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08-08-2019, 07:05 AM

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Amazing work. What is the deal on the light? Custom made too?
Yes also by Mark
  
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08-08-2019, 08:19 AM

Wow!
Just Wow!
That is gorgeous work and PF is not easy to work with. Wonderful material, heavy, dense, and surprisingly chippy when working it.

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Was that wood an option on the original table,
Pau Ferro is not a true rosewood, but is often advertised as "Bolivian Rosewood" and it is a good representation to Brazilian when finished as in the table. It is probably harder than BR, or seems so to me. Brazilian is almost impossible to get in those sizes, enough for a complete table. PF does smell like Cocobola which is a true rosewood. I believe the original Centennials could be had with rosewood rails. Never looked quite that good, though.

I've got a pile of PF stashed for rails on a 1927 BBC that has split rosewood rail caps on it. Don't imagine it will come out as good as table shown, but what an inspiration if i can ever get to it!

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08-08-2019, 08:35 AM

That's what I'm talking about... my favorite table!
Just fookin' beautiful.. the wood is the nuts
  
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08-08-2019, 08:41 AM

I had to give up my Centennial when we moved to AZ, really miss it and it was no where as nice as this one.
  
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08-08-2019, 09:05 AM

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Someday when Mark quits, these tables are going to be collectibles.
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08-08-2019, 10:18 AM

So cool, nice work.
  
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08-08-2019, 10:25 AM

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I think they already are.
True that.
We know everyone here who can't afford it would get one if they won the lotto.
First thing I'd get.


  
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amazing! - 08-08-2019, 10:49 AM

Although, did you steal my idea for the custom light!? LOL See below...
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08-08-2019, 11:13 AM

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08-08-2019, 11:16 AM

Can someone explain what's going on here? Is he stripping the wood off and replacing it with all new wood? What other alterations are being made?
  
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08-08-2019, 11:27 AM

Is the new wood on the rails a veneer, or newly made pieces altogether?

Absolutely amazing.


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08-08-2019, 11:35 AM

I'll try; Mark building the rails from scratch, replacing the original rails. He also builds a new, matching ball box from scratch. He replaces the original pedestal veneers with the matching wood. He buffs and polishes the original aircraft aluminum removing any scratches. The structure and slate are original but he does add support members to the structure.

Before making any of these beauties, he restored these tables retaining the original wood but did his magical rail work. He still does this depending on customer wishes.

One final point; the finish he uses on the rails is a tedious process of layer/cure/sand/repeat. The result is a very protective finish that protects the wood from scratches and dings. The finish is glossy and hard...almost like glass. You could literally bang a cue on the rail in a tantrum and not damage the underlying wood. The break end rail on my table looks just like all the others after 1000's of racks.
  
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08-08-2019, 01:44 PM

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Is the new wood on the rails a veneer, or newly made pieces altogether?

Absolutely amazing.
No veneers on rails. They are hand made with 3/8 cap wood. See pics
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08-08-2019, 01:49 PM

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No veneers on rails. They are hand made with 3/8 cap wood. See pics
Amazing work.
And someone argued with Mark saying there is no market for that kind of work.


  
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Amazing work.
And someone argued with Mark saying there is no market for that kind of work.
Yup and they argued from a position of ignorance that ultimately lead to Mark being banned from AZ which is the only reason I'm posting on his behalf. Think about it; it was like arguing with Henry Ford that an assembly line wouldn't increase productivity.
  
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