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    Cofee table and question...

    Well...

    I don't know if this the right division of our forum to post this because I still have doubts about what is "flatwork" my english vocabulary is improving a lot since I'm in this forum and its great!.

    I'm almost finished with this coffe table, I is made of Iroko wood and I’m on the process of finishing it.

    As you can see I used wedged tenons “Maloof style” of a ligther color wood to give some visual interest to a bit visually uninteristing side in my opinion.


    What is driving me nuts is the central strip of lighter coloured wood, because I do not know what to do with it. Dye it or leave it like that and wait for the natural darkening of the wood with time. It looks far better on the pictures than in reality. If it was like it appears I wouldn't mind leaving it like that.

    It disturbs me quite a bit but I might be wrong in my appreciation.

    I’d appreciate any suggestions comments that any of you will make.

    Thanks in advance and I hope you enjoy the pictures.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    Hi Tony,

    The table looks quite nice. I think the lighter center strip looks fine and, with the lighter wedged tenons, seems to tie together. I would probably leave it and allow it to darken naturally.

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    Toni, that is a great looking table. I really like the design also.

    The wood is beautiful as it is. I'm a firm believer of letting the wood show through naturally. I wouldn't change a thing, other than make sure my signature was on it somewhere.

    Karl

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    Toni, I love the design of your table. Well done! The lighter centre also bothers me a bit, but I would leave it an let aging take care of the difference.
    Cheers, Frank

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    i think its fine

    the lighter wood in the center doesnt offend me at all and i agree it looks like it belongs there with your lighter tenons showing.. let her age and come together naturally
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    Hi Tony,
    What a great table. I love the design! How did you shape the curve?

    What kind of wood is it? Looks like walnut in the pictures.

    If you want to darken the lighter wood, there are ways to do that. If you have not put a finish on it yet, just apply a dark stain and go from there. If you have a finish on already, try a coat of shellac to seal, a glaze, then another coat of shellac, then another coat of whatever finish you used over the whole table.

    If you have some scraps, try the stain/glaze on them first until you get exactly the result you want.

    By the way, "flatwork" is just anything that is not turned on a lathe.
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    very pretty table toni!....
    now i understand your question about sanding .
    on the color differences.....i prefer to leave the wood as it comes....but most of my customers want it dyed or stained to a uniform color...big help eh?
    tod
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    Hi Jesse.

    I'm glad you like it.

    Thanks for the meaning about "flatwork" at the beginning I thought it meant made out of flat boards (plywood or MD for instance).

    The wood is Iroko, and on the pics I've just put two coats of tung oil 50% thinned with white spirit. There are more coats to go but I have to let it dry.

    I have some pics of how I shaped the curve, let me downsize them and I'll post them tomorrow.

    Basically what I did is build up the thickness needed one on end of the top by gluing three more shorter strips of wood and hollow them by hand with a semicircular gouge.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    Hi Tod.

    I'm glad you jumped in, most problably I didn't explain myself when I asked about sanding; well... now you see what I was going through.

    About the color.... well I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who is dubious about the color, however customers are not woodworkers (usually), and we tend to think different than them. Don't we?
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    hey tony

    side note here,,,have yu been on that high bridge that they made? saw a pic and dont think i would relish driving over that one
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