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Asian-Inspired Hall Table w/ Inlay

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Project by thewoodwhisperer posted 01-24-2007 05:34 PM 7220 views 19 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woods used: Jatoba, Wenge, Figured Maple, steel dowels, and numerous woods for decorative inlay.
Finish: wiping varnish over shellac sealer coat.

This Contemporary Asian-Inspired Hall Table was constructed with Japanese architecture in mind. The figured maple top sits proud of its frame and is surrounded by wenge trim. A floral inlay adorns the top of the piece as well. The drawer front is cut from the front apron and also sits proud of the surface. The drawer front features a hand-carved pull which is attached with two steel dowels. Perhaps the most outspoken feature of the table is the compound-curved legs that gracefully slope away from the table.

This table was originally designed for a class I taught at a woodworking school, so I wanted to include numerous fine woodworking techniques that would challenge the students: veneering, bandsawing/hand-sculpting compound curved legs, splined miters, mortise and tenon joinery, and cutting a drawer front from a table apron for grain continuity, just to name a few.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com





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cabinetman

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#1 posted 01-24-2007 05:47 PM

Marc

Nice table. done well. I like the dowels and rabbet detail on the drawer.

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Obi

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#2 posted 01-24-2007 06:06 PM

Well, it looks as though the bar has been raised.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 01-24-2007 06:30 PM

Beautiful, you can not only teach it, but you can do it. ”Your the Man”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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bigpops0259

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#4 posted 01-24-2007 08:46 PM

NICE PIECE . GREAT WORK

-- Marty Ohio

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 01-24-2007 10:05 PM

again, “art” !!!
beautiful, beautiful, art

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

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scottb

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#6 posted 01-25-2007 03:38 AM

Niiiiiiice!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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darryl

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#7 posted 01-25-2007 05:48 AM

Marc (that’s with a “C”) I like the dowel joinery used in the drawer. With so much attention made to dovetail joints these days, I’m curious to what brought the decision to using this method.

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Obi

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#8 posted 01-25-2007 06:15 AM

So where do you get all this exotic wood from? It isn’t fair to the rest of us, when we’re stuck with Oak, maple and Walnut.

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thewoodwhisperer

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#9 posted 01-25-2007 06:16 AM

Well, Darryl with a “D”, you basically just pointed out the exact reason. I used metal dowels simply because there is such a strong focus on dovetails. I, for one, believe that dovetails are a bit over-done. There are so many ways to construct a drawer that is sufficiently strong for their purpose and will look just as interesting as a set of dovetails. My drawer is just one example.

The way I see it, a Ferrari is a really cool car and quite a status symbol, right? But what happens if everyone all of a sudden has a Ferrari? I see dovetails in the same way. Dovetails look good and can be challenging. But when everyone makes them, they sort of lose their appeal. With a few exceptions, if you’ve seen one dovetail, you’ve seen ‘em all.

So instead of trying to come up with ways to make new and crazy dovetails, I like to come up with ways to make beautiful and strong joints that are also unconventional.

Marc

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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thewoodwhisperer

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#10 posted 01-25-2007 06:17 AM

Well, lets see….Woodworker’s Source and Chandler Hardwoods. Who knew such beautiful exotics were available in the desert. :)

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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scottb

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#11 posted 01-25-2007 06:29 AM

Appropriate choice of joinery then, particularly with this asian inspired table – as they pull off mixing old and modern elements so well.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Don

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#12 posted 01-25-2007 08:14 AM

This is serious woodworking, Marc. thanks for sharing it with us.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 01-25-2007 01:52 PM

The dowel joinery looks real nice.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Blake

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#14 posted 02-16-2008 07:33 PM

I would still drive a Ferrari if I could. But this is beautiful, and I like the joinery in the drawer. I also really like the “flair” of the legs. Gorgeous.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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rikkor

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#15 posted 02-17-2008 12:14 PM

I am glad this came out of the archives. Great workmanship on an inspired design, Marc.

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