Woodwork With Inset Tiles

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Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 07-15-2007 09:28 PM 2168 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dan Walters posted pictures of some of his projects having inset Grueby tiles. Those tiles are beautiful and rare, and they are displayed nicely in Dan’s projects. This motivated me to post pictures of some of my projects with inset tiles. The tile frames in the 5 small, splayed-leg tables are made of cherry, with the legs ebonized cherry. The large tile is 8”x8”. It was made by artist Jenny Mendes, who lives in Ohio. The tiles in the other 4 tables are 6”x6”. Excuse my picture with the sofa table. The tile in that table was also made by Jenny Mendes. The table top is cherry with wenge inlay, and the splayed legs are ebonized cherry. It measures 31.5” H, 57” L, 17” W. All the tables are finished with shellac sealer coat and oil urathane top coat. The tile in the wall hanging was made by Motawi. I made the wall hanging for my son, who lives in Philadelphia and heads a tree-care company. The pictorial inset represents a cycle in the life of a tree. The wood is cherry, the inlay is wenge, and the frame on the pictorial inset is bocate. You might wonder why I use so much cherry. The reason is that my Philadelphia son’s company cut down a large cherry tree some time ago, yielding about 500 bf of very nice Pennsylvania cherry—I still have about 300 bf of it. The cherry wood in all of these projects came from that tree, giving my son’s wall hanging a little extra story.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#1 posted 07-15-2007 09:31 PM

Your woodwork sets off the tile work beautifully! Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 07-15-2007 11:00 PM

Great pieces of work ! thanks for posting …. very nice

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 07-16-2007 04:46 AM

SLW, I like all of the work you’ve posted. Your workmanship is exemplary. These tables are no exception.

I can relieve you of the tedium of working with only cherry – send the balance my way. PM me for my shipping address. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 07-16-2007 04:48 AM

Great Job ST.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 07-16-2007 07:47 PM

Those are great. I saw an example of this with a teak table that my mother has. I’ve always liked it. Those are great!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 07-16-2007 08:31 PM

Thanks, MOT. I’m interested in seeing a picture of your mother’s table. When I receive comments like yours and the others about my project postings, one of the first things I do is take a look at the sender’s profile and projects. So, I took a look at your’s MOT. Your projects are well done. I like them.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#7 posted 07-16-2007 09:06 PM

Beautiful art !

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#8 posted 04-13-2011 06:10 AM

Those are some good looking tables you made there Don. Too pretty to set anything on them. I like that detail you have near the bottom of the table legs.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 08-02-2014 09:41 AM

After seeing your table today I came to your projects page to see what other wonders you have produced. these are quite nice. i just wish I could see the table tops better. I love grueby. Nice work

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