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Curly big leaf maple veneered coffee table

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 08-14-2010 04:33 PM 2518 views 21 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is mine, and I love it! I found a special piece of maple that I thought would slice into some nice veneer add a dash of walnut and poof a table will appear. The design was mine I did look at many different coffee tables to get some size and design ideas.

The top has been built with custom sawn veneer from a single piece of wood sliced to about 3/32’’, much thicker than typical commercial veneer. It is then book matched and laminated to a Baltic Birch substrate allowing for ZERO wood movement then wrapped with solid hard wood.

Designed with a shelf to keep the top free of remotes, magazines and game controllers. The solid wood drawers are also book matched with the top to bring it all together.

Finished with 3 part hand rubbed oil finish added just poly for protection on the top about 6 coats after the oil finish.

Features Include:

Custom cut veneer
Curly Big Leaf Maple
Plywood substrate = no wood movement to last for years and years
Removable top
Ebony drawer pulls mounted with stainless steel
Pinned drawer fronts

Dimensions – Length 49’’ – Width 30’’ – Height 17’‘

For more information please visit Custom rocking chairs and tables

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com





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Jonathan

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 04:38 PM

Geez Paul, you just crank them out!

That veneer is fantastic (and nice an thick too)!

Did you use BLO, Danish Oil, Tung Oil, or something else?

Certainly a soundly-built (baltic birch substrate), sturdy (looking) and functional piece that is stunning at the same time.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Canadian Woodworks

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 04:46 PM

I would make some minor adjustments, on the next table of this design maybe make the legs about 1’’ shorter so the top would sit about 1’’ lower.

I sanded to 500 then burnished with a wool pad

All around the table got the 3 part oil finish, and the top got a additional 6 coats of just poly.

The 3 part is equal parts of

BLO
Pure Tung oil
Poly – Semi gloss

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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Jonathan

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#3 posted 08-14-2010 04:52 PM

Thanks for the info. Paul.

I suppose it makes sense to shorten it by an inch since it’s at 17” now.

I also forgot to ask about the walnut legs. They look like solid stock, as opposed to glue-ups, is that the case? If so, it appears to be somewhere in the 12/4, to 16/4 range?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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schloemoe

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#4 posted 08-14-2010 04:55 PM

Nice looking table…...............................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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Canadian Woodworks

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 04:59 PM

the height is okay for my couches, i’m just really picky about design and I think it’s a little top heavy looking just a smidge though.

Ahh the legs, yes I was lucky to pick up about 700 bdft’ walnut 4/4 , 8/4 , 12/4 and even some 16/4 all kiln dried off of kijiji here locally. Even almost no checking on the thicker stuff, I don’t use it often but it’s nice to have, but you still have to watch out with lumber so thick even moisture content can be a concern. I squared the stock then left it for a few more weeks to even out then worked it to my final dimension.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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Edward83

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#6 posted 08-14-2010 05:04 PM

beautiful table.

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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Tim Dorcas

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#7 posted 08-14-2010 06:16 PM

Awesome job!

-- www.craftedbytim.com - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & www.craftedbytim.com - I make. You buy.

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 08-14-2010 06:17 PM

What a great looking table you have built here, Thx for sharing.

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

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rcs47

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#9 posted 08-14-2010 06:27 PM

Beautiful table. I like the view from the end. Great job!

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#10 posted 08-14-2010 09:49 PM

That looks awesome.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#11 posted 08-16-2010 10:14 PM

wonderful looking piece

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