Mark ( on November 30th, 2008

Usually, I do not design pieces with very contemporary styling.  However, when I was asked to design and build a table for my brother-in-laws vacation home, I knew that I would need to change course a bit from the more traditional.  My brother-in-law and his wife’s tastes lean a bit more toward the contemporary side.   […]

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Mark ( on December 9th, 2008

With the rough stock for this table acclimated to my shop for a week or so, I started this project as I usually do, by viewing all of the stock and marking out all of the components for best grain use, etc. I then broke down the rough stock into more manageable, slightly oversize, pieces. […]

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Mark ( on December 27th, 2008

With the legs for the table complete, I set my aim toward making the top.  I did not have any stock wide enough to accommodate the top in a single piece so, I needed to glue two boards together. In this case I used two rough boards about 6 inches wide to create the top.  […]

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Mark ( on January 6th, 2009

With the top and the legs completed I moved on to make the aprons for the table.  The stock was already cut to rough width and length so, the first order of business was to  it bring the lengths to finished dimension. However, you may recall, the design for this table calls for the legs […]

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Mark ( on January 17th, 2009

All of the table components were completed so, it was now time to tackle milling and installing the string inlay. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this table is going into a house with very dark wood floors. Because of this, I chose Hard Maple for the main wood to provide contrast with the […]

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