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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 09-22-2013 07:41 PM 1361 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy,

I’m finally finished with my first end-table. Time to complete the finish has been in short demand and it took longer to sand than I would have hoped. That’s ok. We’re pleased with it and it’s now occupying it’s new home.

Martha and grew up seeing the purple skies above the desert mountains at the last moments of twilight. We miss it. Now we are reminded of it when we look down at the table.

All of the light wood is some not so curly maple. Rockler was having a sale on it.
The mountain in the center pattern is the very last of my Peruvian walnut.
The sky is the last of my purple heart.
The border on top is the most warped piece of sapel I have ever seen. I suppose it added 5 hours to the project.
The center border on the sides is African mahogany.

I created a little blog that talks a bit about my battles. It’s even going forward to the final build on the last of 3 tables. I’ve got to admit that I was planning to have 5 stripes on the legs and sides. I was also going to add a drawer but that went out the window when I started to look at the final dimensions of the drawer. Too small!

Finish is:
1 coat 50/50 tung oil/ mineral spirits
2 coats tung oil
3 coats general finishes de-waxed shellac. sanded with 320 in-between coats.

I learn something new from you all everyday. When I’m not learning, I’m being encouraged or both. LJ’s are awesome!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!





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CarverShavings

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#1 posted 09-22-2013 07:47 PM

Incredible work. Great design. Awesome finish. Ya done Good.

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majuvla

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#2 posted 09-22-2013 07:48 PM

Amaizing work, totaly unreal!It realy tooks time and effort to make such work of art.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-22-2013 07:53 PM

WOW, you got ‘er done! That is just beautiful, Mark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is Tung oil clear?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 09-22-2013 07:58 PM

Nice COOL journey!

COOL job!

Lots of work…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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MarkTheFiddler

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#5 posted 09-22-2013 08:02 PM

Thank you so much, Carver, Ivan and Jim.

Jim – no sir. Tung oil isn’t clear at all. In fact it usually darkens the wood a little. For instance, the Peruvian walnut turned really dark with the tung oil. But it is oil and the de-waxed shellac bonds with it well. It may have something to do with the translucent look it achieved. Your guess is better than mine.

I confess that I expected the maple to go much darker – but it didn’t happen.

Someone might jump in and explain to us.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#6 posted 09-22-2013 08:02 PM

Hey Joe! Thank you sir!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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cajunpen

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 08:10 PM

Mark, this table shows that the maker is a True Craftsman! The wood combinations all work so well together and the finish is spot on. Well done Sir!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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nonickswood

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 08:15 PM

Well done Mark it turned out Beautifully! now we need to see the whole set together.
Nice!!

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

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MarkTheFiddler

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#9 posted 09-22-2013 08:16 PM

Bill, I just took a look at your masterpieces. I’m humbled sir. Thank you for the high compliments.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#10 posted 09-22-2013 08:17 PM

Howdy Nick. 1 to go. I’m having more fun with that one than the rest. Yee – Haa!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MShort

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#11 posted 09-22-2013 11:10 PM

Cool design work on this table. I like it !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 09-23-2013 12:23 AM

Mark, It was well worth the struggle and frustration as it turned out beautifully! That is a very unique table that has some real meaning to you and your wife (the best kind of project).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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MarkTheFiddler

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#13 posted 09-23-2013 01:00 AM

Mike,
Thank you very much. Btw – I’m a fan of your turnings and carvings.

Andy,
Your comment means a lot. The student always takes heart from the praise of a master.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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GrandpaLen

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#14 posted 09-23-2013 02:12 AM

...well, it is as Beautiful as a Desert Sunset.

Sanding dust, butt-hole deep to a tall indian and fingers sanded down to nubs, you acheived a very nice Fit and Finish.

You’ve done yourself proud, ...again.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 09-23-2013 02:13 AM

Mark, A master I’m not! I could never have built that great table.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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