Leopardwood and Maple Dining Table

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Project by Daniel Skolnick posted 01-17-2009 09:04 PM 3327 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The table is 48” in diameter. The maple legs are bent laminations

-- Daniel, Massachussets,

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#1 posted 01-17-2009 09:10 PM

Great looking Table. I’ve got some leopardwood veneer that looks nothing like what you have. I guess people call some woods what ever they want to call it. Mine is mostly black with some orange spots.

I guess I’ll need to make something with it some day.

But I’ve seen wood like yours called Leopardwood. A great looking table

Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-17-2009 09:30 PM

Great looking table!

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

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#3 posted 01-17-2009 09:42 PM

Bently: I’ve seen leapordwood called a version of lacewood.

Here is a writeup about some of the confusion.

Some of pictures toward the end are similiar to the veneer that I’ve got that was also called Leopardwood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 01-17-2009 10:06 PM

Hey Daniel
Great table! I’ve been planning a table for some friends as a wedding present, and looking for an interesting idea for the legs. I really like what you’ve done with the bent lamination. I second bentlyj’s question about how you made the skirt.

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#5 posted 01-17-2009 10:28 PM

nice table

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#6 posted 01-17-2009 10:55 PM

The leopardwood I made this table from is from Brazil and is much denser than Lacewood, which is from Australia. I don’t know if it goes by other names, but I have worked with lacewood and I can say for sure that Leopardwood is denser.

I made the skirt using about 5 bent laminations per side and yellow glue. I made it in two halves and when I went to join then I had to put an extra layer on the inside and outside to keep the whold thing round. There was much swearing involved and a lot of grabbing the extra laminations I made “just in case” and I finally got it all clamped up. If I had it to do over I would probably do it differently.

-- Daniel, Massachussets,

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#7 posted 01-17-2009 11:21 PM

Nice looking table!

-- Iceman

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#8 posted 01-17-2009 11:44 PM

I would have guessed mottled Makore but whatever it is, it looks great.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#9 posted 01-18-2009 12:48 AM

Nice table. The wood is wonderful.
I do like the design of the legs but think the color takes away from the top. If it were mine I would consider staining the legs very dark maybe even black.
You wood looks a lot like some quarter sawn sycamore I have used. See the plater I posted earlier today. They may all be related.

About the apron. I have done a couple of table tops similar and I found that if I used the router with a guide to cut a shallow (1/4”) deep “dado” in the bottom side of the table and use that to bend my laminations into the correct shape it worked quite well. It also stabilized the top. You just need a lot of clamps to hold it into position while the glue sets. I added a veneer to the front and backing blocks afterward. My tables opened to add a leaf so I only had to work one half of the apron at a time but it should work for a full circle.

I had to look it up. An answer to the wood question can be found here:
Although there is a disclaimer about some confusion in the woods.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 01-19-2009 05:37 AM

Beautiful job Daniel. I really like the design the the choice of woods.

Thanks for showing it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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