Amboyna burl Coffee table "HIMIG" (Melody)

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 10-21-2010 10:14 AM 8666 views 6 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a fulfilling adventure bringing this diamond in the rough to life. So far, this is the biggest amboyna burl I’ve worked on. It took two months gouging and shaping the wood. 1” acrylic glass were used for the two wedges and Iron wood pegs to balance the whole top together. I used acrylic glass as a mock-up top so that my client, his Architect cousin and me could play around with non permanent markers on it to get the shape for its top that will compliment the base. The reflective mirrorized stainless steel base that sits atop a 1/4” powder coated steel plate was my client’s idea so that he can enjoy viewing the beauty of the sculpted burl base on both top and bottom side. You can see the progression of this build on:
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-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 10-21-2010 10:20 AM

Simply an astounding project Benji. You are absolutely correct about bringing a diamond in the rough to life. Inside every piece of wood there is furniture waiting to be released. This beauty is a perfect example of that. Wonderful job and thanks so much for letting us enjoy it with you!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 10:24 AM

Wow! What a masterpiece. Certainly a diamond in the rough. Great job on this table, it looks amazing.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 10:26 AM


That huge amboyna burl block used as a coffee table.

Sure looks gorgeous.

But remembering that I’ve been charged 30€ (~$40) for a 15”x17” amboyna burl veneer, it makes me feel a little uncomfortable. I can’t even imagine the price of that incredible piece had you sliced it up into veneer.

Yet I’m in awe at the wonderful piece of furniture you made out of it. Lucky you to have access to such overlooked wood :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 10:35 AM

beautiful…. reminds me of something out of sci-fi series (farscape?)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#5 posted 10-21-2010 10:42 AM

Thomas, I think you bring up a very good point. But IMHO, when honored properly, certain license can be taken by gifted artisans with special pieces of wood. And Benji certainly took great care to make this piece a unique thing of beauty and treat it with the respect it derserved. Sometimes in creating art, economics isn’t the bottom line. This table will be around to admire for generations. I’m curious to hear other LJ’s thoughts on the subject.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 11:00 AM

Hi Benji,
Just a while I was about to rename it Ambulalakaw (Amboyna-asteroid). Incidentally, it was not able to send the pm due I was offline. ... Himig is much better. I know how it sound with those holes in it. Very intriguing growth of Narra. Ang ganda talaga ng gawang Pinoy… What a beautiful piece again that you have created out of those irregular shapes.
God bless!

-- Bert

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#7 posted 10-21-2010 11:07 AM

Wow. That’s nice.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#8 posted 10-21-2010 11:08 AM

Absolutely beautiful! Sliced into veneer, it would have made a lot of beautiful furniture, but carved into this artistic masterpiece, it will be treasured and passed on for generations.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#9 posted 10-21-2010 11:42 AM

What a great piece of work. You should be proud as I’m sure you are. Keep it up!

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

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#10 posted 10-21-2010 12:02 PM

I couldn’t have explained it better Chip! I feel humbled and blessed to have clients who trust my artistic sensibilities and commission me to do pieces like this while they are left in the blind for months until its outcome.
Indeed guys- Build it once, build it right for generations to enjoy and to appreciate. Thanks for your comments guys!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#11 posted 10-21-2010 01:06 PM

This is an increible piece of wood and work! I also checked out the link you posted for your house tour. You are very talented!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#12 posted 10-21-2010 01:37 PM

Very impressive!

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 10-21-2010 02:00 PM

That’s awesome! I wish I could see it in person. What a beautiful piece of wood, and incredible work!

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#14 posted 10-21-2010 02:01 PM

That is an incredibly beautiful table Benji. You can tell a lot of time went into its shaping.

Just curiuos, how much does something like that weigh?

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#15 posted 10-21-2010 02:14 PM

@Eric, Thanks, it weighs a little over 200lbs.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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