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Blog entry by schroeder posted 05-09-2007 05:44 PM 801 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of My Thorsen Table Project series Part 2: The "Cloud Lift" - I may get this thing done in time after all! »

I’m not sure I will be able to finish by the May 31 deadline – but I’m plugging along.


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I wanted to combine the project with gifts for two different weddings this summer. I opted to make them from Black Walnut, with a “Rodel” kind of look. I think Walnut is regal on it’s own, so I tried several methods to add the detail shown in the original design and ended up going with inlay of the same wood. I think it adds a complementary, but still subtle detail.

I book matched the tops and started gluing up, I’m not sure if the wild grain will detract from the overall look – but, it’s too late now!


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I laid it up for a concealed drawer – I think I will use the same inlay pattern on all four sides –


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Instead of a shelf, I’m using a lattice-work to span the bottom stretchers – I am going to try to cut it to a cloud lift pattern…


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For the breadboards I flushed them with the top and extended out a bit (I just like that look) with 30 degree cuts on the ends and on the plugs concealing the screws. I laid out the tongue to be able to screw the breadboard into dowels (long grain).


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That’s where I’m at so far – lets see, how many days do I have left…..Man, I need to get BUSY!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe



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PanamaJack

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#1 posted 05-09-2007 05:50 PM

This is lookin’ great schroeder. What type of finish do you have planned? Something clear?

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#2 posted 05-09-2007 05:53 PM

Thanks – The finish, I’m really partial to Sealer, Poly and wax – I don’t want to change the natural color of the wood.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#3 posted 05-09-2007 05:55 PM

how wonderful! I love the table top!

And I really like the lattice. NICE

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 05-09-2007 05:57 PM

Nice going Schroeder, I like your presentation. Your going to have two beautiful tables when there completed. The lattice work is going to look real nice. Walnut is the greatest in my book.
I wouldn’t worry about not finishing in time, I think you’ll make it.

I’m still plugging away on my entry.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#5 posted 05-09-2007 06:15 PM

plugging away” – hey Dick, aren’t you done with those plugs yet? hehehe

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 05-09-2007 06:22 PM

The table is looking great. Thanks for sharing.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#7 posted 05-09-2007 07:35 PM

Nice work, Schroeder.

I was unfamiliar with Rodel’s furniture. Thanks for the reference. If your finished table come even close to his values, your wedding gifts will be terrific. Judging from your previous posts, I’m confident that the final result will be outstanding. And please, don’t rush your work to meet an artificial deadline.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#8 posted 05-09-2007 07:49 PM

Looks great.

Diane

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#9 posted 05-09-2007 09:27 PM

Thanks all.
I’m trying not to rush it Don, but I saw as I was posting this blog that I left no room for the cloud lifts when I put the drawer runners in…(sigh)...a little “re-fit” work to do. Yes I am a huge fan of Rodels work.

Thanks Debbie! (I really thought about staeling your hinged lid idea – I thought that was great!)

Don, Way to up the bar! – I see you carving away over there! (looks great, can’t wait to see it finished)

Thanks Fred & Diane – The competition is tough!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#10 posted 05-09-2007 11:26 PM

Schroeder; The table looks great. I always love patterned wood so I like the tops. When I go to the sawmill I tell them I want the strangest wood they have.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#11 posted 05-10-2007 03:54 AM

Those are some beautiful tables. I like the subtle design you did with the inlay. I thought I was seeing things at first or that you had some new way of putting a pattern on walnut. You must finish at least one of these for the contest, you deserve it. The lattice work is a neat look, too. I wish I would have thought of that.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 05-10-2007 04:38 AM

Nice looking tables Schroeder, you’ll make it. So will I. I hope. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 05-10-2007 05:25 AM

Good choice staying with the natural color for this beautiful table.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#14 posted 05-10-2007 05:40 AM

Quote Schroeder: ”Don, Way to up the bar! – I see you carving away over there! (looks great, can’t wait to see it finished)”

Not me, Mate, I think you meant Dick.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#15 posted 05-10-2007 05:54 AM

Looking good.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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