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Project by Nad posted 02-18-2013 11:32 PM 2146 views 7 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Broad Leaf Sound Splated /heavily figured Maple to seat 14+

48” wide 11’ long 30” tall made from two book matched sets from one Large log
aka the book match on either end of top is the same book match from next mating book match
which makes the base = meaning the grain flows up from the ground across top and back to the ground .

I am very proud to say I work out of “fire wood” still in 20 ’ log lengths if I am lucky!
this a great example there are 44 “dovetail keys all structural top are all Tulip wood , rest are spalted oak/Walnut lignum Vita and Cherry &Figured eastern maple.

All work was done by hand and finished with hand rubber urethane Satin sheen.
186 hours of practical hands on hours evolved -same as all my work the past 6 years I never put pencil to paper once.

Last two photos show what i started with <hope>


-- Nad

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#1 posted 02-18-2013 11:35 PM

Really nice job.

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#2 posted 02-18-2013 11:35 PM

Beautiful work. That wood has an amazing figure. Nice job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 02-19-2013 12:09 AM


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#4 posted 02-19-2013 01:04 AM


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#5 posted 02-19-2013 02:33 AM

You certainly converted that last pic into a beautiful table! Love all the bowties.

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

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#6 posted 02-19-2013 02:44 AM

Love the piece. Beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 02-19-2013 03:20 AM

Very nice work. Beautiful ‘firewood’!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#8 posted 02-19-2013 03:24 AM

That is sweet man.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#9 posted 02-19-2013 03:26 AM

That’s an amazing table.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 02-19-2013 03:46 AM

Beautiful. How many butterflies?

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#11 posted 02-19-2013 04:01 AM

This table is amazing. Where is it going? A house? I love the butterflies.

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#12 posted 02-19-2013 07:46 AM

@ mds2 , not sure about butterflies, but as it says up top there are 44 “Dovetail Keys”
15 tulip wood ones on top , 20 in under side of top, and 9 in one side of 46” wide base.

Funny Chris Wong (Flair Wood Works) had a good line ” nice sliding butterflies you used on that carcass” ;) because I get in decisions over people calling this ancient joinery method “bow ties” or “butter flies” To me the name is Dovetail key,because they are just that !and much more function then form. in my work that is certain.

Thank you very much one of my favorite pieces of the last year.

@ Chuck yes went in a house younger |Doctor and his wife and 3 kids that had just moved to Canada from South Africa


-- Nad

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#13 posted 02-19-2013 07:52 AM

Thank you all for the kind words!
I like the” bowties”- “butter flies” , dovetail key thingys what ever one wishes to call them? too ,
I also believe I have a pretty good knack at laying them out in a functional and eye blessing way after years of practice, and yes they are all cut an chiseled out by hand

-- Nad

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#14 posted 02-19-2013 09:08 AM

Dan pic #6 is the one I like to find, problem is after you buy up
all the yards “firewood” the prices tend to go way up.
That is a great table though, you got the soul into it, nice.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 02-19-2013 09:29 AM

Jamie , I buy whole trees , local trees and over sized figured logs the big mills do not want ,
my main sawyer and I have this joke of how we try to get the trees before the Fire wood guys do.
Then we get the “wood snobs ” of all kinds who come to buy wood from Andys over 300 000 BF stock ,
who tell us what I use is firewood or not even good enough for firewood ;)

Fine buy me I think it gives me some real One off pieces , soul is certainly in it much more then a job , can not wait until it is my hobby!

Thank you Sir

-- Nad

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