Second lily table/first commission

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Project by tinnman65 posted 12-13-2010 02:52 AM 2708 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months back I posted a lily table that I did for an art show with a lily theme at the local pottery shop. From that show I got my first commission and this is the results from that work. She liked the calla lilies from the first table but wanted a table made from oak or ash to match the furniture they already have. I made an initial sketch and met with her and after some changes this is the design I came up with. The eight leg design I must admit was not my idea but came from showing her a picture of a table made by California woodworker John Lavine. The top and bottom shelf are made with curly ash veneer banded with cherry, all the rest is oak.The three butterflies represent the three sisters in the family and the caterpillar is the brother ,a little family humor. I was a little unsure about the drawers because of the deep reach under the top but she wanted them and they really are not as bad as I thought. It was a great learning experience both in the table construction and working with someone else in designing a project but if all my future clients are as easy going I will be really happy! Thanks for looking.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#1 posted 12-13-2010 03:22 AM

Very nice.

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#2 posted 12-13-2010 03:51 AM

Certainly a unique piece, especially with the additional legs… looks like you could hold a dance party on top of it, or plop something very heavy down on it.

Certainly nice work on the inlay and I like the story behind it. We wouldn’t have been the wiser if you wouldn’t have told us the meaning behind it.

Congratulations on your first commission!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 12-13-2010 04:32 AM

Beautiful. I love the top
the legs I didn’t notice at first but they add something too.
This is one very personal and unique piece I hope you are proud of what has come of it all.

-- Theresa,

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#4 posted 12-13-2010 04:41 AM

That is a beauty!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 12-13-2010 04:44 AM


Congratulations on your first commission! Nice work!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 12-13-2010 04:55 AM

The design and inlays are awesome! Very nice workmanship.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#7 posted 12-13-2010 05:32 AM


I like your choice of woods, iI like the design—the eight legs work, i respect your craftsmanship, but I freakin’ LOVE the inlays!! You have to tell us what you used for material, and how you did it. This stuff os great. If this is your first commission, you will get many more. Congratulations.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#8 posted 12-13-2010 05:39 AM

Great looking table. From the proportions to the choice of wood(s), you’ve done a great job. The inlays must have been time consuming. You should be proud. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#9 posted 12-13-2010 05:40 AM

Very nice. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 12-13-2010 11:12 AM

Hi Paul;

You know, for a tin knocker, you do really nice woodworking. LOL

Great looking project, and excellent workmanship.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 12-13-2010 12:37 PM

Beautiful design and execution Paul. Stunning piece of woodworking.

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

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#12 posted 12-13-2010 04:31 PM

What a great table all the wat around. From the legs, inlay and color. One to be proud of!

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

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#13 posted 12-13-2010 04:57 PM

Congratulations on your first commission! By evidence of that table, your word-of-mouth recommendations should sky rocket. Very nicely done.


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#14 posted 12-13-2010 05:44 PM


-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#15 posted 12-13-2010 06:14 PM

Beautiful Table & Marquetry! Super Craftsmanship.

-- Dennis Zongker

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