Sapele Drafting Table

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Project by zzzzdoc posted 08-08-2012 11:22 AM 15389 views 19 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been working on this table for a while. It’s a drafting table, built out of ribbon sapele. The table top is resawn sapele veneer. The legs have face grain on all four sides. They are glued together with lock miter joints, with stopped chamfers down their lengths. A little Stickley influence there.

Finish is a combination of two coats of two mixed Transtint dyes, dewaxed orange shellac, and 6 wiped on coats of Waterlox, with sanding in between when needed with 600 grit to remove dust nibs.

The top has the addition of 6 sprayed on coats of Target Coatings EM6000 rubbed out to a semi-gloss finish with Abranet up to 1000 grit, followed by Abralon up to 3000 grit, and finally polished with Menzerna 2L Pre-polish until a semi-gloss finish was obtained.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#1 posted 08-08-2012 11:40 AM

Great table and the finish is amazing. What a beautiful color and look this has…. Nice work!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-08-2012 11:54 AM

Great job, looks awesome. That’s a piece that anyone would be proud to call their own.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 08-08-2012 12:10 PM

”A thing of beauty is a joy to use”


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 08-08-2012 12:21 PM

Beautiful!! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 08-08-2012 12:24 PM

Wow that’s gorgeous wonderful drafting table.


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#6 posted 08-08-2012 12:58 PM

nice table…and a nice window to work at…

-- Joe - - - something witty should go here - - -

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#7 posted 08-08-2012 02:30 PM

Wow, a knockout finish on a great piece of furniture! If that’s your semi-gloss, your gloss must outshine the sun!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done!

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#8 posted 08-08-2012 03:24 PM

Beautiful table!

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#9 posted 08-08-2012 05:06 PM

A handsome drafting table ! I like the leg work, nice finishing touches.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#10 posted 08-08-2012 08:47 PM

That is a beautiful drafting table, gorgeous wood, great design , well constructed and a beautiful finish!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 08-08-2012 09:00 PM

Beautiful looking drafting table. Great job

-- Ben from IL

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#12 posted 08-08-2012 10:34 PM

I love it. My drafting/ drawing table ( I’m an architectural illustrator) is an unfinished door supported by 2 unmatching cabinets on either side.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#13 posted 08-09-2012 02:28 AM

Wow, that is awesome work, nicely done and great selection of wood. How many hours went into the project? I haven’t had much luck with my lock miter bit…. seems like yours is dead on, very gutsy to chamfer right over the lock mitered area – did you have any open areas form? A masterpiece :-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#14 posted 08-09-2012 02:33 AM

Countless hours went into the project. Interestingly, the top surface of the table top took almost as long as building the entire rest of the drafting table. The top had to be redone about 10 times due to a variety of issues with me being unable to successfully rub out Waterlox.

I actually stopped at that part to build an elaborate spray booth which took a few months.

Once I chose spraying EM6000 as the top of the surface, I was able to rub it out successfully.

Didn’t have any open areas over the lock miters, but I practiced on multiple pieces of wood, and my Incra LS positioner and router lift helped immensely dialing it in. Truly insisted on accuracy to 0.001 inch for that part. That being said, a simple miter joint, glued solidly and then chamfered would accomplish the same thing with far less effort. I would chose that route in the future.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#15 posted 08-09-2012 02:39 AM

I would love to sit down to that table instead of a cubicle! Very nice

-- Lonnie - Peachtree Corners, GA

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