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Project by Roz posted 01-15-2008 08:40 AM 1478 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After many years away from woodworking I found myself assigned to the Naval Training Center Great Lakes IL. I was pleased to discover they had a very large wood shop which got little use. I made this table there in 2000 as one in a series of tables I built that year. I met an old WWII vet named Red Muller who is in the hardwood lumber business with his son and lives in Wisconsin. I got the Honey locust wood that I used in this table from him. They get very large up there and the wood is really hard. Because of this I ran the router backward to shape the edges because of the woods tendency to splinter under the routers bit. The marble is resting on a plywood base to protect against cracking the tiles. The wood had bold grains and color contrast. I only lightly stained it and the wood is near its natural color. It is colorful and a bit unusual and attracts a lot of attention. The finish is Poly and as held up well.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 01-15-2008 08:42 AM

Very nice table! I have never seen honey locust in person.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-15-2008 10:28 AM

Well former Sailor, from one to another – I’d rate that project 4.0.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 01-15-2008 01:08 PM

Real nice!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 01-15-2008 01:11 PM

Nice table and beautiful wood.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 01-15-2008 01:48 PM

That is one fine table. Well done. Thanks for your service to our country.

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#6 posted 01-15-2008 02:30 PM

Really.. That’s a fantastic job there.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 01-15-2008 02:52 PM

Wow, the grain around the tiles is great, nice table

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#8 posted 01-15-2008 04:02 PM

Beautiful work!....Very nice color of wood and great choice of tiles.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#9 posted 01-15-2008 04:16 PM


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#10 posted 01-15-2008 04:17 PM


-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#11 posted 01-15-2008 06:24 PM

Very nice, its great to have access to shop like you do.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#12 posted 01-15-2008 10:42 PM

Very nice Roz.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 01-16-2008 07:10 PM

I really like the design of the top!

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

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