Ambrosia Maple & Walnut table top

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Project by rrdesigns posted 04-09-2014 02:02 AM 1091 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an example of how to “make it work” when your original game plan not only fails but is faulty to begin with. I had intended to use 8/4 stock for the border on this table (the center panel is made from 4/4 with a plywood sub base) but found out that the supplier had none (after I had built the center panel). I hadn’t properly envisioned that I would need the border to continue the worm trails in the center visually before I foolishly failed to save the cut-offs from the center which would have made my life much easier. So I was forced to glue together the stock for the border from the 4/4 stock that I had. I then made veneer slices from the leftovers of the original stock that I hadn’t tossed and puzzle pieced the worm trails together to make it look like the border had been cut from the original panel. Not perfect, but not bad. Ce la vie.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#1 posted 04-09-2014 08:20 AM

Nice table love the wood and style. Congrats on saving the self induced set back that most of us suffer I’m sure. At least I know I do…LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-09-2014 11:48 AM

Very nice table top Beth it looks awesome….and a nice save as well.

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

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#3 posted 04-10-2014 12:42 AM

That is a great looking tabletop and a very innovative save. How did you join the ‘frame’ around the center panel?

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

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#4 posted 04-10-2014 12:48 AM

I used dowels to attach the frame. The center dowel is glued on both sides. The others are glued in only to the main table body with slotted pockets on the border piece to allow for wood movement

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#5 posted 04-10-2014 02:00 AM

Thanks for the quick reply Beth. You knew exactly what I was concerned with!

By the way, I’m still watching my driveway for your visit!

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

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#6 posted 04-10-2014 06:49 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Beth. Well Done. Thanks for Posting.


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