|Project by Gerry||posted 07-22-2010 09:45 AM||2475 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
These tables are the first fine furniture I have ever attempted. Both my wife and I are thrilled with the way they turned out. They are made of knotty alder, with hard maple, ebony, and turquoise inlays. They are approximately 16” square and 25” tall, and finished with 3 coats of Watco Natural finish, and a coat of Bri-wax.
The original plan called for the table tops to be granite. Since that look was inconsistent with the rest of the wood in the library, I determined to make them from solid wood. The top blanks were jointed, milled, assembled with opposing grain directions, and glued up.
Since the structural design of the table depended on the lower shelf and it’s joinery, it had to be plywood. It is made from ½” Finnish Birch plywood, and covered with 1/16” knotty alder veneer with I cut on the band saw.
Once both the tops and the shelves were done, the natural voids in the surface appeared to be calling for a more artistic approach than merely black epoxy. That is where I got the idea that turquoise would be complimentary and make the tables unique. Of course, finding the turquoise in the right size pieces was another story. I finally found what I needed in a rock shop in Bisbee, AZ.
So with much sanding, gluing, scraping, veneering, and finishing, the result is shown here.
-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”