Sapele hall table with bookmatched Ash veneer top

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Project by woodn posted 03-25-2014 06:04 PM 4249 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what happens when someone gives you a 2×8 ash plank with some heartwood in it. I thought I would use it to practice resawing some veneer. When that worked, I thought I would try gluing it up and bookmatching it. That worked also. So then I had to use it somehow. The veneer was sawn and surfaced to about 3/32” and glued to an mdf core (with ash veneer backing as well), in a vacuum press. The cross piece on the bottom was also cut from the ash plank and glued up so that the heartwood was centered within the sapwood. This is the result. I am very happy with it, but don’t know what I’m going to do with it. I sell my boxes on etsy all the time, but am not sure about shipping something this size, and I have already “saturated” our house with self-built pieces.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 06:28 PM

Looks great. The two woods look good together and your execution looks excellent.

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 10:40 PM

very nice table Bob, the veneer on the table top is beautiful. The whole table in general is an excellent piece of furniture and well crafted. Great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 12:22 AM

Excellent execution Bob, and a beautiful table. What technique did you use to cut the veneer and surface it?

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#4 posted 03-26-2014 12:39 AM

Nicely done : ) Great wood combination and design.

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 03:19 AM

Brad. I cut the veneer on the band saw using the Highland Woodworking Slicer blade. (1”). I then ran the sheets thru the drum sander to smooth them and bring each to a uniform thickness.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 03-26-2014 04:43 AM

This is just beautiful. I am planning on making some more tables when my new shop is up and running and this will be in my thoughts- and favorites! I have some bookmatched and figured Siberian Elm that I have been saving. Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 03-26-2014 10:49 AM

This is a beautiful piece! Shipping it would be way to expensive, I’d at very least post it to craigslist. If you have FB, see if there is a local buy/sell page, or a “handcrafted for sale” page. Someone would be very happy to have that amazing table in their house. I would.

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#8 posted 03-26-2014 12:22 PM

Lovely table.

-- Gary, Florida

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#9 posted 03-26-2014 12:28 PM

that looks really nice, great job on the top and the bookmatching.

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#10 posted 03-26-2014 01:31 PM


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#11 posted 03-26-2014 01:32 PM

Nice work. Sometime this fall, my first load of ash should finally be as dry as it’s going to get. I can’t wait to dig into it.

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#12 posted 03-26-2014 01:37 PM

You did a really nice job on this table.

If packaged correctly (foam corners and wrapped in bubble) you could pack it in a custom sized box and ship it UPS without much trouble.

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#13 posted 03-26-2014 01:58 PM

very nice table – great work!

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#14 posted 03-26-2014 03:27 PM

great looking table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#15 posted 03-26-2014 03:55 PM

I would never have thought about that wood combination but it is just a beautiful ‘match’. Excellent job with the heartwood orientation.

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