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    Zebra wood hall table

    I've been asked to build a half oval hall table for a good friend out of zebra wood. I've never used it and was wondering as to work ability and suggestions for final finish. From what I have read it does not seem to pose any major challenge, but thought I would ask the FWW crowd for things to look out for. Thanks

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    I've turned zebrawood, and found it no harder to turn than cherry. FWIW.
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    Roger


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    This jewelry box and a few turkey calls are the limit of my zebra wood experience. The box is zebra wood, wenge and blood wood. Finish is two coats of Waterlox and some renaissance wax. It worked well with both power and hand tools.
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    Started cutting up the zebra wood. Glued together three boards for top of table and three more are in the clamps, should be ready to cut the 1/2 ovals in both. Also glued up the blocks for the skirt between the 4 legs. Only the 2 shelves are zebra, the legs and supporting pieces are just pine as they will be painted. I already have the legs left from a project that never got off the ground except for the legs. What you see of the zebra (15 ft. 1x6) was $200. I think it is nice wood but a little to rich for my blood, at that price. Thought I was going to have more fun tomorrow but got a call about my broken A/C down stairs and looks I'm up the road to buy a new one. Back in the shop on Wednesday I hope.Click image for larger version. 

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    The zebrawood might be pricey, but it sure is pretty. Looking forward to watching this project.
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    Well after a disaster with the new A/C, same model but in one year the company changed the size so it did not fit in old opening. Enough about that, it is in so lets go on. Back in shop and I've cut one shelf out and sanded it (rough). Ready for it's profile with router. Second shelf glued up but will require some modifications to come. The skirt pieces are cut and sanded, still have to bevel each end to fit tight to legs. I'm kind of winging this as I go from a rough drawing. So far so good.Click image for larger version. 

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    Winging it's the only way to go.
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    Roger


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    Finally got some good time in the shop. Legs and braces all sanded and glued up. Waiting on client to get back to me on color. Top and shelf cut out and sanded. Trying to decide on finish?
    I have to finish before the 11th as we are off on vacation.
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    nice!
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    I really like the look of the zebra wood on that, nicely done!
    Darren

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