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Project by cke posted 05-08-2008 01:09 AM 2447 views 6 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My very first table I created in my woods class for College. I learned a lot….

- Dont stain Maple
- Bent laminations
- Dowel Joinery
- and more

tell me what you think

In some of the photos you might notice at the of the dowell joints I had some difficulty sanding the surface….please dont make fun of me. I know what to do now and would like to make this table again only better.

Thanks for the feedback LJ is a website I’ve been looking for, for a long time.





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darryl

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#1 posted 05-08-2008 01:27 AM

I’m not seeing anything that could cause you to be made fun of.
It’s a great looking table with an elegant design.
can’t wait to see your next one!

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Chris

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#2 posted 05-08-2008 01:28 AM

Christian,

I seriously doubt you will have people make fun of you here. Generally you will find most folks to be encouraging and helpful.

This is a real nice looking piece of work; it has a nice modern airy “feel” to it. Not to mention it’s one more table than I have made…. :)

Also, why the comment on not staining Maple?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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cke

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#3 posted 05-08-2008 01:45 AM

In my personal opinion from what I have seen with my table and others from my class, I dont recommend staining maple. I feel it steals the good qualities of the maple. (Disclaimer: I am pretty new to staining dont take my opinion personal)

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Peter Oxley

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#4 posted 05-08-2008 01:48 AM

This is a beautiful and unusual piece. Well done! Maple has a beautiful and subtle grain pattern that is easily obsucred by stain. I like it natural, too.

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jockmike2

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#5 posted 05-08-2008 01:56 AM

Hey buddy I have a whole kitchen full of unstained maple cupboards and could’nt agree with you more, maple is a beautiful wood w/ or w/o stain I prefer, if anything, a very light stain just to enhance the grain. That table needs no apologizes. It is beautiful, original and stands on its own merit. Keep up the great work, I haven’t made a table that big either. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Betsy

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#6 posted 05-08-2008 02:02 AM

I think the table is quite nice. Honestly though, the only one who really sees your “mistakes” is you. Unless it’s dramatic no one else will notice—- unless you point it out.

Nice job!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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lew

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#7 posted 05-08-2008 02:04 AM

Christian,

Beautiful Table!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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brianinpa

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#8 posted 05-08-2008 02:12 AM

I have to agree with you: “Don’t stain maple.” That is one beautiful table and the way I see it you do not have anything to be ashamed of with your first table. Keep up the great work.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Grumpy

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#9 posted 05-08-2008 02:23 AM

Great design Christian. nicely finished.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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hisparadox

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#10 posted 05-08-2008 02:30 AM

I love the design of it

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Kipster

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#11 posted 05-08-2008 02:32 AM

I think your Table is well designed. Don’t think I could suggest any improvements.

You are off to a great start. So, relax and enjoy your craft.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 05-08-2008 02:56 AM

Christian,

That is a beautiful table and I really like the construction and design. There is nothing but praise that should be said about the table.

Well done.

The only comment I would make is that I have stained maple. I used to be a Minwax Early American addict. I have stained several pieces of maple furniture that I refinished and they came out beautifully. But, for Christmas, I made my mother-in-law a microwave cabinet out of maple and used trans tint dyes on it because (1) Minwax has changed their formulation for the Early American product and (2) I wanted to match her existing cabinetry. The bottom line is I did not like the color and wished I had simply left it with a natural finish. But she was happy with it. So I would agree with you that maple is pretty enough to be left as a natural finish unless you have some compelling reason to try and stain it- realizing, of course, that it will be a challenge to do so.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Roper

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#13 posted 05-08-2008 03:02 AM

nice table christian, for a first one you got it all right. what school are you in ? i just finished my second sem. at red rocks and i love it there.good luck bro.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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Brad_Nailor

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#14 posted 05-08-2008 03:30 AM

I think it looks unusual and very cool! Nice work all around and yes..I have never had much luck getting maple to stain evenly…I think it looks just fine au natural!

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#15 posted 05-08-2008 03:41 AM

I wish that I could be the one bragging that I had built this table ! Great job and don’t mess with Maple !!!(staining it )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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