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Old 06-27-2015, 05:55 AM
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About a year ago, I made a table for a customer. The top was ribbon sapele. After gluing and cutting to size, I returned the next day to begin smoothing it out and sanding it ready for a finish. I discovered a crack about an inch and half from one edge. I had already cut it just about to size, and thought about putting a dovetail in it, but finally decided to make another top, as I had more sapele in stock.
I took the cracked top, crosscut the crack out and leaned it against the wall...and there it stayed until now.
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Old 06-27-2015, 06:03 AM
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After over a year of leaning in my shop, I recently dragged it out and put it on my glueup bench. I was pleasantly surprised to find the top was almost totally flat and no other cracks had appeared anywhere.. Well, I thought it was about time this top had a second chance at being a table
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Old 06-27-2015, 07:41 AM
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That's very pretty Okami, can't wait to see it finished.

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Old 06-27-2015, 08:42 PM
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I'd love to be there when you put the first coat of oil on it. There's nothing like watching those ribbons come to life when the first coat of finish goes on!
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Looks like a beautiful top, Okamisan. Can hardly wait to see what you do with it!
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:36 AM
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As this project is likely to stay in my home, I wanted to use wood I have in stock and also try something new to me for the base.
I have one left over length of 8/4" walnut I want to use for this project.
I've long been a fan of Nakashima and his work, the simplicity is appealing.
I decided on making the base in the style of his Conoid Table. The angles are appealing, and with there being no top rail, I just have enough walnut
Here's a picture of Nakashima's table.
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Sapele is a wonderful wood. One of my favorites with the ribbon grain.

Should look great with the Nakashima base.

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Old 06-30-2015, 05:45 AM
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It's a beautiful table. Can't wait to see yours.
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Old 07-01-2015, 07:10 AM
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Sweet! And some fun joinery in there. I hope you'll take pictures as you go (and share them with us)!
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