Guy’s Woodshop: Sunburst Table

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Generally as a part of my design course of I additionally construct scale
fashions so I can higher visible how the piece will look. Right here is
a photograph of the mannequin.

First, let me introduce myself. My title is Man Dunlap, and I
have been a woodworker for lengthy as I can keep in mind. I fell in
love with the craft once I was in junior highschool, and I
have been constructing furnishings since. I handled woodworking as a
pastime for a few years, after which within the late 1990s I opened my
personal store and began a enterprise making customized furnishings. Whereas
I loved the liberty and achievement it gave me, it was not as
financially rewarding as I hoped it will be. So after a number of
years of attempting very arduous to make it work, I noticed I’d
have to return to an everyday job and make furnishings as a pastime
once more.

Lately, Ben Strano at Superb Woodworking contacted me and requested
if I’d be enthusiastic about doing a visitor weblog for the Superb
Woodworking web site. I’ve been a subscriber of the journal
and web site for a few years, and have drawn a variety of inspiration
and discovered many strategies from Superb Woodworking, so after all
I noticed this as an awesome alternative.

My spouse determined that she needed me to construct a desk that can
sit between two chairs in our household room. The piece would want
to have a 24-in.-dia. spherical tabletop and be about 26 in. excessive.
After a few tough (very tough) sketches, I got here up with a
design and materials choice, then acquired approval from my design
guide (my pretty spouse, Judy) to maneuver ahead with the

The highest shall be a sunburst design utilizing some spectacular cherry
crotch veneer and curly maple veneer for the border and edge.
Because the prime goes to be the point of interest of the piece, I
shall be utilizing shopsawn flat-cut maple veneer for the skirt. I
was additionally very fortunate to search out in my lumber rack some eight/four maple
inventory with some very good, straight grain that I may pull the
legs from. The legs can even be turned spherical with only a few
further particulars in order not to remove from the highest.

I began looking for articles that match
the challenge, and would additionally permit me to strive some new
strategies. The primary was an article by Mark Arnold “How-To
Veneer a Sunburst
.” It slot in properly with my design, and
offers me a possibility to construct on a few of my expertise working
with veneer. I’ve labored with veneer earlier than, however not at this
degree, so it’s actually going to problem me.

Because the skirt of my desk must be completely spherical,
laminating the skirt isn’t an possibility due to having to deal
with springback. I discovered an article by Kirt Kirkpatrick,
Curves from Layers of Blocks
,” detailing a technique of
“bricking” the skirt. I’ve seen this methodology earlier than, nonetheless I
have by no means tried it. The article lays out in nice element
the way to carry out the method and gave me the boldness to make use of
this methodology for this construct. I shall be doing a number of issues
otherwise, however the primary course of is identical.

With the design work executed, and with the supplies in hand, I’m
excited to start out this construct. I shall be posting common progress
of the construct on my Instagram account and in addition posting
educational movies on my YouTube channel. I hope you’ll
observe together with me as I strive some new strategies.


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