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I just finished this commission, a very contemporary coffee table. I also built it with “contemporary” materials. The structure was done in 16mm (5/8) particle board which was then covered in 3mm (1/8) veneered plywood. I stained the plywood with spirit stain to darken the color somewhat, before spraying with catalyzed lacquer. The client is happy and I can feed my kids!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."





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wseand

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 09:54 PM

Client and kids are happy, so you are happy, great looking piece.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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Div

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 10:15 PM

More like: if Mommy is happy, everyone is happy! Thanks.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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stefang

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#3 posted 07-20-2010 11:10 PM

Looks very nice Div. A great way to build a coffee table like this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 11:11 PM

no the client is happy
the kids is happy and not hungry
and mum is happy becorse the kids ain´t hungry
that´s why you are happy…...........LOL

and we are happy becourse you shared a nice project with us Div.

Dennis

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Div

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 11:16 PM

So, it looks like one BIG happy family, hey Dennis!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Jeff

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#6 posted 07-20-2010 11:29 PM

I hate to take a quote from someone without giving credit, but I read an article recently that applies here. The author talked about how we, as the builder, see the end product as all the pieces that went into it while others see the piece as a whole object. No one would know that this isn’t solid wood, but the fact that you were able to make it look as though gives the object that quality as others see it. I guess what I’m saying is, feel free to give yourself some credit, even though you know that it isn’t what it appears to be to others and that it is no less quality because of that. Great looking project, even though I know what’s on the inside.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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huff

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#7 posted 07-21-2010 02:42 AM

Div, I had to take a double take on your project. I built one very similar to yours just a few months ago. I built the substrat with MDF and it was covered with a walnut veneer. The customer actually was the one that suggested doing it that way and she was very happy with the final look. I really like the way yours turned out. Great job and glad everyone is happy. It’s a great looking table.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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Rob Bois

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#8 posted 07-21-2010 03:48 AM

There’s a big difference between building something like this using a substrate, and having the client involved and informed of the construction. Where this method gets a bad name is when supposedly reputable furniture stores find loopholes or ways to market veneered furniture as “solid” or “hardwood”. Heck in the 18th century, veneering became a high style method, since it allowed for inlays, marquetry, and the use of book matched or repeated grain that was not only more expensive, but physically impractical or even impossible to do with solid wood. As long as the consumer understands and appreciates what they’re buying, it’s all good.

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ChrisinOttawa

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#9 posted 07-21-2010 05:15 AM

Very nice! We’ve built similar tables with a material that’s constructed with a top and bottom layer of 3/8” MDF and a honeycomb paper center. About 2” thick in total. It’s light and easy to work with. You can tap out the paper along the edges and insert/glue particle board sides followed by veneer. A quick and simple way to build things with thick cross-sections.

-- Chirs in Ottawa

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Monty

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#10 posted 07-21-2010 07:50 AM

ja dit is lekker as jy die ondervinding het en die klieent is gelukkig met jou werk (soos die a team gesehet. i love when a plan comes together)

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Cher

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#11 posted 07-21-2010 08:07 AM

Div I like the way you think, if moms happy, everybody is happy…lol

The table came out beautiful you have again, done a perfect job. If I may ask what is the size of it?

Thanks for sharing Div.

-- When you know better you do better.

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Div

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#12 posted 07-21-2010 10:08 PM

Cher, Mommys are a bit like woodwork. With time and experience, you get to know what is best!!

Chris and Huff, It shows you, nothing is new!

Rob Bois, I hear you. Same thing here in the stores, they try and pass off veneered stuff as solid. Off course, any woodworker can see what is what. It is my policy to tell my customer exactly what he gets. In this case I even gave the option in solid wood, which was off course much more expensive.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Cher

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#13 posted 07-21-2010 10:12 PM

Div, and you just love woodwork.

What is the size of the table?

-- When you know better you do better.

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Div

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#14 posted 07-21-2010 10:25 PM

Off course I love woodwork, especially the curvy projects! Oh, sorry, the table size? Funny thing, once a piece goes out the shop, the measurements leave my head! About 800×1500 I guess!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Cher

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#15 posted 07-21-2010 10:34 PM

The curves just have a nice feel to them…lol

That is a nice size.

A secret here…..... I sit on my coffee table when no one is around, I’d have a fit if any one else did it.

-- When you know better you do better.

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