Walnut/Curly Maple end table

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Project by Woodn88s posted 10-10-2008 12:41 PM 2031 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The curved apron was made by bent lamination process, bandsawing into strips and then bending around a form. I made 2 of these tables and they form a circle when put together.
The finish is a hand rubbed oil finish, I can’t remember how many coats. I just kept putting it on till I liked the way it looked. each coat was allowed to dry over night and then rubbed with 4-0 wool
I just love combining walnut and curly maple.

-- I want to know Gods are details "A. Einstein"

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#1 posted 10-10-2008 02:21 PM

Beautiful table! Nice detail. I’m with you on the combination, doesn’t get much better than maple and walnut.

-- Measure once; Cut Twice, Three Times, Four Times...

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#2 posted 10-10-2008 02:45 PM

That is a spectacular table. Your combination of woods is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 10-10-2008 03:35 PM

Great piece. Nice wood combo.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-10-2008 08:10 PM

very nice table, great looking wood

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 10-10-2008 11:06 PM

Wonderful job on the design.

Thanks for posting

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#6 posted 10-11-2008 02:40 AM

Very nice looking table. Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 10-11-2008 11:34 PM

Beautiful job on the table, great choice of wood.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 10-13-2008 05:08 PM

Beautiful work! Have some questions on how it was built
-the bent laminations, were they done from solid walnut, or is the walnut a veneer applied to a bent laminate substrate?
-how did you create the maple molding at the bottom of the curved walnut piece?

Thanks for the info, as I’m always trying to learn some new techniques of construction.

-- Gerry

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#9 posted 10-13-2008 05:30 PM

thanks for the compliments.
The curved apron was 2 solid pieces of walnut around 15/16th’s of an inch thick.
I stood them up on edge and band sawed each piece into strips approx 3/32’s of an inch thick (kind of like slicing off balogna.
I then applied titebond 3 to both sides of the strips and bent them around a form (in the exact order that I sliced them off) that was the shape of the apron and clamped it up. I let it sit 24 hours before I released the clamps. There was literally no spring back.
A couple of good tips I learned from my dad (giving him props)
1(take a piece of thin cheap cork and glue it with contact cement to the face of the form, (this helps to hide and imperfections that may telegragh through from the form to the apron.
2) apply a layer of wax paper or newspaper to the cork. This allows easy release from the form.

The bead at the bottom of the apron was made by standing the apron on its edge on top of the piece of curly maple (the maple is thicker than the finished size that I need) and tracing the shape of the apron on the maple. I then band sawed the curve and sanded it to a smooth edge.
I then took the maple curve and set up a beading bit with a guide bearing on router table. after I cut the bead (using the xtra thickness to ride the bearing on) I took the maple to my drum sander and sanded it down to the thickness I wanted. This can be done on a planer but chip out is a big problem with the figure in the maple and it’s not an issue with the sander.
hope I answered your questions

-- I want to know Gods are details "A. Einstein"

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#10 posted 10-13-2008 07:48 PM

Really nice. Beautiful maple you chose.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 10-13-2008 09:20 PM

great workmanship well done a family heirloom without doubt regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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