Hall table with waterfall bubinga

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Project by Alan posted 04-14-2008 05:46 PM 5457 views 22 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is made of waterfall bubinga, ash, and wenge. I made a pair of mating patterns for the front edge of the top. I used a pattern cutting router bit with the patterns to shape the top and front edge piece. Since the top is MDF, there’s no problem with movement between the top and the breadboard ends. It’s finished with an oil/poly blend.The beautiful figure of the bubinga is what really makes the piece work. See more at

-- Alan Carter,

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 06:11 PM


This is a beautiful table and your wood combination is gorgeous.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 06:16 PM


-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 07:05 PM

How is the banding attached to the mdf center of the table? Are those breadboard ends?

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#5 posted 04-14-2008 07:15 PM

is the top a veneer of the bubinga or solid? Are you concerned about expansion or contraction? Really looks fantastic. I would like to see details on the top and how it was attached.

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 04-14-2008 07:33 PM

Very nice! As I’m trying to convince my sweety that, really, it’s okay to use MDF sometimes, yours will be one of the examples I pull out.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 04-14-2008 07:37 PM

Beautiful work Alan, but I’m really waiting for you to post the desk you’ve used as your icon. Looks like a Ruhlman piece.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#8 posted 04-14-2008 11:04 PM

Thanks to all.
Jon3- the banding is actually a 3/4”Wx1/8” thick strip glued to the edge pieces. The top is veneer on MDF. and the edge pieces are glued on with biscuits for alignment and to strengthen the joint a little. No problem with movement.
Dan- actually MDF is one of the better substrates to use. It’s dead flat, stable and smooth. Plywood sometimes has shallow hills and valleys that aren’t readily apparent. The biggest disadvantage with MDF is that the edges don’t make for a really good glue joint the way solids or even plywood will. That’s why I use biscuits to reinforce the joint.
Damian- I’ll post the desk, which actually a vanity soon. Yeah, there’s a little Ruhlman influence.

-- Alan Carter,

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#9 posted 04-14-2008 11:42 PM

Great work, nice wood selection and matching.

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#10 posted 04-14-2008 11:55 PM

Excellent, Love how you’ve included the very delicate tapered legs, to support the larger top. Also love the color contrasts of the Bubinga, quality pure quality. your brother in woodworking John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#11 posted 06-14-2008 04:21 AM


-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 04-22-2009 06:52 AM

Mann you really know your tables, another awesome piece

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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