Bow-front hall table

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Project by Ottacat posted 09-02-2013 01:47 PM 3292 views 16 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bow-front hall table with the base in cherry and the top a beautiful single piece of birds-eye maple veneer. I banded the top with cherry edging. The project was based on a set of plans by Charles Durfee that were published in FWW.

This was a fun and challenging project for me as I’m still very much a beginner. It was also one of those projects that not only used every tool in my shop, but caused me to go and buy yet another one. In this case the new tool was the vacuum press.

The bow-front was my first attempt at a glue-up lamination. It finally gave me a good chance to exercise my bandsaw. The bowed front needed angled tenons into the legs which were also a first for me. The front of the legs are also shaped to match the curve of the front.

The top is MDF with the birds-eye maple veneer on the top and a regular maple veneer on the bottom.

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#1 posted 09-02-2013 02:04 PM

Very nice!

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#2 posted 09-02-2013 02:09 PM

Exquisite. I’m in awe!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 09-02-2013 02:54 PM

A great piece. You are on your way! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 09-02-2013 03:10 PM

Very very nice ,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 09-02-2013 03:35 PM

Well, if you are a beginner and turn out that piece, I can’t wait until you have some skill. Beautiful.

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#6 posted 09-02-2013 04:04 PM


-- Joel

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#7 posted 09-02-2013 04:29 PM

What a beautiful piece, the birds eye maple is really pretty and cherry always looks great….excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 09-02-2013 05:23 PM

nice work – beautiful table

-- Greg Simon

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#9 posted 09-02-2013 05:48 PM

Great work!

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#10 posted 09-02-2013 05:52 PM

This is a fine looking table and you’ve done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#11 posted 09-02-2013 06:45 PM

Beautiful work…Love the birdseye….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#12 posted 09-02-2013 11:21 PM

Well done, that top is fantastic! That is a good way to determine your next project, if I need to buy a new tool then its a good project to start:)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#13 posted 09-03-2013 12:04 AM

Very nice work. That’s a really nice piece of birdseye maple veneer you found.
You certainly did it proud.
Did you build your own vacuum press or buy one complete?

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

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#14 posted 09-03-2013 12:11 AM

Thanks everyone for all your kind words.

@shipwright – I bought the Excel 5 continuous run kit from Veneering Supplies. It isn’t really a kit as it goes together in about 20 minutes. I chose this one because I could upgrade it later to the Project EVS auto-cycling kit. At my current usage level of maybe a project every month or two I think I’ll be fine with it in its current form.

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#15 posted 09-03-2013 12:52 AM

That is a sweet table and really nice looking finish work. Veneering is one of those things I’ve always been a little intimidated by. Laminating curves is fun work and you did a nice job with that too.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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