|Project by Lee A. Jesberger||posted 07-04-2007 05:34 PM||4505 views||12 times favorited||60 comments|
I offered to build a ten foot dinning room table as a house warming present for my brother in law.
We used a technique which cut down on the weight considerably. This technique consisted of using a resin coated honeycomb cardboard, which was one inch tall, for the center core of the table. This not only reduced the weight, it provides a warp proof top.
The table is built using a Mahogany edge, and M.D.F. as a substrate for the Birds Eye Maple veneer. The oval and accent veneer is quater sawn Sapele. The Sapele has very pronounced and uniform stripes that seem to change as you move around the table.
The veneer work was very challenging, as all of it was cut using a scalpel. Also the sheer size of it made it somewhat difficult to handle.
The top veneer was glued to the substrate using a vacuum bag, and resulted in perfect contact over the entire top.
The legs were created using a pre formed quater round plywood, and were used in reverse of the intended method. They form a curved diamond shape, and are capped with a half round Mahogany trim piece. The curves themselves are veneered with Birds Eye Maple.
Working with veneer is very satisfying, as the potential is limitless, and the quality of the grain patterns is incredible.
The table was finished with conversion varnish due to the toughness of this finish. The top was polished to a high sheen, as desired by the owner of the table.