|Project by Simeond||posted 06-12-2012 04:09 AM||2932 views||14 times favorited||15 comments|
This table was a challege from the start. The customer basically said “Here’s my budget, the rest is up to you…” Ideal customer, for sure. But all the more daunting, because you want to produce quality, but the bug to get creative and try new things is overwhelming!!! :-) When all was said and done, I had more “arches” than I had planned and I had to make the marquetry top twice….
Its 42” (w) x90” (l) x30” (h). Quarter-sawn black walnut and tiger maple.
There turned out to be one major design challenge and 1 major construction challenge…
The construction challenge was on the glue-up to attach the veneer marquetry to a 1” MDF substrate. I’ve done large glue-ups before and I have a bunch of well curved cauls for just this purpose:
But when the top came out of the press, it had rippled along every verticle grain line (picture below).
Talk about a low moment. I had spend the better part of 10 hours cutting the marquetry. I had used a double-bevel method, but not with the scroll saw (I personally don’t know how to feed a 4’x8’ sheet of veneer thru a saw). So I bevel-cut the maple “negative space” and then cut the walnut with the opposite bevel. COMPLETELY RUINED!!!
So, that was the kick in the pants I needed to build the vacuum press I’ve been wanting…. (picture below).
Boy, am I glad I had to remake the thing. The first marquetry was fine, but I was going to have to do a fair amount of spot-filling gaps. The second one, I didn’t need to fill a spot. And the top came out as flat as could be. My vacuum press is my new best friend…
Now, the design challenge:
Originally, I just want the single “arche” spanning the trestles. However, because of the slight give to the arch after it was laminated (see photo below), I feared that the legs could get “kicked out.” So, I laminated up the corresponding arch with thru tenons and pins to ensure this couldn’t happen. Nothing like a problem to drive a design solution!
Okay, enough rambling. Honest critique/advice is always appreciated (really – the last time I posted, a read said he “hated” the piece, and then gave some great reasons why – I LIVE for that kind of feedback).
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