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This was a project at school (woodschool.org) that required curved and veneered parts. The legs are bent laminations, tapered two ways. I resawed each lamination, 5 in total, from riftsawn walnut, then tapered each lamination before gluing them back together (last photo).

Both the table top and the bottom tray are veneered with shop sawn veneers. The top is pretty straightforward, but the bottom tray is curved with the corners pulled up a bit more than the sides. This was done with 9 veneers in the vacuum bag over the inverse form of the tray.


The photo shows the first round where I veneered 7 layers, each perpendicular to the next over the form in the back of the photo. I built the tray in two rounds so that I could clean up the edges, hide the veneer layers with lipping and the final round overlaid the top and bottom fully with veneer.

The finish was multiple coats of Deft Oil with the last two coats burnished with a grey scotch bright pad.

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Wow. That is an impressive piece.
I really like it.

Good job,
Steve
 

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What craftsman ship. That's pure art. Beautiful work. That must be a super school and you are a super student
 

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Very nice piece and craftsmanship. The legs really stand out to me with their unique shape and delicate look of bent wood and curves. Tres cool.
 

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A totally unique design well done
 

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I'm impressed. Very beautiful table.
 

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Very slick.
 

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A beautiful piece of furniture and design…. really well executed…
 

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Not to be repetitive, but this truly is beautifully. A really classy piece of art/furniture.
 

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Wonderful design and execution . . . and your description is extremely well written. Thanks for sharing such an impressive accomplishment.

L/W
 

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Great wood, good form.
You mention tapering each ply before gluing up, how did you do that consistently? A slanting sled on a planer? By hand? I get that laminating with tapered parts avoids cut-lines but I am intimidated to go from 3/16 to 3/32 along 30-40 inches of leg. What was your approach?
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Thanks for all of the nice comments. ChrisMc45 - I built a tapering sled that I ran through the planer to be sure each was consistently tapered and parallel. Be sure to mill test parts and don't be afraid to rebuild the sled if need be.
 
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