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Project by Simeond posted 01-13-2020 01:45 AM 2190 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an extending dining table I completed for a client who gave me creative license on design. The top is QS Sapele (1/16” veneer) with a maple border with black lacquer.

It was a bit tricky to determine how to do the black border. I had planned to do a pre-cat lacquer finish for its durability. I had read that you could paint using a flat latex and then lacquer over that. But the tech folks at Sherwin Williams highly discouraged this. So I went with the black lacquer.

Then – do you finish the border and then assemble? If so, you risk gaping and sanding issues. Or do you assemble and sand, and then tape off? This was scary to do, but I opted to tape off. The Frog Tape worked fabulously.

Finally, note the stretcher is a double arch. It’s a nice oriental aesthetic but also a pretty stable structural element. Some process photos below…

Any and all comments or critique are welcome!

First image is a creative way to do my large mortise for the trestle base.

Next is the monster trestle mortise and tenon.

Substructure to support the Osborne extension slides (half lap with shoulders:

Stretcher bent lamination

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Veneer vacuum and veneer waterfall (on substrate):

Border joint and black lacquer after taping:

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov....... soulcraftwoodshop.com





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#1 posted 01-13-2020 01:54 AM

Love the table but not so much the wall paper.

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#2 posted 01-13-2020 02:15 AM

Wow! Your table is quite amazing. I like the double arch stretcher. I wish there were more photos to study and enjoy. Outstanding work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 01-13-2020 02:45 AM



Wow! Your table is quite amazing. I like the double arch stretcher. I wish there were more photos to study and enjoy. Outstanding work.

- swirt

Thanks, Swirt!

I added more process photos to the post.

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov....... soulcraftwoodshop.com

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#4 posted 01-13-2020 03:46 AM

Beautiful. I love the look with the black edge.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#5 posted 01-13-2020 05:43 AM

That is beyond a beautiful table. Well done. The Sapele with the black trim was a great choice.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 01-13-2020 06:47 AM

Fantastic job on the veneering. I work with sapele alot, and was first wondering how you managed to create the top, assuming you used solid boards. The stretcher arch is also real nice.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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#7 posted 01-13-2020 08:12 AM

Impressive. Nice design. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tom

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#8 posted 01-13-2020 11:11 AM

Great table. The stretcher is really cool and original.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 01-13-2020 01:10 PM

Very nice Table, great workmanship. Should be one happy client.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 01-13-2020 03:58 PM

Hot Damn! I am currently working on a Sapele table…. but nothing like this! Incredible/

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#11 posted 01-13-2020 04:55 PM

Amazing looking table.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 01-13-2020 07:19 PM

Beautiful table, great wood & design choices,I always wonder about banding that creates a cross-grain situation and how tops are connected when I’m thinking about wood movement , hopefully, you worked both of those issues out.

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#13 posted 01-13-2020 09:41 PM

Striking! Way to go!

-- Pete

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#14 posted 01-13-2020 10:10 PM

Well thought out and brilliant execution. Well done sir!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#15 posted 01-13-2020 11:22 PM

Beautiful job. Love the design – especially the stretcher design. I may have to use that :) Really, a first class job all around!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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