Pomelle Imbuya veneer/wenge/copper side table

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Project by Konquest posted 11-28-2011 05:58 AM 4280 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Where to start? My wife wanted to have smaller tables in the living room and she has a pretty eccentric sense of style when it comes to furniture. So I decided to go “all in” and try out some new things, namely veneering and metal patinas. We found a similar “floating” table design online so I decided to upgrade it a little with beautiful pomelle Imbuya veneer from The “boxes” are 1/2” MDF torsion boxes and after veneering them, I inlayed a solid wenge edging and chamfered all around with a block plane for durability. The wood components are finished with 6 coats of semigloss Arm-R-Seal and the copper is finished with satin spray lacquer. The levels of boxes are held together with 3/4” copper supply pipe that I chemically patinated with the “light green” liquid from There are four copper feet in between the boxes, seated into precisely drilled holes with 2-part epoxy. The response I got from this table from family and friends has prompted me to build another, this time with Avodire crotch veneer with Chakte Viga edging, and a red rust patina on the copper supports. Any questions, fire away!

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 06:36 AM

Great visual effect on the floating tables, but could you also share some photos showing how they are made?

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#2 posted 11-28-2011 02:15 PM

Nice job, beautiful veneer and finish.

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#3 posted 11-28-2011 05:03 PM

Very cool table!!

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#4 posted 11-29-2011 01:31 AM

I have steered clear of veneers. This makes me change my thinking. I know just the individual that will love this kind of table. Thank you for the inspiration.

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#5 posted 11-29-2011 04:16 AM

@MMH: The boxes are held together with lengths of 3/4” copper pipe, patina’ed and lacquered. I masked the area with blue tape and used a quality 7/8” Forstner bit to make a 3/8” deep flat-bottomed hole for the pipes, and seated them with two-part epoxy. I assembled it on my pool table, which is dead-flat.

@Manasseh: For years I avoided veneers with the exception of veneered plywoods in larger cabinets and case pieces. Quality veneer from a good supplier is thicker than you’d imagine. I did the research and compensated for my lack of a vacuum press with triple-stacked MDF cauls, thin cardboard and wax paper and lots of clamps. And I used the titebond cold-press glue. THey are NOT perfect by any means, but for a first project with veneer in mind, I found it surprisingly easy to do. Doing the solid wood edging is a bit labor intensive but adds a lot of piece of mind, as well.

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