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Project by Bill H. posted 351 days ago 1646 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First project post, first real furniture project attempted. Used birdseye maple veneer over an mdf core using hot hide glue and a veneering hammer. White oak stained with a dark cherry stain, top frame was quartersawn, legs were laminated. Many lessons learned (probably would not pre-stain again, would make sure the core and frame pieces are exactly the same thickness, etc.) but overall it turned out pretty well and the wife loves it.

-- If you can not explain it simply then you don't understand it well enough.





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OakHill

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#1 posted 351 days ago

Very, very nice work! Looking forward to see your next project. Keep it up.

-- John, Illinois, http://OakHillWoodCreations.com

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Scott Shea

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#2 posted 351 days ago

Looks beautiful! Great job!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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Notsquare

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#3 posted 351 days ago

Wow!! So nice!

-- "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind"

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Hybridwoodwork

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#4 posted 351 days ago

I like it! Nice design and color contrast. How difficult was the veneering?

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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aussiedave

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#5 posted 351 days ago

Wow…that is so good Bill. Awesome looking table…great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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489tad

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#6 posted 351 days ago

For a “first real furniture project” you are way above the curve. Wonderful job and you made your wife happy.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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HillbillyShooter

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#7 posted 351 days ago

Very attractive table, with great grain display and contrast! I’m sure your wife is happy and you’ve displayed admirable intelligence in keeping SWMBO happy. ;-)

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Gary

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#8 posted 350 days ago

That’s a beautiful table. Well done

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Bill H.

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#9 posted 350 days ago

Thanks everyone, I must admit there were several times during this project I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew.

Hybridwoodwork, the veneering was not real difficult but messy, also since I had large pieces of veneer I had to work quickly. Like anything it was a learning process, I started with the smaller pieces and since you need veneer on both sides of each piece, I always had a second chance. The biggest issues were bubbling and splitting at edges and corners, I made each piece oversized and cut to final dimension when dry. This process leaves quite a bit of glue left on the surface and it is challenging getting it cleaned up, although if you miss a bit it doesn’t seem to mess with the color or finish.

-- If you can not explain it simply then you don't understand it well enough.

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shipwright

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#10 posted 350 days ago

Very nice table Bill, especially for a first piece. I’m a real fan of hot hide glue and hammer veneering and I can tell you it does get easier ….... and less messy. One thing I might warn you about though is that HHG loses one of its big advantages when you use MDF as a substrate. Reversal becomes virtually impossible because the MDF will start to disintegrate from the heat and water. ........ Don’t ask me how I know that. :-)

All that aside, this will be a nice addition to your home and if momma’s happy, everybody’s happy so it’s a double win.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Woodenwizard

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#11 posted 350 days ago

Great table Bill. Glad to see you venture out and try new things. This being you first furniture project, you obviously have some pre-existing skill.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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Bill H.

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#12 posted 350 days ago

I have a sketchup file of this project if anyone is interested.

-- If you can not explain it simply then you don't understand it well enough.

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dpow

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#13 posted 350 days ago

Nice looking table Bill. The contrasting woods look good.Any accent pieces in the works.

-- Doug

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David Dean

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#14 posted 350 days ago

nice work

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Hammerthumb

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#15 posted 350 days ago

I like it. Great first projct!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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