A veneering extravaganza

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Project by John Fry posted 04-15-2008 05:18 AM 3627 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This intricate project is a veneered, inlaid, banded, and beaded set consisting of a coffee table and two end tables. The visible woods are curly maple, boire, Peruvian walnut, anigre, figured anigre, and wenge. The secondary woods are mahogany and poplar.

You can see the construction details on my blog by clicking here.

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 05:28 AM

Like I said in your construction post, Great job!

How much time to you figure you have into them?

-- 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 04-15-2008 05:37 AM

These Tables are utterly gorgeous, no other way to descibe them. Love how you’ve matched the grains meeting in the corners. I’m like Gary, how many weeks do you have in Creating the Master Pieces. Did you ever get to a point where there was no end in sight. U-Lumber Jocks are simply Amazing, I trully am delighted in having the oppurtunity in viewing Awesome Creations. Thanks your brother in woodworking John

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

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#3 posted 04-15-2008 07:01 AM

omg, that is the most beautiful set of tables i’ve ever got the gift gary,nice work.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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John Fry

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#4 posted 04-15-2008 07:27 AM

Thanks guys,

I didn’t really log hours spent on these tables because they were not a “commissioned” project. Actually I built them on a dare by a graduating student from an interior design school. So they were built over the course of about 10 months, if I remember correctly. I would bring it out in between paying commissioned projects and then put it away when I was sick of it. ;-) Or had to get on with the next piece.

I was probably in the 300 plus hour range.

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#5 posted 04-15-2008 11:14 AM

stunning pieces

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 04-15-2008 11:15 AM

WOW. WOW… WOW. Those pieces are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 04-15-2008 11:54 AM


These are simply stunning projects. I can well understand why you needed an occasional break in the routine when putting these together. But the end result was well worth the effort.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#8 posted 04-15-2008 01:48 PM

Wow, nice job. I admire you for your patience to pull off all the intricate work involved.

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

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 04-15-2008 03:14 PM

Exceptional in concept, design and execution. A great example of veneer work and how beautiful it can be.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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dennis mitchell

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#10 posted 04-15-2008 03:16 PM

Very nice. It reminds me of the way we use to build furniture, before time became so “valuable”. Great craftsmanship.

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#11 posted 04-15-2008 04:27 PM

So that’s what perfect miters look like! I sure hope I can do that some day. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

-- Hailey, ID

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#12 posted 04-15-2008 04:31 PM

Wow, that is fantastic!

-- Bill, Florida

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 04-15-2008 05:09 PM

Exquisite looking tables!

It must have taken many hours loving labor to complete these.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 04-15-2008 06:55 PM

Very nice!

When I only saw the first photo, I thought “I hope he made 2 at once to save time!”

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#15 posted 04-16-2008 01:29 AM

Beautiful work. You have made something that is really different.

-- Bob

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