Demilune Tables - Part One

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Project by Lee A. Jesberger posted 07-06-2007 07:11 AM 3210 views 6 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love working with veneer! The possibilities are endless, and the material is relatively easy to work with. One project I make often is Hall or Demilune tables. Photo one is a table I gave to a client. Unfortunately, I didn’t bother to get a better shot of it, as it’s pretty nice. This one is Rosewood and Quilted Satinwood.

One thing I really like about making them is the fact that both the size and shape can be varied, as well as the the choice of veneers. This lends itself to interesting combinations in types and colors of the wood.

They are great project to practice working with veneers, and due to the small size of them, they don’t take too much time or materials.

Most of the ones I’ve made end up being gifts to whoever happens to be around once they’re finished. Otherwise I’d have to find a buyer for them and that takes part of the fun out of it. And leaving them in the shop isn’t a good option because they would get destroyed fairly quickly.

Since I do make them often, I have made several jigs to speed up the process. The second photo is a form to make the table apron. It is made from particle board, and the surface the apron sits on during glue up is covered with packing tape. This prevents the apron from sticking to the form if the glue come in contact with it.

The apron itself is made from two layers of 3/8” bendy board. This is glued up in the vacuum bag. The veneer can be glued on at the same time, or later. That depends on what the veneer will be, and how the grain direction will be oriented. Either paralell to the table top, or perpendicular to the top.

The third photo is a 1/4” thick piece of plexiglass. I use this to make cutting the M.D.F. to the right size and shape using a router and bottom bearing pattern bit. The black line is a gasket on the top and bottom of the plexiglass, which permits me to use my vacuum system to clamp the template to the M.D.F. It also clamps it to my bench top. Just by stepping on a foot pedal, the M.D.F. is sucked down tight to the template and the bench.

I also made a couple plexiglass templates to cut the veneer for the top very quick. One is used to cut the main area of the veneer, a second is used to cut the border. A third one is used to cut wedge or pie shapped pieces of veneer to be taped together, to form the top. This method of using the pie shapped veneer permits bookmatching the veneer.

My usual method of cutting the veneer is either a scaple, or on the table saw. In either case, I use blue painter’s tape on both sides of the veneer to prevent chipping. The table saw is much quicker because you can cut all the pieces at one time. When doing it this way I make a plywood sandwich, with the veneer between them. I screw the plywood together, taking care not to screw into the veneer that gets used. Then I cut the plywood into the desired wedge. After removing the veneer from the plywood, remove the tape, pulling it with the grain. Otherwise the tape will chip the veneer.

I’m going to end it here. Tomorrow I’ll continue this in part two, which will allow me to collect some more pictures.

-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-06-2007 07:22 AM

OK, Lee, I’m on my way over to hang around your shop. Who know, I might get lucky and score one of your beautiful Demilune Tables. LOL

How about the legs? Are these solid wood or veneered?

Love your work, Mate!

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

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#2 posted 07-06-2007 07:28 AM

Hi Don;

Thank you. I really enjoy making them. I’m sure if you did stop by there’d be one laying around for you!

The legs are veneered, over poplar.

I really wish I would have gotten a better shot of the top. The rosewood is gorgous.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 07-06-2007 07:56 AM

Mr. Lee, do you mill your own veneers?

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#4 posted 07-06-2007 08:08 AM

Hi BlueStingrayBoots,

Not the ones used on these projects.

I do resaw lumber, but it is generally about 1/8” thick.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-06-2007 12:02 PM

OK Lee how about some dimensions for this project? I know there will be some of us LJ’s that will give this a try.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#6 posted 07-06-2007 12:15 PM

Lee, another beautiful piece of work. Those legs look great – both in shape and pattern. I keep threatening to use veneer, but never get around to it. I have a collection from resawing done on other projects. Just need to give it a go.

-- Bob

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#7 posted 07-06-2007 01:42 PM

Hey Roger,

Sure, no problem. When I get out to the a little later this morning, I’ll get them, and post on page two.

While I’m out there, I ‘ll get some shots of some of the shapes I’ve made. (The templates)

Roger, I was just thinking, on my woodworking tips website, there is a section on veneering that has a lot of photos on joining and working with veneers. Check them out.

I gotta WARN you guys, this stuff is highly addictive! LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 07-06-2007 01:54 PM

Hi Bob,

So, you’re a leg man too huh?

Bob, I high recommend you give it a shot. It really doesn’t require that much equipment to do, or much space.

And the possibilities….


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 07-06-2007 02:53 PM

And why give these beautiful tables away? Are you Santa. They look pretty to me and should be worth a lot of money. But it’s your time and money. Nice table though. jockmike.

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

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#10 posted 07-06-2007 03:38 PM

Hi Mike,

Yeah I know, but I’m kind of lazy, and finding a buyer for them seems like a pain in the neck. Maybe I should put them on e-bay huh?

I am open for suggestions.

And yes they are very beautiful. God makes some really nice wood.

You still didn’t tell me what the profisher 50 stands for. Your boat?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 07-06-2007 06:48 PM

Lee, you are definitely pushing me towards trying some veneer work, which I’ve been wanting to do anyway.

By the way, I finally checked out your website, and it looks to be a veritable treasure chest of helpful information! Thanks!

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

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#12 posted 07-06-2007 07:46 PM

Amazing work Lee….you make it sound easy.

I think giving these away is a great idea. Your process seems to make the creation relatively quick and easy. My choice of who got at least some of them would be driven by self interest though. A very good client, a gift to your well connected doctor or lawyer, get them where they could be seen by those that could afford to buy. Although from the quality of the work you’ve displayed here you probably don’t want for clients. Maybe you should give them to your new buddies at LJ….;)

-- Bob

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#13 posted 07-06-2007 09:52 PM

Hi Charlie M,

Glad you checked out the site.

And I do recommend giving veneering a shot. You won’t be able to find more beautiful wood, that is affordable too! And the process is good for the resource, as the wood goes much futher in thin pieces, rather than thick!

OOH the possibilities…


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 07-06-2007 09:58 PM

Lee.. you’re drooling I think lol

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

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#15 posted 07-06-2007 10:05 PM

Hi Bob,

The table on the project page went to the same client that the home office was built for. So you pretty much guessed where they go.

I guess a well connect doctor would be the one on the other end of the stethescope, huh?

Someone once said, “if you can’t afford to market something, give it away”. Hint Hint.

Regarding giving them to my new friends here at LJ, someone else once said, “give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime”.

Just kidding about that last wise crack. I think there are far too many friends here, for that to work out!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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