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So my plans took a back seat to SWMBO's again. I had to go pick up a convertible sofa table that her mother wanted to get rid of. The table is form the 1930's and in very rough shape. I took it apart (damn slotted screws), pulled the 2 1/2" roofing nails (previous repair), glued and screwed it back together (damn slotted screws!). Unfortunately I had to add a few screws to hold everything tight (just until the glue dries). Luckily none of the nail holes or new screws can be seen without flipping the thing over.
The plywood inlay (1/8"?) top is beyond reapir, delaminted and a large piece broken off. So I am probably going to try and replace the top. The inlay covers most of the top and is about 16" x 60" with the bookmatched grain in a diamond pattern like so:
/ / / / / / / \ \ \ \ \ \ \ / / / / / / \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ / / / / / / / \ \ \ \ \ \ / / / / / / /
I think that you would get this by slicing a board into 4 pieces and flipping/turning them to get the pattern, but what is the term for this? Where would I find something like this? I am in NJ and don't even know where to buy lumber (went to ten places just to find 5/4 poplar).
Any help would be appreciated.
For any purists,I doubt this table has any antique value. It was a give away with a dining room set and appears to be a mixture of pine, oak and maybe mahogany
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RayV wrote:

Resaw? Diamond bookmatch? _____________

Veneer? Constantines. http://216.105.59.114/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category 6
Especially the matched faces... http://216.105.59.114/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category 3
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RayV wrote:

I've heard it called 4-way bookmatch, but our president says nucular, so there you have it.
-Phil Crow
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Not a purist, but ... don't write off the value completely. I managed to acquire an old desk, one of those with all the cubbies and fancy drawer handles, etc etc. I found a date on it, apparently a delivery date, of xx-unreadable-xx37. In the 50's, it was ending up its life as a table in a gas station, the hutch part going to a bon fire one evening may years ago, so the story goes. The one fine evening someone lowered a big ol' Buick straight-8 on it, and, well, the desk just laid down! The solid wood top though, didn't break or split. It lived thru the crash, but the rest of it turned to firewood pretty much. Even most of the drawers survived in tact, acting as levers to pull th erest of it apart. My brother in law got hold of it and between a bunch of bondo and other repair materials, and a very dark stain, managed to make it look pretty good again. It lived in elegance in their farm house until the late 90's when he died. Meanwhile it did duty at my nephews for a few years until it was just too big and ugly for their tastes, whereupon my sister took it back as a computer desk. But it was too big, front to back. So I made her a new computer desk, to her own specs, which she really loves. It came out pretty good and I managed to match the other furniture fairly well with it. Since I wouldn't take payment for it, she gave me the old desk. I took it, cannibalized its internals to get matching pieces of wood to do the visible repair areas, removed all the bondo et al, and scraped it all down to the bare wood. I had never seen an all solid-wood piece of furniture before; it was interesting. The only repair problems I had was the fancy wooden drawer handles, most of which were badly broken and missing pieces. Fortunately two were in perfect condition, so a little sawdust, some wood putty and my late Mother's dremyl tool put those back together into pretty good shape. They stained fine, too! It's gorgeous! Shortening the story a little now, first an auctioneer offered me $400 for it. Then a neighbor $700. Then, a guy who tried to get it from my sister before I got it, and offered her $650, called me and offered me $1200 when he saw it. No activity since, though <g>. This is a small rural area here. BTW, I'm typing on it now; it'd hold several straight-8's now! I wonder what I'd have if I had all the pieces? <G> I also have an old pump organ out on the back porch waiting to be worked on; it's in tact except the mirror is broken; even the leather's still soft in the bellows! Or, it was, last time I looked. Hmm, better go check that out!
When I'm gone, those goes to my daughter and her family. But that was a pretty good inflation for a freebie that could no longer stand up to the weight of a straight-8 resting on it. Oh, and I forgot to mention the falling down a stairwar coming out of the home on the way to the gas station.
Life is just plain good sometimes.
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...and when ya add it all up... absolutely priceless! Very nice piece, it ought to be published.
Thank you.
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