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WHAT is fantastic for eating BACON on? Pommele Sapele Bistro table

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Project by Jamie McDonald posted 06-06-2017 09:46 PM 3519 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished making our new kitchen table – Woohooo! Bistro table is 43 inches tall. I’ve been trying to finish this project for about a year. It ended up being one of the projects I had to come back to, because i needed to finish 5 other projects first…sometimes it’s hard to do things for myself.

I’m one of those guys that gets really excited about the specific material. When I went looking for material to make a donation auction piece, I got lucky finding THREE SLABS of 8/4×23wide x 10ft long quarter sawn pommele sapele and knew I had to buy them all. It was just meant to be!! It must have been a huge tree to be perfectly quarter sawn from one edge to the other across 23 inches. When the quartersawn ribbon and fleck figures combine with the Pommele figure, it creates a really busy pattern that looks like an abstract keltic plaid. According to my personal taste, this is the most beautiful material I’ve ever had the opportunity to spend time with…the tree gods blessed me that day. I only hope I gave the proper respect back to the trees and David Scott.

I like to buy things from artists whose work I appreciate, and these chairs were made by David Scott in Asheville NC. I took him the wood…he made the chairs…. and then I made the table top and aprons all from the same Sapele. I used some different Sapele only for the legs.

Glad this is finally done! Laminated Sapele veneers to the face of 1 inch hard maple. On the aprons a chamfer was used to create the maple contrast. I chose not to put any maple in the legs so the table would not compete with the chairs.

This is exactly the same wood I used for the other auction table I mentioned above named “Negative Influence” you can see that project here. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/179906

The plate of bacon was the first thing to be set on the table…and even though it was awesome, thick cut, applewood, perfectly cooked, melty, crispy BACON… it was still a bit nerve racking!

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel





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#1 posted 06-06-2017 09:53 PM

Very nice, I like the treatment on the aprons.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#2 posted 06-06-2017 09:57 PM

Beautiful work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 06-07-2017 01:57 AM

Wow!! That is just over the top! Looks great.

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#4 posted 06-07-2017 02:07 AM

Gorgeous! But I’ll even eat bacon off a paper plate.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 06-07-2017 03:02 AM

Stunning beauty and workmanship! Love the apron detail… Any bacon left?

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 06-07-2017 04:11 AM

Wow, does describe it perfectly. The wood is amazing as is the design. Looks even better than that crispy bacon and that’s saying a lot.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 06-07-2017 08:02 AM

Great work, what an amazing finish job!!!!! I’m hungry now thx. :>)

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

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#8 posted 06-07-2017 11:53 AM

Need a fancy room for that set

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#9 posted 06-07-2017 01:33 PM

Wow! This is an outstanding table and displays a lot of nice details and workmanship. It’s very creative and a real eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 06-07-2017 03:45 PM

That is one awesome table, love the design, material, and finish!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#11 posted 06-07-2017 04:58 PM

I can’t say that I’ve ever seen more beautiful wood.

Nice table too! :-)

Just don’t drop your mail on it all week long so it’s half-covered with paper (happens to my table).

-Paul

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#12 posted 06-07-2017 05:06 PM

To answer your question, just about anything is fantastic for eating bacon on! ha!

Seriously though, great job on the table! I love the cutouts on the apron, with the maple “outline” showing through! Great work on a beautiful table!

-- One good turn deserves another!

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#13 posted 06-07-2017 05:26 PM

That is indeed some beautifully figured wood.

Table design is pretty snazzy as well.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#14 posted 06-07-2017 07:02 PM

What a cool looking table and chairs.

-- Julian

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#15 posted 06-07-2017 07:06 PM

yeah wow is right that is the most beautiful wood ive ever seen,and your design is very unique.i also love those stools,they just go with the table perfectly.and now im hungry for some bacon,thanks-lol.incredible job jamie.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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