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Project by Abe Low posted 12-22-2007 09:07 AM 2045 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend wanted to donate a special item to his Synagogue. – A chair or stand upon which the Torah would be held during services when not in the Ark. The design for this item is my own. It is based on the Jewish Star of David and picks up on the six sided chandeliers in the Synagogue. It is constructed entirely of solid cherry. The points of the stars are joined with number 20 biscuits. The “V’s” that make the points are joined with half lap joints. The legs are joined with dowels for the three short legs. The longer legs that extend to the top of the curved back are dadoed into the three points of the star. Finish is with several coats of dark orange shelac protected witih spar varnish.
Sorry but I didn’t take any pictures of it during construction.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA





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cajunpen

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#1 posted 12-22-2007 10:59 AM

Abe, your piece is beautiful. It looks like a very complicated project, with all the angles. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 12-22-2007 11:29 AM

I agree with Bill. beautiful and complex.
The design is amazing.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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rikkor

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#3 posted 12-22-2007 12:14 PM

That is stunning. Very nice work, sir.

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snowdog

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#4 posted 12-22-2007 01:01 PM

It looks great, I bet that was a lot of work.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Colin

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#5 posted 12-22-2007 01:19 PM

Stunning work, very intricate and very precise

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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rpmurphy509

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#6 posted 12-22-2007 02:56 PM

Very unique design. And agree with the others, beautiful and the degree of difficulty
is inspiring.

-- Still learning everything

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lobbster

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#7 posted 12-22-2007 03:43 PM

What a very lovely piece. And so worthy of holding such an important document. There is much to be said about good design and I think you nailed it (or biscuited it).

-- lobbster, Oregon, www.michaellobby.com

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miles125

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#8 posted 12-22-2007 04:34 PM

Very handsome chair…great job.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Gary

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#9 posted 12-22-2007 04:46 PM

That’s a wonderful piece—well designed, well executed, and beautiful looking.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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Karson

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#10 posted 12-22-2007 05:02 PM

A great piece of furniture. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 12-22-2007 06:18 PM

Beautiful piece. Hope your holidays were wonderful.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Betsy

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#12 posted 12-22-2007 08:30 PM

Wow. I think it is worth of the Holy treasure it will hold. You did a great job.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Abe Low

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#13 posted 12-23-2007 04:21 AM

Thanks for all the great kudos. Although no one asked, I try to keep track of the time on a project so I can learn to estimate better. This project took 35 hours. So far, I have learned to break every project down to it’s smallest parts, then estimating each part, adding up all the small estimates, then apply an adjustment multiplier of 1.5 to 2.0, depending on the degree of uniqueness.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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dennis mitchell

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#14 posted 12-30-2007 06:43 PM

That is some interesting design work! Very creative.

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mot

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#15 posted 12-31-2007 12:12 AM

Beautiful detail.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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