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Power Carving The “Dune” End Table // How To – Woodworking

I built a power carved “dune” end table from oak, aluminum & glass while hanging out w/ the Modern Maker podcast guys! // Save 5% on HVAC filters with a subscription at ! Thanks to Filter Buy for sponsoring this video.

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Red Oak :
1 ½” Aluminum Flat Bar :
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Powermatic 15HH Planer :
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As you might have noticed from the intro, I didn’t build this project in my shop, but instead built this at my buddy Chris Salomone from Foureyes Furniture’s shop. My friends at Rockler wanted me to do a few in-store events recently, and I figured I’d use it as an opportunity to head out to California and hang with the Modern Maker Podcast guys: Chris from Foureyes Furniture, Mike from Modern Builds, and Ben from Homemade Modern.

I decided to try something I’ve had on my list for a long time while I was in Chris’ shop, and that was power carving one of these organic, flowing pieces. I first saw these types of pieces on Instagram, specifically on @nugeandwood and @pocketsfullofsawdust’s accounts, and I immediately loved the look.

To start this project, I needed to get a blank glued up, and I decided to use Red Oak for this build, which I picked up while I was at Rockler at my in-store events, and all you’ve seen me doing up to this point was prepping the boards for the glue up. Realistically, I probably could have skipped the milling process here since this board was already S3S, but I find milling kind of relaxing.

Anyway, once the pieces were nice and square, I glued them up.

The other blank I needed was for the base, which I made from two layers of ¾” Baltic Birch plywood, and I got those glued up and added some brad nails to help hold the pieces in place while the glue dried. I was also strategic about where I put my nails, as I didn’t with my router bit to hit them in the next step.

Speaking of the next step, next I hopped into Easel, the free software that comes with the Inventables X-Carve CNC, to model up a quick design for the table top and base. I saw something similar, with vertical legs made from metal flat bar, attached to a circular top and base with little bump outs, and I figured it would work perfectly with this style of table top.

I modeled the design up in Easel in a few minutes and then headed over to the X-Carve.

I always like to do a quick test cut on a scrap piece of plywood on these types of builds, just to make sure everything looks good before cutting into hardwood.

Since the test cut looked good, I proceeded with the real deal, first working on the bottom piece. I decided to add a hole in the center of the base to lighten up the look a bit.

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