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Project by BArnold posted 05-27-2013 02:25 PM 2634 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The title of this piece is drawn from its resemblance to a compass with its four major radials. It is rendered in claro walnut with wenge accents. The top panel is wenge, tiger maple and bubinga veneers arranged such that they give a three-dimensional effect. I made an effort to match the grain of the wood throughout and seems especially striking on the gently tapered octagonal column. I did an eight-piece match on the column by re-sawing a piece of 8/4 claro to get a book matched set, then ripped each piece into four segments.

Careful attention to the grain continues in the book-matched feet that include a wenge inlay for emphasis.
Medallions are placed at the cardinal points around the apron. Notice how the grain matching continues on the claro walnut apron. Wenge is used to frame the bottom of the apron and is shaped into a bead. The curved apron is a bentwood lamination consisting of claro walnut on the outer and inner faces with five layers of poplar in the middle.

I exhibited this table at the 2005 Wood Works Events show in Tampa. It won A First Place ribbon and Best of Show. A few months later, I entered it in the 2006 Florida State Fair Fine Furniture Exhibit and got First Place in the table division.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA





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#1 posted 05-27-2013 02:35 PM

Excellent table Bill.very nice work.

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 02:41 PM

Exceptional!!
Beautiful Workmanship—no wonder it took First-place.

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 02:42 PM

This is absolutely beautiful, Bill. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#4 posted 05-27-2013 03:15 PM

Very nice table. Great job.

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#5 posted 05-27-2013 03:56 PM

Gorgeous table. Very nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 05-27-2013 04:31 PM

Looks great!

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#7 posted 05-27-2013 04:35 PM

Remarkable. Great craftsmanship & choice of woods.

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#8 posted 05-27-2013 04:39 PM

Incredable, exceptional work, this is truely fine craftmanship. Thank you for shairing. These kinds of projects are indeed a pleasure to view. Wish I could see it in person.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#9 posted 05-27-2013 06:34 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship Bill; inspires me to aim higher in my own wood working goals. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#10 posted 05-27-2013 09:56 PM

That is a real nice piece of work, well done
Pete

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#11 posted 05-28-2013 12:00 AM

that is a great looking table. The veneer work is outstanding and the craftsmanship looks flawless. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 05-28-2013 12:01 AM

that is a great looking table. The veneer work is outstanding and the craftsmanship looks flawless. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 05-28-2013 03:39 AM

Beautiful! Welcome to the site! You’ll fit in well here!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#14 posted 05-28-2013 05:14 AM

WOW! Great job.

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#15 posted 05-28-2013 12:10 PM

Thanks for your comments, everyone. I’ve been enjoying a lot of the work of other folks on here. Glad you like what I’ve posted so far.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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