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Project by GaryK posted 09-30-2007 08:54 AM 3596 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a project I started before the summer started, and just now finished since summer is over (kinda).

All the trim is solid mahogany, with veneer for the doors, and top. This was my first foray into veneering
on this scale. I had just gotten a vacuum press and wanted to try it out. It turned out to be real simple.

The foundation for the veneer is 3/4 inch MDF which is a nice and stable. It also add a little weight the the unit which is nice.

The second “first” for this project was the use my Legacy ornamental mill to create the spiral legs. That turned out to be a bit confusing at first, but ended up being pretty easy once you know what you are doing. One word of caution about using one of these things is that you better not mind sanding too much. It’s a real pain to sand these. I ended up putting a two live centers in my lathe and chucked them up. That made it a lor easier to sand.

If you look closely, you will see that there are right and left hand spirals. Putting the same spirals on opposite corners makes it look good from which ever side you are looking at.

It’s real hard getting a picture of the crotch figure in the top. The way the light bounces back makes some parts look dark and others light. But that’s crotch for you.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 09-30-2007 12:27 PM

I did noticed the opposite twists. very nice touch.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 09-30-2007 12:40 PM

Gary this is a beautiful outcome especially considering the firsts. Which model Legacy Ornamental Mill do you have?

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

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 09-30-2007 01:48 PM

This is an exceptional piece. The design work and execution are of the quality I’ve come to expect from you. Wonderful finish and I am really getting interested in those Legacy Mills. Also getting interested in veneering. You guys are a bad influence. LOL

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-30-2007 02:36 PM

i never would have guessed veneer, or MDF. Nice work, love the top.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#5 posted 09-30-2007 05:01 PM

Gary K and “figure” seem to go together real well! Nice work!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 09-30-2007 07:05 PM

Beautiful piece Gary! That veneer work really opens up the possibilities. I’ve done a few small barley twists on the lathe and can appreciate the left handed twist and the sanding work. Great job.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#7 posted 09-30-2007 08:39 PM

Thanks for all the great comments!

Don – The Legacy Ornamental Mill is a model 900.
You can see it in this pic:

Tom – I would get into veneering first if I were you. It opens up a world of possibilities.


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 09-30-2007 09:25 PM

Beautiful table Gary. Did you make the spiral corners. Never mind I just read your blog under your pictures. Ornemental mill huh? Man you can make anything with that. Love the pattern on top. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 09-30-2007 10:47 PM

Don’t know what to say but “Wow!”

Your work is always amazing, Gary.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 09-30-2007 11:40 PM

Nice work as usual, Gary!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 10-01-2007 11:50 PM

Absolutely beautiful Gary. I like the veneer work and the ornamental columns are an added plus! Thank you for sharing.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 10-01-2007 11:54 PM

A wonderful table with a beautiful top. Very nice…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#13 posted 10-04-2007 12:10 AM

Gary, that top is stunning!

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

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#14 posted 10-11-2007 08:03 AM

Gary Great top and front and posts. I truly magnificent package.

-- 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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#15 posted 10-11-2007 06:38 PM

Yes I agree very nice work on the bookmatch inlays.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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