my first table

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I have been slowly accumulating tools through various auctions and what not and my girlfriend’s sister was visiting for a while selling some of her aboriginal paintings when I starting asking her all kinds of questions about starting your own business. I told her I was interested in making furniture with solid wood only using a clear finish to show the natural beauty of the wood and she told me to just do it. Don’t worry about the coulda, woulda, shoulda, and just make something and see if you can sell it. Once you make and sell enough people should eventually start asking you to make things for them. There is a big risk when starting your own business full time and there is no way you can possibly know everything or how it will turn out you just simply have to jump in and take the risk. That’s why not everybody does it. The legs are mahogany, the trim black walnut and the center piece ambrosia maple. I do not know anything about inlays or finish so anything you can tell me about that would be greatly appreciated but I painted the designs with acrylic and used 9 coats of varathane for the finish.

-- Ed,Red Lake, Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 04-03-2007 11:48 AM

this is wonderful. I love the buffalo (?) outlines on the edges.
I’ll leave the technical support to other LJ

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-03-2007 02:46 PM

I like it, I hate paint, but this was done in very good taste… maybe after you paint it on, you could use a carver’s knife or chisel (or both?) to remove the painted part?

I’ve recently decided to stay away from Anita Furniture… i.e. Anita Dresser, Anita Table, Anita Something, that I don’t own because I:
1) am too cheap to spend good money on Quality
2) am too broke to be able to buy cheap particle board furniture from Wal-Mart.
3) don’t really want to pay you what you’re worth, and hope I can get a beautiful piece of furniture, hand-crafted for next to nothing.

Ed, you are an artist. Just like someone who is creating a painting, only your canvas is made of wood. Don’t let anyone conform you into a mass producing particle board creating robot that sells crap for cash.

Michelangelo didn’t paint houses, Sherwin Williams and Kelly Moore did.

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#3 posted 04-03-2007 03:31 PM

Nice looking Ambrosia Maple on the top.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 04-03-2007 04:10 PM

I like your style! Good luck with the sales end. I’d look into doing some inlay work if I were you. I think it would high light your art.

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#5 posted 04-03-2007 04:23 PM

Beautiful work Ed. I love that wood! And I agree with Dennis. With your artistic ability, you really should take a shot at inlaying. Thanks for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 04-03-2007 05:04 PM

First table? What a way to start!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 04-03-2007 05:17 PM

A beautiful job of woodworking, & art combo.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 04-03-2007 10:37 PM

great first table! what are the aproximate dimentions? i cant tell the size of it

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#9 posted 04-04-2007 02:59 AM

The table is 4’ x 2’ x 16” and thanks for the comments and advise.

-- Ed,Red Lake, Ontario, Canada

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#10 posted 04-04-2007 03:02 AM

very impressive.

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina

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#11 posted 04-04-2007 03:05 AM

Your off to a great start with a table like that. I just love ambrosia maple.
And Hey- Welcome to the club, I think you will like it here.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 04-04-2007 05:50 AM

Love the colors within the table. Very showy design too. Congratulations!

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#13 posted 04-05-2007 03:45 AM

Nice strong table.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 08-05-2008 07:16 AM

Beautiful work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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