Walnut and Cerajiera Crotch Dining Room Set

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Project by Jeff Tobert posted 689 days ago 72549 views 12 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I took a long time to finish this project, but it is finally done. This project was my very first foray into the world of veneering. I finally broke down and bought a vacuum press, and my first time veneering was a 5 foot by five foot piece of baltic birch! Not exactly easing myself in, but it was a fun challenge. The base is solid walnut and the table is 66 inches in diameter. I made 6 dining room chairs even though four are pictured. The table can comfortably seat eight adults. There were many woodworking challenges on this project but the curved circular solid wood apron was the toughest, I’d have to say. I got the inspiration for the project from a picture of a similar table made by Paul Downs.
Hope you like it and all feedback, comments and critiques are welcome!

-- All in or give in.

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#1 posted 689 days ago

Wow! Wooden chairs and a shiny elegant table! A must have set

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 689 days ago

Wow, that is a remarkable piece of work. The tabletop is great looking with the veneer, the detail of the table base is outstanding as are the chairs. Great craftsmanship.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 689 days ago

Now that is a stunningly beautiful piece.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#4 posted 689 days ago

alll i can say is wowzers…...that is a fantastic job and for your experience level with veneer , you did an incredible job, i love it, im a huge fan of walnut and to have this in my dinning room would be a certain joy…congrats on a job very well done…i love it…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 689 days ago

Beautiful piece. I’m very impressed as I’m sure all that have the privilege of seeing it in person will be. Thanks for sharing.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#6 posted 689 days ago

That top is one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 689 days ago

Amazing, stunning looking piece of furniture!! Great job!

-- Ben from IL

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#8 posted 689 days ago

Great first veneering job Jeff. Be careful it can really be addictive.
Veneering aside, this is a lovely set.
Congrats on a really nice bit of work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#9 posted 689 days ago

That’s a very nice set.

It looks amazing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 689 days ago

Very beautiful. About my only comment could be wow!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#11 posted 689 days ago

Stunning set. Here’s my question….why didn’t you take a close-up pic of the top of the table?
We are all waiting to drool over it!

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#12 posted 689 days ago

That is outstanding! Very well done!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#13 posted 689 days ago

The craftsmanship in the table base/legs and chairs is awesome. The veneered top is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen. I too would love a full on pic of that tabletop. You did an amazing job on the whole set!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Jeff Tobert

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#14 posted 689 days ago

Thanks for the kind words everyone. I’ll try to get a closeup of the top surface shortly.

-- All in or give in.

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#15 posted 689 days ago

An impressive set !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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