The table that would not break me...

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Project by 404 - Not Found posted 11-05-2011 09:19 PM 2263 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am fortunate to have a client who trusts my judgement in matters of woodworking. The brief for this project was “I’ve just bought a 160 year old house and I don’t want to fill it with modern furniture”. So I had pretty much free reign to design this piece which obviously leans heavily on the past.
It wasn’t that difficult to make but a lot of things went not quite how they should have along the way. This job represents a few significant firsts for me, first bit of turning since school (25 years ago), first veneered project, first use of inlays, first rubbed out finish – a BIG thank you to Randy for giving up his time to give me insightful and spot on advice for the rubbing procedure.
On the plus side though, there were a lot of lessons learned along the way. If I’m ever asked to make a similar table, I’ll do it in half the time.
Walnut/walnut burl inlay with walnut sapwood strings.
72×40” closed, 96×40 extended,

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#1 posted 11-05-2011 09:26 PM

Looks Great! Wow!

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#2 posted 11-05-2011 09:31 PM

I am sure the client was happy.

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#3 posted 11-05-2011 09:35 PM

Nice finish on the top. You can see the light reflected so you know that it is smooth. Great job.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#4 posted 11-05-2011 09:49 PM

A beautiful heirloom quality project!

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#5 posted 11-05-2011 09:51 PM

Glad to help..Call me looks awesome!! a job well done..


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#6 posted 11-05-2011 11:29 PM

Wow! Stunning piece and workmanship. How many hours do you have in it?

-- Mike Sparks - Dear God, Please help me to become the person my dog thinks I am.

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#7 posted 11-06-2011 02:01 AM

As long as the client was happy and you were well paid, that’s all that matters! Oh, and that you created a masterwork that a king could eat at. :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#8 posted 11-06-2011 02:59 AM

“The table that would not break me…” I know it’s a dramatic title for a project, but I had plenty of drama with it along the way.
I don’t know how many hours I spent on this. A LOT of things went wrong – the worst thing was wet rubbing through the finish on the inlay during my first attempt at a rubbed out finish. That wrecked a section of the inlay that I had to take out and redo and meant a total respray for the whole top.
The dumbest thing I did was rest a Marples Chisel (the yellow and red handled one) on a rag on top of the table. The rag had either white spirit or thinners on it and the red from the handle bled into the lacquer over the weekend. Another respray.
Anyway, I got there in the end, my tiny workshop is freed up again and my client loves his new table and has since sent me images of a bookcase and a sideboard he wants making, all the pain was ultimately worth it – and hopefully those jobs will keep me busy until (and pay for) Christmas.

Thanks for all your comments.

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#9 posted 11-11-2011 06:19 AM

Mistakes are learning experiences, while frustrating, we make our way through them.
This is a great looking table!
You should be very proud of your work.
When it is all said and done, it is not what others say about your work, but how you feel about it.

-- Keith - Iowa

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