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How to get this look?

My wife and I have been watching the popular show "Scandal". If any of you watch it, I'm sure you've noticed the conference room table. I was curious as to how to get this effect? I assume it is like building a butcher block piece with different types of wood. Is this thought correct? What types of wood does this look like to you? I was thinking of maybe trying a smaller version o this table. Thanks!!



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post #2 of 13 Old 04-01-2014, 04:02 PM
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Could be it's not really wood.





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Looks a bit like finger jointed stuff from the hardware store , but the really really cheap crud , made from assorted scraps
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If I wanted to do the same look with sawmill lumber what would I use?
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Hardwood offcuts , well machined offcuts and a lot of good glue
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I saw a similar table on a facebook woodworking site or some other blog the other day that some guy made out of pallet wood. Obviously a hell of a lot of time with the planer and a sander, and I'm guessing he glued to MDF or Plywood for strength.
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Easiest way to do this (IMHO) wold be to get bundles of 2 contrasting hardwood floor species, make sure they're dry and uniform width and glue them up.
They come tongue and grooved for easy alignment.
In the picture, (which may be real or maybe a phenolic-backed laminate) there is an edge-band using the darker color.
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To me it looks like hickory and walnut. The picture isn't clear enough to really guess what species of wood the table is made from. I don't see it really matters. All you would need to do is mix some light and dark colors of woods you like. Since you probably don't have the equipment to actually finger joint the boards end to end I would at least tongue and groove them.
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That could even be flooring vinyl , and not timber at all
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Does your wife really like it or is she just being a good wife aNd nodding her head. We wood heads tend to get carried away with wood grain and if you took a pole you'd probably find we are the only ones that really give two hoots about this kind of look. Same goes for the bow tie fixes I'd slabs.

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The former owner of the home I live in was a woodworker also. He made the top for the kitchen island in that same manner. He used a plywood base, and varied widths on top of that. I like it, but he used a lot of wood filler in some spaces. The top measures 64" X 37". The edge banding is 2" wide and 3/4" thick. The wood is all red and white oak. The center has a 26" X 16" area of spalted oak going 90 to the rest of the top. If the island top was not so cluttered with stuff, it seems to be my catch-all spot in the house; I would take a pic.
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I saw a table somewhere like that. The boards had been put together using a finger joint bit on a router. It looks like the one in your photo has a frame of some sort applied to it to keep the joints from showing.

Engineered flooring on a plywood back would probably be a lot easier, though.
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The engineered flooring with a substrate and edge-banding would be more durable and probably fool most people, but probably not most of the people on this forum.
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