Dining table (Wenge)

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Project by grosa posted 01-01-2012 05:06 PM 2650 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The table top was 44” x 96” x 2” thick. The boarder was 2” x 2” beech and the field was Wenge veneer to make a cross pattern. The legs were 3.5” x 3.5” Beech. The long leg had the two notches to accept the other two legs, They were glued and screwed together and mounted to a piece of 3/4” plywood at the top. It was all stained with an espresso stain and 3 coats of vinyl sealer and clear coated with conversion varnish. I personalty do not like dark stain on light wood. All my project get a clear on the natural wood, but it’s what the customer wants. What do you think? Do you like dark stain on wood?

-- Have a great day.

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 05:55 PM

The veneer doesn’t look like wenge. Why is the top 2” thick, or is it just the edges? Nice job on the stain and finish, but not to my taste.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 06:15 PM

Good job on the table. And yeah, I’m with everyone else so far on the dark stain on light wood subject. But hey, it’s the customer’s money and if that’s what they want, whatever.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 06:35 PM

Wow that’s nice

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 07:04 PM

The veneer is man made Wenge to get the straight grain. The top is 3/4” with a 3/4” build up on the edge and a 2” x 2” around the boarder.

-- Have a great day.

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 07:21 PM

Nice clean build it really looks cool


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#6 posted 01-01-2012 07:29 PM

Looks like Wenge to me (?). I think your flash might have washed it out in that one pic. It’s a very handsome piece. At first, I thought the wenge stock was 2” thick. I was thinking of the 2nd mortgage someone had to take out, lol. Nice project.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 01-01-2012 10:33 PM

ya i was thinking exactly what bertha said.
nice job though

-- Ben L

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#8 posted 01-01-2012 10:55 PM

Thank’s to all for your comments. We use beech when staining dark colors because it stains evenly with no blotching.

-- Have a great day.

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 01:24 AM

Very nice table, very nicely made. I like that espresso finish, suits the design.

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#10 posted 01-02-2012 03:55 AM

Nice table. I love the leg design.
As for dark stain I have noticed its a big trend in my area of north america. Majority of the kitchens the company I work for have been dark. authentic java, espresso, bison, mystic brown, ebony evolution, all shades of brown or black basically. still a few lighter stains or naturals every month but not enough imo.

-- nate.

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 05:43 AM

Why bother using nice wood if you’re covering it all up! That’s like painting over a red brick home! What a shame? What can I say . . . this customer has no taste! All that aside, you did a great job making it. I like the legs!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#12 posted 01-06-2012 04:08 AM

Little paw, my thoughts exactly.

-- Have a great day.

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