Conference Table

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Project by ShopDogs posted 12-01-2010 03:05 PM 2420 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Conference table is part of a 4 piece set that was just finished and delivered to Minneapolis this week.
The table is 14’ long and about 54” wide. It was build in 3 pieces, plus 3 support pedestals.
The figured wood is Sapele Pomele. The edge wood is black walnut. The finish is 8 coats of wipe-on oil based poly. The last sanding step was with 4000 grit. It came out like glass. The other 3 pieces in this office set will be posted in the next few days. Thanks for looking. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions about the wood or the construction itself.


-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#1 posted 12-01-2010 03:10 PM

Well, boss, you’ve done it again. Wonderful construction – I really like the pedestals and the molding. How thick is the table, and what plywood did you use for the backing? The sapele is awesome. Great job!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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Dennis Fletcher

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 03:12 PM

This is an awesome piece of furniture.

Finale sanding at 4000 grit? Wow, it must really shine. I love the wood choices.

I really can’t wait to see the rest of the furniture.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 03:16 PM

Thanks, Bill.
The sub-strate on the sapele itself is 3/4” MDF with a red oak back. I then mounted it to two 34” square pieces of 3/4”birch ply. THe walnut edging is an inch and a half thick. skirt is 3 1/2” tall.

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 03:18 PM

That is a very impressive conference table and you have done a wonderful job on it. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 03:28 PM

Michael, that is one beautiful conference table. Thanks for sharing.
How many people wok in your shop?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 04:08 PM

Thats a beautiful table.

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 04:34 PM

Nicely done!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 04:42 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. Jim, I have one young man who works part time with me. About 15 hrs per week. He is meticulous and learning very quickly. One day, he hopes to have his own woodworking business. In the mean time, I sell at a massive discount or simply give my tools to him whenever I upgrade.

But mostly I work in the shop by myself, like most of us, I guess.

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#9 posted 12-01-2010 04:46 PM

Very very nice.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#10 posted 12-01-2010 06:13 PM

Awesome table! The finish must be as smooth as a baby’s you know what.

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

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#11 posted 12-01-2010 06:35 PM

This is beyond impressive. I’m totally awed by the craftsmanship here. I wouldn’t know how to begin such a large project.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#12 posted 12-01-2010 06:49 PM

Wonderful table. I like the Sapele Pomele that you used. The pedestal legs look great

Nollie South Africa

-- Nollie Bay City , Tx .

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#13 posted 12-01-2010 06:56 PM

Great looking table! I”d be interested to know how you fastened the 3 pieces together. Some kind of clip obviously?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 12-01-2010 07:29 PM

Again, Thanks to everyone.

Erwin, I drilled and then set 8 dowel pins in the end sections. Then I drilled corresponding holes in the center unit. Then I sanded the exposed dowels so they would slip in and out as required. Then I mounted a “bridge” piece to each end section. This accomplished a couple of things; it protects the exposed dowels from being broken off in transit and when the table sections are fitted together, I screw the other side of the bridge to the center section. I also used two pairs of latches to hold the sections together.

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#15 posted 12-01-2010 07:42 PM

Hi Michael.Long time no hear from you.This is one piece of art.Very good looking combination of woods.It’s realy huge.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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