Brazilian cherry and Vineyard green granite top hall table

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Project by savannah505 posted 05-25-2009 06:16 AM 3340 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table I made from Brazilian cherry also known as jotoba wood, ( think I spelled that right) with a vineyard green granite top from India. Finished in ongoing coats of polyurethane I spray on, up to 10 right now, will do another 5 at least. Took bending and forming 7 legs to get 4 that matched, three came out of the mold and wouldn’t stay the shape I wanted them to. This is a cold bent lamination process using weldwood plastic resin glue. The wood has a rosewood look to it, I really love the look, but is a very dense and can be a difficult wood to work with, as everyone tells me it eats up blades. The stone is vineyard green granite from India, incredibly expensive, at $80.00 a sq. ft. when buying it in slab form which averages 70”X120” at an average of 60 sq. ft. a slab, so do the math and each slab is almost $5,000. This top alone at just over16X30 cost me $200 for the stone alone and then I had to do the edgework, this granite is one of the most difficult I’ve ever worked with, hard with some soft spots in it, makes grinding and polishing very hard to do. While grinding with a stone, it wants to fall into the soft spots and create ripples, took all the talent I had to keep it straight. It is all worth it though, the stone is beautiful, and incredibly irridescent, like womans shimmery eyeshadow is the best way I can describe it. I cut my own veneer to wrap the apron under the top edgework of the wood, and glued all end grain to the side top ogee piece to keep the grain running correctly in relation to the front edge. A challenge to make but I love the look. This piece is for sale if anyone is interested.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#1 posted 05-25-2009 06:26 AM

Gorgeous piece. You can tell it is expensive. The granite is just beautiful. You did a great job.

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#2 posted 05-25-2009 06:43 AM

Very nice table great design and wonderful workmanship beautiful

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#3 posted 05-25-2009 08:27 AM

This is very beautiful. I really like it. The granite compliments the wood so well, PERFECT!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#4 posted 05-25-2009 02:57 PM

Want to say wow, but your work is too nice for that. Beautiful….........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 05-25-2009 03:24 PM

very striking, I especially like the illusion of weight-less-look, knowing the weight of the stone. I would imagine the working of the stone with the variations in density is very much like working the wood. Thanks for posting the piece.

-- “Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A.

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#6 posted 05-25-2009 04:35 PM

Great Job Dan !! I know you had a multitude of obsticals to work with on this project ,everything from the wood to the Granite but when all was said and done it turned out Great ! I see what you mean by the wood you used looking like rosewood .

Job Well Done!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#7 posted 05-25-2009 07:05 PM

You must be working overtime. Four very nice projects at one time. This piece is very classy. Looks like a lot of bending. Great job Dan.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 05-27-2009 02:48 AM

You have done it again with this table, Fantastic!!! I like the way you made a table with such a light look and then put on a granite top, and as for the granite I agree it’s worth every penny you paid. that top is very cool. I wish I could see it in person, pictures never do a project justice. I like the other three post you put up but this is my favorite of the bunch.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 05-27-2009 03:29 AM

I just got a chance to see all your recent work. It’s outstanding as usual. This table is one more unique piece,of Art! I just can’t imagine you were able to get that Brazilian Cherry to work so wonderfully for you. I do a lot of work with Jatoba as well and it is hard as a rock and brittle. That’s why I love the bending process employed in this piece. You’ve plagued me with a host of questions though! How is the shelf attached to the legs? Is it dadoed joinery? I’m curious, are the legs approximately 1inch thick and maybe eight pieces used to make laminations? Finally, the top under the stone, was that glued up using flat stock and then routed to accept the stone top? Your stone choice and work with it, is as always most complimentary. Congratulations, friend on an excellent piece of Art.

Sincerely Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#10 posted 05-27-2009 06:14 AM

Hey Ken and everyone – Thanks so much for the kind words on this piece. Well Ken, let me answer the questions you’ve given me. I cut the wood from flooring material I got off a jobsite. I cut 2 pieces from each piece of flooring, and bookmatched them in order. I didn’t glue them but made sure that when I made the legs in the form, that I kept them in order. I cut 3/16 th in. strips from these, and laminated them 2 in the form at a time first and then 1 piece joined to the first 2 each time, for 4 laminated strips. Total thickness ended up at 3/4 thick legs. The width of the legs came up to 1 1/4 wide. The shelf is attached by taking a template board (1/8th in. construction board) also known as thermaply, and carefully notching and shaping it to the desired style of shelf I wanted to put in. I then doweled it in place with 1/4 in. walnut dowel, it worked out well, the walnut actually blended in really well. Now for the top, I used 1/2 in. plywood and took one board and cut the front strip out using my table saw by drop cutting it and traveling down to the other end and stopping before the radius would be. Then cutting the radius at each end with my saber saw, and cleaning up the radius with a 2 in. drum sander on a drill press. The board started out at 3 in. wide. What was cut out from making the front strip, I used to make the side rails, by cutting it at 1in. blocks by whatever width was left from making the front rail. I think it was roughly about 2 in. so that made the blocks 3/4 thick by 1 X 2 and then end glued them to make it into the side rails. I love the effect it had, it kept the grain flowing in the proper way instead of suddenly having the grain change by ripping standard lengths off the wood. You know what I mean by this I’m sure. I will add some pictures of the end to show this better. Since I cut my granite and shaped and polished it first, it was a matter of cutting the ply and shaping it to fit the top, so it wasn’t so bad to form it.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 05-27-2009 08:11 PM

Beautiful work; great job!

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#12 posted 05-30-2009 02:57 AM

Absolutely gorgeous craftsmanship , Dan : )

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