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Forum topic by Gwjames posted 09-23-2015 02:20 PM 867 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gwjames

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09-23-2015 02:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question walnut maple cherry bandsaw

So I have a new commission, actually my largest commission to date. I am very excited about this job as I was basically given full creative leeway. the client said he wanted a high top table and 4 bar stools, he said he wanted it made from walnut with maple and cherry accents, the rest was completely up to me and he wasn’t worried about time. so I get to take as long as I want and do whatever I want… I like this job already haha. now I have decided to use Peruvian walnut instead of black walnut and I picked up most of it yesterday (at a steal of a price) and today I am going to start putting the stool top and table tops together. I have an idea of what I want to do with them to incorporate the maple and cherry but im not completely certain on how well it will work. I have a design I just kind of threw on a piece of paper this morning that I think would be awesome (i will attach it below) the table as well as stool tops will be perfectly square, to make these accents i will glue up all 5 pieces and then use a band saw to cut the first accent then place a piece of cherry then glue it up again, then do the same thing again for the maple. for the table top i will have to use a jig saw to cut the design as it will not fit through the band saw, so that worries me because i don’t want the blade to walk and ruin a hundred dollar table top, but the other thing i am not sure about is as you can see the accents will start matching the walnut grain and as they go up the table they actually start to cross the grain. im not sure if that is a problem with expansion and contraction. hey let me know what you think, i am always open to suggestions. my goal is to make a piece that will last this gentleman and his family for generations. also i forgot to say the table will be 41” tall 3’ 6” square and the benches will be 29” tall and 12” square. i attached a picture of the stock before i surfaced it and a picture of the stool design, those are my shop stools but the same design i will use in this job.


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Gwjames

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#1 posted 09-23-2015 10:36 PM

I decided to do the glue up in 3 parts, these are the first 2

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 09-23-2015 11:12 PM

GW, I don’t think the cross grain will be an issue at all because the accents are so narrow. Rather than using a jig saw, consider making a template and cutting the curves with a plunge router making several passes to cut all the way through. HTH

-- Art

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#3 posted 09-24-2015 12:15 AM

I never thought of that, it’s either do it like that or in strips like pictured below, I would much rather do the curves though as I think it just gives it a much cleaner look. Thank you for the tip.

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#4 posted 09-24-2015 12:47 AM

Check this out. Do shallow line with router, cut the middle of the route with jig saw, clean the edges with router, insert your strips. Good luck. You do some nice work.

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#5 posted 09-24-2015 01:04 AM



Check this out. Do shallow line with router, cut the middle of the route with jig saw, clean the edges with router, insert your strips. Good luck. You do some nice work.

- mrjinx007

This is the way to go. i’ve made several cutting boards with this technique and it works great, has a better margin for error than any other way.

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#6 posted 09-24-2015 01:17 AM

Nice stuff, I’ve made a few of the curved boards, they’re pretty sweet as long as everything goes as planned. Doing a table top like that would be cool but would be one heck of a glue up.

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Gwjames

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#7 posted 09-24-2015 04:25 PM

well, as you can see I chickened out, I think it could have turned out great, but its something I have never done before and I decided a clients kitchen table is not the time to start trying new things. I think it looks great how it came out though. thank you for all of the input, hopefully I can try that in something of mine soon.

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#8 posted 09-24-2015 04:49 PM

Very Nice.

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