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Project by Div posted 04-11-2011 11:12 PM 2725 views 17 times favorited 61 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A hall table/occasional writing desk in African mahogany and spalted Cape Holly.

1420L x 560D x 835H

I promised to post some photos of my accepted entries for the “Out of the wood” exhibition here in the Southern Cape, South Africa. This table is the most conservative in design of all my pieces on display and it didn’t come as a surprise to me that it was the first to sell.

Cape Holly (Ilex mitis) is indigenous to Africa and occurs from the Cape Peninsula along the southern and eastern coast of SA, northwards through Zimbabwe and tropical Africa, all the way to Ethiopia. I had bought a large log of Holly and it lay in my yard for nearly a year before I came to mill it. Imagine my delight when I took the first cuts and saw these wonderful patterns for the first time! I ended up milling most of this log into 6mm (1/4”) veneers.

The curved side rails were laminated from mahogany strips whilst I made my own plywood for the panel; 2 layers of African mahogany with an outer skin of Holly. The curved front and back stretchers were also laminated from African mahogany.

Please feel free to give honest critique. I learn a lot from it. If you don’t like it, say it and say why. Some of you will know by now that I have a thick skin! :^)

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."





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drewnahant

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 11:16 PM

Sorry, but I cannot criticise this one,that is awesome. I love it. How’s the leg clearance with that arch?

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Div

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 11:18 PM

Thanks Drew. Worked it so there is enough leg clearance, if you sit in the middle!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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daltxguy

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#3 posted 04-11-2011 11:21 PM

Well, I like it. Working with curves is not easy, so I admire the work which has gone into it. I think it is a nice modern design and you’ve made the best of the spalted holly.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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chewbuddy13

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#4 posted 04-11-2011 11:23 PM

That is one badass table

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degoose

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#5 posted 04-11-2011 11:25 PM

I too have no critique to give… looks great as it is… very pleasing to the eye.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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patron

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#6 posted 04-11-2011 11:28 PM

oh well
another fine piece from div
this is typical of your work

elegant
finely crafted
balanced
thought provoking
beautifully finished

in an exhibit of your work with one piece of furniture
i would pick this one as yours

in a gallery
by the little tags
with your name on them

very nice work div
so happy for you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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BarbS

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#7 posted 04-11-2011 11:36 PM

Oh wow! What a great success that one is, and it confirms my suspicion that your other ‘reject’ was only left out when viewed in competition with your others. Very beautiful, Div. No surprise at all that it sold first. Congratulations.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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saddletramp

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#8 posted 04-11-2011 11:37 PM

You want an honest critique? Well here it is: That little table is just way toooooooo damn pretty.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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Manasseh

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#9 posted 04-11-2011 11:40 PM

I have two critical statements:

1) I need more pictures. Solution: you have already taken care of that problem.
2) WHY ON EARTH is this not in MY HOUSE!

Seriously a wonderful piece. Maybe someday after I master the art of drawing then cutting a straight line, I will work on curves like this. Really amazing.

Congrats!

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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Div

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#10 posted 04-11-2011 11:40 PM

Daltxguy, glad my buddy down under gives his stamp of approval! Working with curves might not akways be easy, but curves are SO nice, if you know what I mean…;^)

Chewbuddy, badass, yeah! Thanks dude.

Degoose, thanks mate!

Patron, you flatter me sir! Words like that from you I take as a HUGE compliment. Thank you David.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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majeagle1

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#11 posted 04-11-2011 11:46 PM

Sorry Div, just can’t do it…... no way Jose…........not in this lifetime!

As said, just to damn pretty!!!, this is a beautiful piece ( as all of your work ), but the lines, design, and especially that beautiful Holly and total wood combination…....... just a double WOW here !

I agree, I can see why it sold so fast!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Div

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#12 posted 04-11-2011 11:47 PM

Barbs, Thank you ma’am!
Saddletramp, Thank you too. I really like your “handle”...Saddletramp…yeah, way cool, as the kids say!
Manasseh,send your address! Stuff the straight lines, go for the curves man!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Div

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#13 posted 04-11-2011 11:50 PM

majeagle1, repeat 100 times everday: Yes, I can…Yes, I can! “As you think, so shall you be”! I’m getting all philosophical here! Thank you Gene.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 04-11-2011 11:51 PM

That is a Fantastic beautiful elegant wonderfully COOL table!

Super job!

I’d like to see more detailed pics too… maybe a blog… seeing the finer details… techniques…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Div

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#15 posted 04-11-2011 11:55 PM

Joe, I never take enough pictures! Say what, I’m going to the gallery on Thursday, will see if I can get some detail shots….gotta find time for a blog….will work on it! Thanks for your words!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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