Triangular Hummingbird Table

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Project by Roger Gaborski posted 05-04-2017 11:39 PM 1160 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Previously I had posted a prototype of the hummingbird table made from cabinet grade plywood. The final table shown here is made from South American mahogany and maple. The hummingbird inlays where cut on my CNC machine. The last photo shows the male and pocket parts of the inlay. The two pieces are glued together and the excess maple material is sanded away leaving the hummingbird inlay. The table is finished with three coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat and one coat of wax.
The overall dimensions of the table are 16” x 16” (table top) and 23” tall.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#1 posted 05-04-2017 11:53 PM

Three words

Gor Gee Us

I saw it in various stages of completion and have been impressed with the look all the way through the process

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 05-05-2017 01:16 AM

Really nice. Interesting to see your technique on the inlay.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 05-05-2017 02:09 AM

Great work Roger, thanks for showing the inlay procedure.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 05-05-2017 03:08 AM

Nice CNC work- what CAD/CAM software do you use? Did you create the bird model? Regardless nice project.

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#5 posted 05-05-2017 09:18 AM


-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#6 posted 05-05-2017 10:24 AM

Very nice work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 05-05-2017 02:14 PM

looks great

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#8 posted 05-05-2017 02:42 PM

Thanks for the photos of the inlay process. I was trying to imagine how you didn’t have any blowout on the fine detail in the mahogany, AND I was baffled by the continuous grain on the inlay pieces.

The photos addressed both those questions.

Very nice piece.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#9 posted 05-05-2017 03:16 PM

What a beautiful piece. This project displays a lot of nice details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 05-05-2017 05:58 PM

It is very pretty indeed!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#11 posted 05-05-2017 07:20 PM

That inlay technique is new to me. Beautiful results!

-- John Hansen

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#12 posted 05-05-2017 08:12 PM

oops please ignore

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#13 posted 05-06-2017 12:37 AM

Thanks for all of your comments.
I have had my CNC machine for about two years and I’m still learning. I use three software packages for the CNC designs, Aspire from a company called Vectric (great company, great support!), Rhino 5 and Grasshopper.
Vectric makes available on their website a wide range of videos to help you get up and going with their software. You can find a video (Google Vectric and Hummingbird) that gives more details on the inlay method that I used and the hummingbird image. There is also a very active user group for the Grasshopper software (which is free, but does require Rhino 5 – not free).
I’ve been involved in woodworking for about 30 years. I use to spend 10% of my time designing a project and 90% cutting, gluing and sanding. Now, I find myself spending 90% of my time designing the project in software and 10% of my time cutting, gluing and sanding – BUT, I still enjoy getting into the workshop everyday, either computer programming or cutting.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#14 posted 05-07-2017 11:47 AM

Tis beautiful Roger.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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