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Project by Andy Brownell posted 11-18-2010 05:04 AM 2213 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from a single giant slab of South American figured Makore, this desk represented working on a really massive project in my very small shop. In fact, I didn’t realize the base was too large to make it up from the basement through the door to my upstairs, so I had to remove some of the trim to get it through the doorway successfully.

This started as a 17’ x 36” x 2” slab, and finished at 4’ wide x 6’ long x 30” tall. The table top uses two pieces cut and joined together, at 1 5/8” thick, and the legs are 3” square. The top alone weighs close to 100 lbs. The overall design uses an exposed natural edge of the sapwood that had some amazing bumps, requiring quite a bit of filing and hand work to get cleaned up and finish ready. It really invites the touch of the hand when you walk by.

All of the edges, including the clover leaf style of leg edges have quarter round detail.
The finish needs to be durable enough for my family to use daily for the next 200 years or so. I used 6 coats of wipe-on poly, with 1500 grit sanding between coats. Butchers wax finish. All bring out the chatoyance of the wood grain.

-- Andy Brownell





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#1 posted 11-18-2010 06:17 AM

Nice table! Good design – clean lines.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#2 posted 11-18-2010 03:04 PM

Very nice table I like the design.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 11-18-2010 05:10 PM

Very cool and quite beautiful. I like the Greene & Greene touches. The live edge was a nice design choice. I’ve glued up some large projects in the living room because I couldn’t get them through the door, after pre-finishing them of course.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 11-18-2010 05:24 PM

Nice, any picks of the raw wood before you started working it?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 11-18-2010 06:55 PM

Love it! Also shows you are a lover of wood, you used the word chatoyance!

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#6 posted 11-18-2010 10:47 PM

Ummm, that ought to last. Looks like there is room on the other side for someone – did you intend to make it that size for such a purpose?

Nice work Bro.

BTW – any chance I can slap some 15” stainless cleats on each end? ;-)

-- Steve Brownell

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#7 posted 11-19-2010 03:57 AM

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#8 posted 11-19-2010 04:18 PM

Nice looking table, Andy.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 11:02 PM

That is some beautiful graining!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 05-07-2012 04:34 AM

That is a beautiful piece. I love the design. How do you get any work done? I would just stare at the grain. Very nice! And I thought Makore only came in veneer. :) I don’t even want to know the $/BF.

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