Fun with veneers

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Project by sscartozzi posted 349 days ago 2153 views 30 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 349 days ago

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

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#2 posted 349 days ago

Beautiful work Steve and a belated welcome to LumberJocks!

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#3 posted 349 days ago

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

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#4 posted 349 days ago

Much respect, that is talent.

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#5 posted 349 days ago

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

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#6 posted 349 days ago

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

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#7 posted 349 days ago

You are an artist. Beautiful piece.

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#8 posted 349 days ago

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 349 days ago

Fantastic piece and masterfully done,Just plain WOW.

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#10 posted 349 days ago

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 349 days ago

Very nice.

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#12 posted 349 days ago

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

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#14 posted 349 days ago

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 349 days ago

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.

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