Stained New Zealand Pine Occasional Table

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Project by pr1v4t3Ryan posted 06-17-2011 01:48 PM 1516 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first finished project of the second year of my Furniture design/making course I’m doing at the moment. Basically the challenge was to incorporate a curved element into our personal design, using either steam or laminate bending, I chose laminate bending.

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#1 posted 06-17-2011 02:43 PM

i like it…what stain did you use on it?

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#2 posted 06-17-2011 03:08 PM

It’s a stain from a New Zealand company called Mirrortone, it’s a non grain raising ready fro use spirit based stain, the top and base color is called walnut 6130, and the black colour is Dark Walnut.

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#3 posted 06-17-2011 03:16 PM

Is the bent lamination on the legs also pine? The pine we commonly find in this part of the world doesn’t do very well with bending in any form or other. I like the grain on that wood. Very nice. Also, I would be interested to see a close up of that little inlay. It looks like a dolphin. Is that turquoise that you used? It looks great, but it would still be great work without it. What was the purpose/reason for the inlay? Just curious as to what inspired that little touch.


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#4 posted 06-17-2011 04:03 PM

looks great for pine i’ll tell you that

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#5 posted 06-17-2011 04:40 PM

I like that. I really like the legs…if you can call them that.

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#6 posted 06-17-2011 08:13 PM

The stain really popped the grain of that Pine and the colors compliment each other nicely.

Excellent table design : )

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#7 posted 06-18-2011 01:35 AM

Nice lines and the contrasting color works very well. Nice Job. Sure would be nice to take some time off from work and go to school for this hobby.

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#8 posted 06-18-2011 03:29 AM

Doc….The whole table is made of pine, laminated bent sections included.
You are correct as far as the inlay is concerned, it is a dolphin, it’s not turquoise but a abalone species we get here called Paua, the shell is a manufactured laminate cut to shape, it is 0.3 millimeters(don’t know how many thousands of a inch that would be sorry) so it doesn’t allow for sanding at all, it’s a real hit or miss inlay!. It turned out ok for my first ever inlay on furniture(not the last one that’s for sure!) but next time would rather use a thickness that accommodates for sanding flush with the top!
The whole motivation behind the inlay was to hide a defect that filler didn’t take care of, so my tutor suggested a custom wood marquetry inlay eg a dragonfly, to which I wasn’t interested in, as I thought the blue and purple of the shell would make a nice contrast with the reddish orange top. I am glad I took his advise and inlayed something.

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