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Vennered coffee table, modern

Listing #1681   Listed on: 01/04/2009
I am a very new at this. Started building pieces only a couple of years ago. This is my 5th piece and I really would like to know what do you think of it, the design and everything else.
The table is veneered of course, the veneer is figured gaboon, some thing I found on e-bay, I just liked the pattern. For the inside of the circle I bleached the veneer and dyed it golden/yellow. The finish is water based lacquer, which I brushed. It took the longest time to finish it and I donít know how many coats I applied.

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table, the way it looks in my house, with furniture

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Posted By: sean m titmas     [01/04/2009]
very interesting design. where did the inspiration come from? the finish very nice too. what is the substrate material and how did you assemble it?

Posted By: Kalin     [01/04/2009]
Thank you,
the inspiration was complicated, it started from a bow and arrow and because of practical issues evolved into this. The substrate is bending plywood, mdf and poplar. I did assemble it using a biscuit jointer. It was a trial and error thing. I find that it is much more difficult to make your own pieces, since you don't have a book of instructions handy, but that makes it more fun

Posted By: Andy     [01/05/2009]
Very nice design... modern but has some soft lines. How many hours would you estimate you have in it?

Posted By: JimD     [01/05/2009]
That is quite spectacular.

Posted By: ChrisF     [01/05/2009]
Very different indeed. Nice job. I'd be afraid my kids would try to sit on it! Keep it up.

Posted By: Matt     [01/05/2009]
How did you conform the veneer to the inside radius, in the tube shape?

Did you use an expanding form, or some other method?

...and, NICE job!

Posted By: Art Brazee     [01/06/2009]
This is a very nice piece - well designed and nicely executed. The yellow is a nice touch. I think you could use this piece as a jumping off point to some unusual possibilities. I think if you worked on creating some tension - something unexpected, you might find something new. Great work, superbly designed and unusual. A rare combination indeed. I'd love to see the next step!

Posted By: Kalin     [01/06/2009]
Thank you so much for the compliments. It is the first time I post something that I have made and it is a great encouragement to be complimented by strangers and fellow woodworkers rather than family and friends. Thank you again

The veneer inside the radius was a challange, like the rest of the construction:) I glued it on a 1/8 bending birch. I did have the idea to use one of these exercise balls to expand the piece in the radius, but it didn't work, the ball bursted. If the radius was smaller it may have worked to create the desired pressure. I did not know what else I may use, so i clamped the whole radius and used a good amount of cauls.

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