Pencil Table

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Project by Les Hastings posted 02-05-2008 06:16 AM 1873 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is supposed to resemble the end of a pencil. Its made out of poplar and then veneered with maple. The triangle in the center of the top is copper. The tip is poplar wrapped with copper. The cone base of the table was staved together and a jig was made to turn it with a router because it was to big to turn it on the lathe we had. Maple veneer was then taped up in a fan pattern and tightbond II glue was used to attach it to the cone.

Tightbond II is my choice for this kind of application but most wood glues will work. Roll a thin layer of glue on both pieces and let dry till it is clear. Then place it where you want it and then use an iron to heat the glue and reactivate it, rolling the veneer down as you go. Kind of old school but it works well once you get the hang of it.

Thanks for looking!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 02-05-2008 07:04 AM

Very cool and inovative!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-05-2008 07:04 AM

Les, if it’s supposed to resemble the end of a pencil – you nailed it. That is one unusual and attractive table. Won’t see one of those everyday.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 02-05-2008 11:21 AM

This is really a nifty table. A lot of innovation.

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#4 posted 02-05-2008 12:14 PM

Very cool table. This is definitely a conversation piece, to say the least! Nice job!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 02-05-2008 01:00 PM

I like it.,

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 02-05-2008 02:26 PM

Hi Les,

That is one unique table.

Thanks for posting.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-05-2008 03:04 PM

very unique. A great conversation piece.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 02-05-2008 03:16 PM

Original design. Perfect execution.

-- Jiri

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#9 posted 02-06-2008 06:49 AM

Great artistic design. I have used the glue method that you described with great success. I usually use Unibond 800 and a vacuum press though.

Really nice work!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Les Hastings

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#10 posted 02-06-2008 06:55 AM

It would be kinda hard to put this cone in a vacuum press, don’t ya think?

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#11 posted 02-12-2008 01:17 AM

That’s a cool project. Nice execution.

-- Chelle

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#12 posted 11-03-2008 05:10 AM

les: lots of cool geometric shapes.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#13 posted 05-20-2009 09:23 PM

very unique i dig it..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 05-21-2009 04:40 AM

Hey Les
Great design and wonderful build.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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