Fun with veneers

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Project by sscartozzi posted 08-07-2013 01:28 AM 2649 views 33 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had fun with this piece. I used african mahogany for the solid pieces. I added holly stringing and inlayed some mahogany burl in each leg. Lower shelf is made of two pieces book matched mahogany with inlay. I enjoyed making the sunburst inlays and lower shelf inlay. It was my first experience with sand shading of the veneers. The top substrate was MDF covered top bottom and edges. Top is a 4 way match of crotch mahogany with the banding, sunburst inlays and walnut edging. The top consisted of approximately 80 separate pieces of various veneers I finished the table with Waterlox. It is 21” W x 14” D x 24” H.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#1 posted 08-07-2013 01:31 AM

WOW- Very nice piece of furniture…..........

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 08-07-2013 02:17 AM

Beautiful work Steve and a belated welcome to LumberJocks!

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 02:21 AM

Absolutely stunning !!....You are very talented!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 02:46 AM

Much respect, that is talent.


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#5 posted 08-07-2013 02:52 AM

People like you make me want to just give up!! Amazing work.

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#6 posted 08-07-2013 02:59 AM

OMG that is beautiful. That mahagony is stunning in the way you have showed it off. Great work.

-- Mark in Va

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 03:18 AM

You are an artist. Beautiful piece.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 08-07-2013 03:42 AM

Truly amazing! That inlaying maybe the best I’ve seen. Those sunbursts are out of this world. This is a masterpiece that I think should go in a museum some day

-- Eric

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#9 posted 08-07-2013 03:42 AM

Fantastic piece and masterfully done,Just plain WOW.

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#10 posted 08-07-2013 03:49 AM

Nice job on the sand shading and love the 4 way match on the top. Great piece of furniture that is destined to be a family heirloom. Well Done!

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#11 posted 08-07-2013 03:51 AM

Very nice.

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#12 posted 08-07-2013 04:07 AM

Excellent work the mahogany top is beautiful, the entire piece is terrific.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 08-07-2013 04:39 AM

Hats off to you. That is amazing work. Thank you for sharing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 08-07-2013 04:53 AM

Very nice Steve.
I like it all …. the veneer matches are sweet, the stringing and banding, inlays, all very well done.
Sand shading is an acquired skill and you’re obviously well on the way to acquiring it.
Welcome to LJ’s. I look forward to seeing more of your work. Congrats on a well deserved top three.

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

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