Seven Cherry conference tables.

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Project by Arthouse posted 02-12-2012 10:19 PM 1761 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given a layout of a conference room with seven octagonal tables to form a oval to bid on. I saw that it would take thirty two legs with angled tops. I suggested another lay out using a tressel style and two small tables to be put in a variety of diffrent ways . The Engineering firm loved it gave me half down and I began . A selling point was the conversion varnish a sturdy finish for commercial tops that don’t scratch and don’t leave wet rings . I also installed a data bank in the middle of each table with a internet cable called a daisy chain linking each table to link all computers for meetings or video conferencing. I started with a pile of 8/4 cherry , I used cherry because I like it was cheap at he time and I could match all the doors in the firm with the same stain. Since my experience is millwork I set up a mini manufacturing selecting all the best boards for color and widths for the tops to be glued up . The fall off cherry shorts were to become the tressel legs and the footing pieces for later glue up. After gathering all my pieces which took over two weeks I started my final cutting, mortising and started finishing all the parts before assembling. It is important to note finishing is so much easier when all the parts are not assembled . I used a Old masters oil based stain but added six more parts of color to get my rich cherry color. I finalized the last coat of conversion varnish on the tops and assembled all tables together. Furniture making is unique because you can work for months to gather all your parts then it takes only twenty minutes to put the piece together. I felt very impulsive to assemble during the process but always took a deep breath and said one day it will be done. I finished and delivered to a rousing crowd of anxious engineers . They were so happy I got my final check that day which is a good sign you did a good job. I have been commisioned again from them so the professional relationship endures when the job is done right. I have also been called by other people have seen the tables .This is the journey of a woodworker word of mouth referals and reputation are money in the bank. A good eye for design will also give you a niche. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 02-12-2012 11:02 PM

Walnut is my favorite, bur cherry would be a close second.I am impressed with the finish, I agree finish all you can before assembly. Not heard of Old Masters before but with less than 3 years of woodworking there is a lot I have not heard of.

-- We are all one decision away from stupid.

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#2 posted 02-12-2012 11:16 PM

You sure did an excellent job with these tables. The finish looks great and it looks like they can be set up in many different ways. The data bit was a great idea too. I hope you were well paid for this job.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 01:06 AM

Looks great. I’m sure those engineers have lots of connections that will keep you busy. Congrats.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 01:30 AM

Very cool tables.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 02:22 AM

Great job. Looks like a lot of time went into it.

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 03:44 AM

Impressive project! Lots of parts there. The finish looks great.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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