10' Birds Eye Maple Dinning Table

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Project by Lee A. Jesberger posted 07-04-2007 05:34 PM 5552 views 12 times favorited 61 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I offered to build a ten foot dinning room table as a house warming present for my brother in law.

We used a technique which cut down on the weight considerably. This technique consisted of using a resin coated honeycomb cardboard, which was one inch tall, for the center core of the table. This not only reduced the weight, it provides a warp proof top.

The table is built using a Mahogany edge, and M.D.F. as a substrate for the Birds Eye Maple veneer. The oval and accent veneer is quater sawn Sapele. The Sapele has very pronounced and uniform stripes that seem to change as you move around the table.

The veneer work was very challenging, as all of it was cut using a scalpel. Also the sheer size of it made it somewhat difficult to handle.

The top veneer was glued to the substrate using a vacuum bag, and resulted in perfect contact over the entire top.

The legs were created using a pre formed quater round plywood, and were used in reverse of the intended method. They form a curved diamond shape, and are capped with a half round Mahogany trim piece. The curves themselves are veneered with Birds Eye Maple.

Working with veneer is very satisfying, as the potential is limitless, and the quality of the grain patterns is incredible.

The table was finished with conversion varnish due to the toughness of this finish. The top was polished to a high sheen, as desired by the owner of the table.

-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-04-2007 05:37 PM

Your Brother-in-law must have estatic. Nice table. Did you make him buy his own chairs?

-- 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 07-04-2007 05:54 PM

Interesting technique, Lee, to lighten the tabletop. How thick was your MDF substrate for the veneer? MDF itself is heavy, but the cardboard interior must have lightened up the whole thing. A beautiful job. And the leg detail is great too. Very innovative!


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#3 posted 07-04-2007 06:15 PM


Yes, I’m afraid I did make him get the chairs.

When he came to the shop to help me deliver it to his house, which was the day before Thanksgiving, he asked me if I would be insulted if his wife didn’t use the table. I told him no, because my wife told me she wouldn’t use it to serve a bunch of people the next day, if it were hers.

He said you don’t understand, she’ll never use it! Oh well, what can I say, it is her table, and that in itself is a great compliment.

I built it three years ago, and he was right, she has never used it. And to me that is a great compliment! She doesn’t want anything to happen to it.

-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 07-04-2007 06:19 PM

Hi BarbS;

Thank you for the compliments!

The M.D.F. is only 1/4” thick, which when applied to the honey comb, is extremely strong.

Thanks again;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-04-2007 06:20 PM

Beautiful wood, nice job. Keep up the nice work. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 07-04-2007 07:27 PM

Thank You Mike.


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#7 posted 07-04-2007 08:23 PM

Sweet table. Building a great table is definitely on my list. Good work.

-- Measure twice!!

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#8 posted 07-04-2007 11:04 PM

Beautiful work, Lee. Absolutely stunning. I had to think about the reaction of your brother-in-law’s wife’s (that makes her your sister, doesn’t it?). But after looking closely at the pictures, I think I understand her reaction.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 07-04-2007 11:13 PM

awe-some. Stunning design. And the techniques used, sound brilliant (I have no idea, being a “newbie” to woodworking).

I would have difficulties using this as well…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 07-05-2007 12:52 AM

WOW what a beautiful table. Nice job.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#11 posted 07-05-2007 12:56 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

No Don, it’s my wife’s brother.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 07-05-2007 01:32 AM

Very beautiful Lee! Great choices of wood for the contrast.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#13 posted 07-05-2007 02:54 AM

Extraordinary design and stunning execution. I love the veneer work.

-- Bob

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#14 posted 07-05-2007 02:58 AM

Thank you Bob;

It’s great fun doing these projects.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 07-05-2007 03:13 AM

Yes, Lee, I forgot about that possibility. I just thought it might have been rather funny had it been your sister.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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