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Project by Operaman posted 11-14-2007 09:20 PM 2136 views 8 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tiger Maple, Cherry Breadboard Ends, Floating Bubinga Panels, Ebony Plugs

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#1 posted 11-14-2007 09:45 PM

hello Scott, welcome to LJ’s ! Like your table design. Ever get any compliments ?

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

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#2 posted 11-14-2007 09:48 PM

thanks for your kind words Dan…quite a few people who have passed through the house compliment the table…i am not so sure it is the design, but the gorgeous figured maple…i have track lighting above it which at night gives a real 3 dimensional quality.

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#3 posted 11-14-2007 09:57 PM

Another very nice piece. I too really like the design and the woods.

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

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#4 posted 11-14-2007 11:00 PM

Really interesting design. It manages somehow to look modern and traditional at the same time, if that makes any sense.

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

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#5 posted 11-14-2007 11:28 PM

this was really my first foray into using handtools for the bulk of the work. I did use a thickness planer and table saw (i hope that isn’t cheating) no sandpaper used. jointing and smoothing done with hand planes, tongue and groove done with shoulder plane. ebony plugs shaped with spoke shave.

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#6 posted 11-14-2007 11:55 PM

What a great looking coffee table, i like the design.

-- Andy Stark

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#7 posted 11-14-2007 11:57 PM

Hi Scott, welcome aboard. I am only new to LJ’s as well. A great family of fellow woodworkers. Very nice piece of furniture.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 11-15-2007 01:21 AM

looks good….........................

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#9 posted 11-15-2007 01:31 AM

I was really anxious to see your work, and now it pays off! This is a great design. Really good taste.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 11-15-2007 04:10 AM

Beautiful….now, my wife wants one too.

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#11 posted 11-15-2007 08:53 AM

Excellent stuff Scott!



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#12 posted 11-15-2007 10:59 AM

Scott your work is impressive and to think that you can sing too.

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

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#13 posted 11-15-2007 11:40 AM

Great job! Nice contrasts in wood.


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#14 posted 11-15-2007 02:30 PM

i appreciate all of your kind feedback; it helps my confidence as a young woodworker.

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#15 posted 11-15-2007 05:37 PM

Time to pontificate, re. the concern about “cheating.” In my extremely humble opinion, a large measure of woodworking is using the right tool for the right job. If it works for you, it was the right tool, and there is no question of “cheating,” which seems to me to be a rather meaningless concept in this context. Now, if you were making something out of particleboard and claiming it was “solid wood,” that would be a different matter. I would consider that “cheating.” Using particleboard and being up front about it, however, would not be “cheating.” I believe that particleboard and other “man made” materials have a number of extremely valuable uses, such as sheathing and under-flooring, but I also think that many manufacturers try to make them do jobs for which they were never intended. I get kind of ambivalent about plywood. It’s sort of man made, but it’s also great stuff for shelves and such. I finally concluded after a short study of Gustav Stickley’s “philosophy” that he would not have objected to good quality plywood if used in appropriate ways (e.g., shelves and some carcases). He definitely had no problem with materials other than quartersawn white oak: he even recommended pine and redwood where they might be cheaper than white oak, and where a bulkier yet lighter “look” was desired. He made no bones about the fact that he selected white oak because it was the least expensive material available. (He also thought it very funny that part of the reason he managed to help develop the Arts and Crafts style was because he couldn’t afford the equipment to make a “fancier” product when he set up his first factory. Necessity in that case was the mother not only of invention, but of creativity.) Oh, yeah. Did I mention it is beautiful work? I get sidetracked easily. (No!)

-- Hibernicvs

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