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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 03-31-2013 07:27 PM 877 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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03-31-2013 07:27 PM

I’m designing a cherry coffee table for my father in law.
there are some pretty serious checks in one of the spirals that could break off, so when I make a decision which side to finish as the top, I’ll dowel the checks from the under side.

I am going to take another piece of cherry and gouge it in 4 or 5 places and test how different inlays work on the cracks. There are so many of them, I want the inlay to look muted so I’ll be looking at several elements, brass and copper.

I need to know which side you all think is the best for the surface and include why you think so please.

Sorry to interrupt you Easter dinner, but if you have a minute look it over.

Thanks.

The size of the cherry slab.

one side.

the other side.

I’m planning on using 2.5 – 3” natural edge cherry branches as the legs to this table. They will be joined with a through tenon and polished as part of the surface.
If I can match the cherry with the copper/brass inlay I think the center void would look good with some color, but that is up to my father in law.

So after you get full of ham, turkey, steak, BBQ, whatever, tell me what you think.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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#1 posted 03-31-2013 07:32 PM

Why not bow ties?

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#2 posted 03-31-2013 07:33 PM

For me, picture number one is by far the best. The color seems a little more like cherry, and I love the jagged check in the wood. Also, the center heartwood stands out much better.

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#3 posted 03-31-2013 07:37 PM

Tennessee, in the top picture, I had planed it with my No 7 Bailey so it looks better. I’m not really concerned about the finish just yet though. I’m wondering which side based on the cracks and natural edge.

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#4 posted 03-31-2013 07:39 PM

Shane, I’ve never done bow ties, and frankly I am not impressed by them. I think woodworkers do those more for themselves than for the furniture. I’ve seen them look good and not so good. Leastways a commissioned piece is not the place I want to experiment. This slab is very important and I want to keep it safe first so I’m going to stick with the basics.

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#5 posted 03-31-2013 07:45 PM

I think either side when sanded will really POP with the grain. And while I was looking at the pic’s the first thing I thought was “Why not bow tie it where the cracks are?”, but Shane beat me to it. Another thought would be to inlay the cracks, maybe with turquois possibly?

<edit> OK. ya shot down both my ideas while I was typing :-(... So based on aesthetics (or cosmetics) alone I like the bottom pic. Just like the “look” of the cracks better that’s why.

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#6 posted 03-31-2013 07:48 PM

Joe, I want to try to understate the inlay by matching the cherry color as good as I can. Perhaps the middle void could have some color, but that’s not up to me.
I think the slab is very dry so I don’t expect too much more checking on it. I’ll dowel up from the bottom to within about 1/2 under the top surface to stop the checks that are there already. That will insure they don’t do any more damage even if it’s dropped.

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#7 posted 03-31-2013 08:14 PM

I vote for the first one. As soon as I looked at it, the lightening bolt check on the lower left caught my eye. I see that Paul had the same reaction.

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#8 posted 03-31-2013 08:30 PM

I like the first one because the edges of the center void are smoother.

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#9 posted 03-31-2013 08:41 PM

Russell, I would rethink the idea of muting the checks. They are going to show, so why not accentuate them? I would use epoxy with jet black in it. Put it in the inclusion, too. Oil the cherry to deepen the color and the black will look great with it. I have a big walnut slab with some crotch wood in it. It’s going to get the black epoxy in the cracks.

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#10 posted 03-31-2013 08:57 PM

I like side 1 the best.

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#11 posted 03-31-2013 10:30 PM

I like the first one. Butterflies have their place. I do think that they are often overused. Being end grain, I probably wouldn’t use them here.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 04-01-2013 01:14 AM

Russell: What do you man by doweling the opposite side ? The butterflies sound good for the other side, to possibly prevent any more movement, then black epoxy on the top. I use black epoxy with black aniline dye and, key machine brass leftovers mixed in the epoxy.

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#13 posted 04-01-2013 01:40 AM

Druid, run some dowels from the underside through the cracks to hold them. It’s a 40 year old piece so it’s done checking from drying, but it needs protection form impacts. So I’m going to run some 1/4 or 3/8 dowels in those checks and then inlay them. I’ll be using a powder inlay, likely brass or copper, or a mixture of the two.

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#14 posted 04-02-2013 01:39 AM

Thanks. Was trying to figure out how you were going to get the dowels 90 degree to the cracks. I was visualizing a dowel across the crack like a Dutchman, only dowels are round not butterfly shaped. DUH !

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#15 posted 04-02-2013 01:55 AM

Side 1 better color

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