Ship Case Table

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Project by newwoodbutcher posted 09-13-2017 05:00 AM 1467 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a joint training project. A good friend wanted to build a table to hold a model of the USS Constitution he built in college many years ago. He was a handy guy but hadn’t built any woodworking projects/furniture before. When I showed him the Greene and Greene style he flipped head over heels in love with it. This table was really a teaching piece built by the two of us. Picture isn’t very good but it turned out beautifully. Black walnut with Ebony plugs and splines finished with Liberon Finishing oil. He was so happy with the results (me too) he decided it Woodworking would be his new passion/hobby. in less than a year he built an amazing stand alone air conditioned shop fully equipped with a Oneida Cyclone DC system, Saw Stop table saw, Grizzly Jointer and Thickness Planner, Two band saws and a 19-38 Supermax drum Sander, a full set Of Lie Nielsen planes and chisels and I don’t know what Else. His shop is wayyyyy nicer than mine. He has the bug and the $$$ to do it big time. It feels good to have introduced him to a new passion. His training continues and he has built some very nice things. He’s just finishing up the Aurora Greene and Greene Desk and it looks fantastic!

-- Ken

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Charles Maxwell

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#1 posted 09-13-2017 11:52 AM

Beautifully executed! Guaranteed your ‘student’ learned some great skills along the way. I’d be interested in seeing some snaps of the table with the USS CONSTITUTION model on top. Also, I’m showing my ignorance, can you educate me/us on your views of Liberon Finishing oil vs. other oils available. I have not heard of this Liberon oil and you’ve piqued my interest. Thanks in advance. Once again, your table is superb!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#2 posted 09-13-2017 04:15 PM

This is an outstanding table and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 09-13-2017 05:13 PM

Charles, Liberon furniture oil, with few exceptions, has been my go to finish for indoor furniture for several years. Curiously, I never see it mentioned on any of the chat rooms nor does any one respond when I mention or recommend it. I discovered it in a Rockler store where it was displayed on a piece of wood where so many coats were applied it looked like a high gloss epoxy pour. Since I don’t particularly like high gloss I never use that many coats. Typically I will apply 3-5 coats till i get a soft natural luster. Each coat is applied with 0000 steel-wool, left to dry for about 15 minutes then wiped off with a dry rag and left overnight to cure. It pops grain beautifully, builds nicely and is fairly durable. One of its greatest features is that when a defect in surface prep is revealed the spot can be planed or sanded to eliminate the defect and the replied oil blends perfectly. I particularly like to use it on Mahogany, Walnut and Cherry. I almost never get a picture of my work that shows the finish at its best but if you look at my projects, it’s the finish I used on the Greene and Greene blanket chest, the charging station and the Cherry bed. I tried using BLO and poly wipe once when I ran out of Liberon Oil but the results were not even close. Unfortunately I can’t provide comparison to any other products beyond that. I would like to hear about comparisons to other products by some of our more technical members. Also, I don’t have any pictures of the ship but I’m sure my buddy does, I’ll ask. Thank you for your comments

-- Ken

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#4 posted 09-14-2017 01:24 PM

Hey Ken, that’s a hell of a “training piece” project, considering the details of Greene & Greene. Very nice! Can you do all of us Arts & Crafts folks a favor and get your buddy to start posting his projects on LumberJocks too? I need my daily fix. Thanks!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#5 posted 09-17-2017 04:57 PM

Hey Charles,
here are the photos you requested. It’s hard getting good shots in front of the window, but it looks great in real life, sorry

-- Ken

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