Conference Room of makore veneers and painted poplar

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Project by TheWoodsman posted 11-28-2010 03:33 AM 3499 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to fit this job into my schedule after having been recommended for it by the contractor. It involved working with the designer and contractor on the design , materials, and installation . . . and delivering it in a short time frame just prior to the company’s annual meeting.

First item to get into the works was matching the existing poplar mouldings in the hallway. I had knives made by a Cincinnati tooling company, ordered the poplar as S4S in the necessary sizes and ran the trim on my Williams and Hussey and my Powermatic PM27 shaper.

Next up was ordering the makore veneer. The wall panels and bookcases were ordered as plain sliced and sequence matched panels while the conference table top was ordered in two halves using block mottled makore. I experimented with the finishes and determined that the plain-sliced material would need to be stained in order to closely match the color of the mottled material that just has a clear finish. This was a good move as the overall contrast between this color and the paint color worked out well.

The 10’ high cabinets were made in three levels. The lower level is made up of drawers. The mid level is a breakfast bar behind sliding doors with bookshelves on either side. The top level is for books, art, statues/busts.

The 10’ long wall panels were installed before the moulding which surrounds them. They were masked off and all the wood mouldings were sprayed with oil based enamel. Because of the intricate layered design of the mouldings, I ended up having something like 1,500 lf of moulding in this room of 15’x25’.

The 5’w x 14’ long conference table is block mottled makore veneer with a cherry edge which is stained to match the leather on the chairs (sort of a walnut color). Cherry with stain was used rather than walnut because of the closed grain and plain walnut wasn’t a good color match. The base, which I neglected to get good pictures of, consists of three racetrack shaped supports 8” x 36” with 12” x 12” wide chases running between them. Electric, phone, and internet connections come up through the middle support. The finish on the table is completely filled via multiple coats of ML Campbell Krystal satin conversion varnish with lots and lots of sanding between coats.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 04:01 AM

very nice work, i bet it takes alot of planning to pull something like that off without going nuts. Looks great

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 04:02 AM

Simply awesome and inspiring! Your attention to detail is fantastic. I have thrown the idea of matching existing moldings at clients. Usually they don’t want to spring for the extra cost of the custom knives and time to mill the molding. I did recently run some to match a casing from an 1870’s federal style home. It’s nice to try to get the Woodmaster to pay for itself. Again, fantastic work.

Would love to see more of your work.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 04:23 AM

Thanks for the compliments. It did make for some long days towards the end and the wrap-up. For small qty runs of moulding, the knife charge often chases residential folks away. For nice commercial work like this I was about 30% less than the big company the contractor usually buys from.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 07:13 AM

I cannot imagine the amount of time invloved.

Great work!

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 05:25 PM

Very impressive work you have posted. What a great room and making the molding to match really make it flow. What a great room for meetings! Congrats.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 05:41 PM

You guys to fantastic work, really impressive!

Thanks for sharing this one:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 05:52 PM

This was about six weeks of work for me and, Todd, you guys = just me (except for a couple of days my brother helped me with installation of the cabinets.

Due to the schedule, we had the contractor’s finish carpenter install the mouldings and had a professional painter paint all the poplar after it was installed.

I will post more projects when I have time.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 06:08 PM

Spectacular work !
The room oozes class.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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Canadian Woodworks

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 06:34 PM

Awesome project, great use of veneer!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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