Makore, wenge and maple table

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Project by Ellen posted 1216 days ago 2497 views 7 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commission for some friends who wanted a 52 inch square kitchen table. The top and sides are all solid wood, no veneering here. The top is about 1.75 inches thick, but with my knack for carving, I rounded the sides so as you sit at the table and put your hand on the bottom, it is super smooth and nice. The center is Makore, an African modeled cherry, that is very dense and the fumes and sawdust it throws in the air is really bothersome. The Festool sanding and sawing really helped!

If we had had a riving knife on the table saw, that would have helped too! First time that wood STOPPED our delta table saw, very scary.

We used the Festool domino joinery to attach the maple and wenge to the center of the table. This was key to making sure the miters stay together forever.

I hope you like the way it turned out. I am very happy with this one.

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 1216 days ago

That is a stunning table, Ellen. Congratulations on a fine build!


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#2 posted 1216 days ago


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 1216 days ago

Great looking table! Well done.

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

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#4 posted 1216 days ago

Looks amazing,the craftsmanship is beautiful along with the stunning solid wood ! Great job.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 1215 days ago

Ellen I really like the wood combination on this piece. Outstanding work…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 1215 days ago

That is beautiful Ellen! Your work is amazing.

-- Janice

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#8 posted 1215 days ago

Excellence and elegance to a T !
Just beautiful Ellen, that Makore is just fantastic and your craftswomanship is superb!
Thanks for posting and if you have any scraps of the Makore left and just don’t know what to do with them…................. well, you can send them my way !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 1215 days ago

You should be very happy with it, outstanding! A stopped saw is really scary, bandsawing it down first might be a good idea because Makore likes to move so much.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#10 posted 1215 days ago

Absolutely beautiful.
Go Ellen. You got skills.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 1215 days ago

Stunning, absolutely stunning! The maple looks like gold trim. The color contrast between woods is perfect. I have never worked with makore, but I know the table saw feeling when I used Jatoba for a end grain cutting board. I was wondering if you had a problem with your blades dulling faster working with makore due to the high silica content.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#12 posted 1215 days ago

Very beautiful!! Big project, good job!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#13 posted 1215 days ago

wow, what fantastic grain. very very nice table project. just awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 1215 days ago

The biggest issue we had with the makore, not that it was making our blades dull, but was closing in behind the saw blade thus causing the binding that stopped the blade. Our Delta table saw does not have a riving knife, so we started putting in a shim of bubinga to stop this from happening. Once we got a square side, we did rough the other side with the bandsaw closely then ripped the balance with the table saw.

We also used scrapers to get the top grain to really pop. A hand scraper is definitely my friend!

As usual, thanks for the feedback. I always love to hear from my fellow woodworkers.

-- Ellen --

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#15 posted 1215 days ago

Just beautiful!

-- Chuck

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