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Project by michelletwo posted 05-29-2010 03:11 AM 1744 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shaker/modern commisioned table. Walnut and ambrosia maple. Client let me decide on most details and woods, as she has bought from me before. At first I did not like it as there was too much dark/light. But after using danish on the ambrosia, I liked it a lot. Bookmatched door panels, lathe turned pulls. All comments are deeply appreciated

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#1 posted 05-29-2010 03:14 AM

Very beautiful, the grains show through nicely. I really love the top, you did a great job.

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#2 posted 05-29-2010 03:17 AM

wonderful side table this looks great

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#3 posted 05-29-2010 03:29 AM

That’s some beautiful Ambrosia Maple, as you don’t usually see that much dark wood in a piece. I really like the simplicity of the Shaker style with the busy wood. Very nice!

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#4 posted 05-29-2010 03:47 AM

Really wonderful side table this looks great

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#5 posted 05-29-2010 03:49 AM

Nice table.

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#6 posted 05-29-2010 04:33 AM

The Ambrosia is just beautiful : )

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#7 posted 05-29-2010 04:38 AM

Simple design lets you focus on the nice grain of the maple. I like the contrast of the walnut. Great job

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#8 posted 05-29-2010 05:11 AM

very cool, I really like this piece.

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#9 posted 05-29-2010 05:39 AM

Delightful design and execution that are a hallmark of your work. Such a careful use of that beautiful grain. Filled with subtle details that enhance the piece. . . are those pegs in the top rail joints? Your client will be fortunate to have such a table. Thanks for posting. Wish I could see 360 degree views.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#10 posted 05-29-2010 07:10 AM

Very nice, Michelle. I, too, like the orientation of the pattern on the top. Very artistic!


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#11 posted 05-29-2010 12:01 PM

Un trabajo muy bueno,shaker moderno?,la estructura y la forma si,los colores y el contraste me recuerda mucho algunos muebles orientales,las bisagras grandes parecen las de algunos muebles chinos.Es un mueble que puede quedar bien en cualquier lugar de una casa,pienso que el cliente se habra quedado contento,felicidades.

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#12 posted 05-29-2010 12:37 PM

ramon: muchas gracias…next time I’m in the big city, I will buy an english/spanish translation book. I do understand muy bueno, I think you like the orientation of something, that my client is happy> HA Looks
positive, as I don’t see words and &%&%(&^)_ stuff!!!
Grant: thank you for your head swelling comments. Yes there are pegs, and did you see the shape of the face frame.? It is hard to see in the picture as it is walnut on walnut. My client swooned over that unusual detail. (she is soooo..easy!!) :-)
Barb: the top is 3 VERY carefully placed boards..jointed with handplane to make an almost seemless join. The slanting ambrosia beetle markings, really help hide any seem also. (Keep those turnings comin’)

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#13 posted 05-29-2010 01:39 PM

Beautiful table Michelle but I bet it looks even better in person.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#14 posted 05-29-2010 02:41 PM

Wow! Clearly, Ambrosia is underused in cabinet making these days. You made all those visual textures sing.

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#15 posted 05-29-2010 03:23 PM

I love the woods and the colors are outstanding. From what I can tell the size would be perfect in just about any house.
The only thing I would have done different is stayed consistant. You have flush doors with an overlay drawer. Just my 2 cents.

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