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Project by BArnold posted 328 days ago 1120 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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a1Jim

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#1 posted 328 days ago

Excellent table Bill.very nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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nonickswood

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#2 posted 328 days ago

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

-- Nick, Virginia, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NONICKSWOOD

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 328 days ago

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

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 328 days ago

Very nice table. Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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SnowyRiver

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#5 posted 328 days ago

Gorgeous table. Very nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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deon

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#6 posted 328 days ago

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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dpwalker

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#7 posted 328 days ago

Remarkable. Great craftsmanship & choice of woods.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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grumpy749

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#8 posted 328 days ago

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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Steve Cherry

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#9 posted 328 days ago

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

-- Steve - Seaford, DE

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peteg

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#10 posted 328 days ago

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

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Woodbridge

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#11 posted 327 days ago

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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Woodbridge

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#12 posted 327 days ago

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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MrFid

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#13 posted 327 days ago

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

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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hoss12992

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#14 posted 327 days ago

WOW! Great job.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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BArnold

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#15 posted 327 days ago

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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