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Forum topic by niki posted 05-19-2007 03:18 PM 1115 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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niki

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05-19-2007 03:18 PM

Hi everybody

I was missing for some time, I went to Japan for the wedding of the son and here I’m…

So, I was taken to some restaurant near-by Narita airport and to my surprise, the owner was woodworker, So, I took the camera out and…

The guy is making mainly table tops from “One piece” wood (don’t ask me what woods, I have no idea) and they cost $1000~3000 a piece.

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WayneC

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#1 posted 05-19-2007 03:20 PM

Welcome back. We were missing you. It looks like a wonderful trip. I will be passing through Tokyo next month on my way to Singapore. I wish I would have some time to explore.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-19-2007 03:22 PM

awesome.
tables are amazing!!
the tour: although I hated history in school, I am fascinated by the history of cultures, and families etc. The “costumes” are so meaningful and powerful
the floor: oh my goodness!! I saw this idea somewhere recently,.. so beautiful.

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

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frank

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#3 posted 05-19-2007 05:00 PM

Hi Niki;
—-awesome and wow!

I just love those tables there that have the ‘live edge’ and then the wood slabs all stacked on end.

I’m curious since I don’t see any end checking….any idea of how he stopped the checking?

Great pictures and thanks for sharing.
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 05-19-2007 05:22 PM

What a great trip! Thanks I’m glad you took us along.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 05-19-2007 05:44 PM

Thanks for showing this great tour.

-- -** 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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mot

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#6 posted 05-19-2007 05:50 PM

That’s some cools stuff! Thanks for posting!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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VTWoody

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#7 posted 05-19-2007 06:06 PM

Tres Cool. I love the pictures.

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Bill

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#8 posted 05-19-2007 06:36 PM

Wonderful pictures Niki. Those are great looking tables.

I bet Woodbutcher could supply someone with the wood for tables like that. What were they, about 2-3 inches thick? I like that look.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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niki

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#9 posted 05-19-2007 09:42 PM

Thank you for your kind replies

Wayne
Thanks for the PM, now you know where I was “wandering”.

Bill
The minimum thickness that I’ve seen is around 2”.
I saw this table in the house of my daughter in law parents and I wander how it does not bend or cup. It is covered with very heavy layer of varnish from all sides (including under) though….

In between I “spoiled” myself and bought the new Hitachi M8V2.

Soft start and speed control (8,000~25,000 RPM) 11.5 Amps but still it has to prove itself.

Maybe that’s a good excuse to build new router table.

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WayneC

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#10 posted 05-19-2007 10:03 PM

Glad to see your back. We were all having Jig withdrawls. Looks like you got a great router.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bill

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#11 posted 05-19-2007 10:13 PM

Better not let Obi see it, he will be wanting another router!

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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PanamaJack

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#12 posted 05-20-2007 05:28 AM

What an expierence to go through. Great pictures.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 05-20-2007 07:09 PM

Hey Niki, looks like you had a nice trip!

Good to see you back!

Later…

-- 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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Karson

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#14 posted 05-21-2007 04:10 PM

Thanks for the tour. Niki.

-- 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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woodspar

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#15 posted 05-21-2007 04:39 PM

Beautiful carving, and beautiful table tops. I especially liked the ”irori ” inside the massive tree trunk. Thanks Niki for all of the pictures.

-- John

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