three small tables with decorative inlay

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Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 04-09-2017 04:03 PM 2293 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These small chairside tables are made of Peruvian walnut, American walnut, and mahogany. They are about 10 1/2 inches square and 20 inches high. Each has a glass top that lies in a recess—these are removed for the pictures to reduce glare. The inlay materials are: silver wire; abalone and veneer dots; blue-, yellow-, and green-colored veneers. The part of the table tops with the inlay have sides that slope 45 degrees.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#1 posted 04-09-2017 04:33 PM

Great work, love the dancers. Can you tell me a bit more about silver wire, is it sanded flush?

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#2 posted 04-09-2017 04:39 PM

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#3 posted 04-09-2017 04:54 PM

Thanks for your comment. I bring the silver wire flush using a scraper and then very light sanding with 320 grit paper. I purchase argentium stirling silver flat wire from Hauser & Miller, a jewelry-supply company in St. Louis. The wire in the table with dancing figures is 0.014”X0.055”, and in table with lines and dots, it is 1.0mmX1.5mm rolled to 0.8mm (slightly greater than 1/32”). The wire for the dancing figures is set into carved grooves without any adhesive; the 0.055” sides of the wire are roughed up with sandpaper to increase friction. The wire for the lines and dots was set into a 1/32” groove made with a Dremel router and held there with epoxy.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#4 posted 04-09-2017 04:56 PM

Not very good, but tag Dutchy.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#5 posted 04-09-2017 06:31 PM

they look great

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#6 posted 04-09-2017 08:55 PM

A happy trio to have around the place. Well done.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#7 posted 04-10-2017 02:10 AM

wow don I really don’t think people know what there looking at here,this is some intricate beautiful inlay.this should be top 3 for the day without a blink in my opinion.exceptional work my friend.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 04-10-2017 04:27 AM

Awesome, I vote top 3 too.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 04-10-2017 11:16 AM

What an interesting idea.
Nicely done !!
Love the characters. I have to borrow your idea :)

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#10 posted 04-10-2017 03:11 PM

These are all fabulous tables and they are so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 04-10-2017 03:41 PM

What a great idea!

Awesome, I vote top 3 too.

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#12 posted 04-12-2017 07:18 PM

Beautiful. I’m going to have to steal this idea. Someday. If I can ever do inlay of this quality.

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