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My wife spent her adult life working with severely mentally and physically disabled 14 to 21yr old kids. At 5', 115lbs she is a tiny thing. In late 2012 she was attacked by one of her students, he was over 6' and about 250. He jumped on her back, choked her and took her to the ground. The result of the attack was a concussion, broken back and ended her career. She has recovered but the long term result is that she cannot stand for longer than 20 minutes, and that will never change. While she was working full time, raising me and the kids, with a few classes, she taught herself to be a gourmet chef and loves to cook. That works out well for me because I love to eat. But because of her back she can't spend the time it takes to make a meal on her feet. Since I still like to eat, and she still likes to cook, I made a kitchen island that she can sit at, rest her legs, and do her magic. I used Marc Spagnuolo's sculpted table as a guide: https://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/vid...le-table-pt-1/
This was my first attempt a sculpting, and it turned out ok, but it was more difficult than I thought it would be. Anyway here it is. Wood is sapele, joinery is loose MandT. I shaped an aluminum bar to fit a chamfer on the bottom rail, had it powder coated to match the finish and attached it with 3 brass screws. This allows her to rest her feet on the rail and not mar the wood. The finish is 5 coats of clear shellac, sanded between coats, and then 5 coats of lacquer, with the final coat "wet" sanded with a 5000 grit pad and lacquer.
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beautiful!!!!

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That is a very nice piece of work, Bob! At a quick glance, I'm not sure I would have noticed the powder coated foot rest if you had not mentioned it - good color match. Hate to hear that about your wife but glad she's turned that into something useful for your family. How long did your project take?

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Nice looking table and a well done project. Like David, I never would have noticed the powder coated rail if you hadn't pointed it out. Very clever camouflage.
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That is a very nice piece of work, Bob! At a quick glance, I'm not sure I would have noticed the powder coated foot rest if you had not mentioned it - good color match. Hate to hear that about your wife but glad she's turned that into something useful for your family. How long did your project take?

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Thanks for the kind words, it took twice as long as it should have. I started it in beech, had a monster blow out at the router table and had to start over. Really glad it happened though the sapele is a much prettier wood. Once I had the templates made it went fairly quick. I didn't track the hours, but guessing around 35-40 total.
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That is really nice, one of a kind for sure
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Bob - sorry to hear about your wife's incident - that should never happen to anyone.
The table is absolutely gorgeous.
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I agree with everyone above sorry to hear about your wife's indecent, makes me angry just hearing about that. You did a great job on the table and you really did make that sapele grain stand out. Your sculpturing turned out good too.
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VERY nice. Likely you would have no problem selling if you decide to make more.

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That top is to die for. Fantastic what one can do for his Wife when things go adrift.
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