24-2015 06:40 PM

Beautiful grain display—absolutely stunning!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 06-24-2015 07:09 PM

very nice table and construction!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#8 posted 06-24-2015 07:26 PM

Great table and Gift. Some crazy wood. Love it

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

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#9 posted 06-24-2015 10:09 PM

Nice, beautiful job on the finishing.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 06-24-2015 11:51 PM

Man that is some amazing figure! The finish came out really well, and really makes the piece pop!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 06-25-2015 02:18 AM

Nice job! Fine execution. Bravo.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#12 posted 06-25-2015 04:56 AM

Beautiful Kenn! A lasting treasure for your son!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#13 posted 06-27-2015 06:33 PM

Beautiful piece.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#14 posted 06-27-2015 07:27 PM

incredible grain on that wood. Great job on the woodwork!

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#15 posted 07-02-2015 08:57 PM

You have a lucky son!
To have a father that makes him a piece like this.
Beautiful thought and beautiful work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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