David R Sochar [08/05/2014]
Craig - Very nice. You have a subtlety in your designs that we can all learn from. Attractive, endearing, but never in your face. Thanks for posting.
Craig Thibodeau [08/08/2014]
Thanks for the nice comments David.
Brent Morehouse [08/09/2014]
What a beautiful piece, elegant! The inlays compliment your wood craftsmanship.
Enrique Saucedo [08/11/2014]
Very nice piece of art.
The character of the piece is displayed in its simplicity.
Craig Thibodeau [08/11/2014]
Thanks for the comments guys, I'm glad that piece comes across as intended.
Glenn H [10/26/2014]
Beautiful table. Great lines and inlay. Question for you Craig. I'm working with a client in the design stage for an oval extension dining table out of solid cherry. 72" long by 48" wide (thus, each half is 36" long x 48" wide). Since it is an extension table the wood grain is running across the width and not the length. The client would like similar inlayed banding on the top a couple inches in around the perimeter of each half (either holly, maple, ebony, walnut, etc.). Similar to how you did the holly on this table. I'm worried about the seasonal expansion and contraction of the top in relation to the banding (especially the banding that runs perpendicular to the cherry grain) and potential for the banding to buckle or crack as the cherry expands and contracts in a different direction. What were your thoughts on this for the holly at the ends of your table top? That would stretch almost 36" going across the cherry grain? Different species and different grain direction. I'm new to inlay so am worried about doing this type of inlay on solid material, etc. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
Craig Thibodeau [10/27/2014]
Glenn, you could make the cross grain inlay from shorter pieces butted together so they can move individually or break up the inlay into shorter strips with a gap between the pieces. There was an article in Fine Woodworking magazine a few years ago by Michael Fortune that covered some of these issues with inlay. It had some interesting ideas and you can probably download it from their website.
I don't see why the wood grain would need to run in one direction versus the other because it is an extension table. I have seen solid tables going both directions and they seem to work fine.
Glenn H [10/27/2014]
Thanks Craig for the response. Very helpful. I'll check out that Michael Fortune article as well.