Makore Table Enlarged


We started with a 52 inch square table. 3 years later, the center part of the table, made of solid Makore, shrink and expanded and cracked away from the border of the table. AND our friends moved into a new house that make the 52 inch square table obsolete. With the love of the design, we rebuilt the table 42 inches by 8 feet. And this time we built a vacuum press and made veneered Makore for the center. The outside is hard maple and between the center and the maple is Wenge.

We cut the old table in half to harvest the wood for the new enlarged table.

This is absolutely a lesson in wood shrinking and expanding over time. This time (knock on wood!) it will never move. I’d love opinions and questions.



I think every ww at some point has discovered the hard way the cruel reality of wood movement. I don’t know any way of framing solid wood that won’t end in tears! The veneer looks great and will never move enough to disturb the border.

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

I think you did the right thing.

Mike, an American living in Norway


What an elegant transformation!


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

oh! just…. Wow. ;-)

Might As Well Dance :

Absolutely beautiful!

Steve Gaskins

Way to go! Gorgeous renovation.

Wow these is perhaps the most impressive table I’ve ever seen,amazingly beautiful. Fantastic work Ellen.

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

wow an incredible table. well done.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Very nice table.

Main Street to the Mountains

You did a good job on it. I would never have known it was rebuilt. 

James McIntyre

Beautiful table! That makore veneer is gorgeous, as is the finish you applied.
So nice you were able to reuse it.

Lovely table…incredible grain pattern! Sorry to hear that you learned about opposing grain joinery the hard way…I assure you, you’re not the only one! Water under the bridge…a wonderful “save”…and knowledge attained is always a silver lining.

Impressive and thumbs up approved… ; ) 

If I didn’t laugh at myself, I’d lose my mind.