We completed the structural part of our table by fastening the substrate to the under side with 1 5/8″ wood screws. We reinforced the perimeter with an additional 2″ x 3/4″ plywood ring…notice the concentric circle pattern of screws on 6″ centers. We laminated an additional walnut ring 1 1/8″ x 2″ that is attached to the 2″ ring for a finished appearance. This ring was also mounted to the walnut top using 2 1/2″ woodscrews.
Next we cut the components for our inlays from black ebony. We milled the ebony to a thickness of 7/16 to fit in our 3/8″ deep pocket. This leaves our inlay slightly higher than the table surface. This allows us to sand all componets flush with the top for a perfect fit. We glued and clamped the components and allowed 24 hours for curing.
Next we removed all clamps and sanded the ebony inlays flush with the table surface.
We will finish our table top with an outer ring 1 3/8″ tall by 1 1/4″ deep. The next two pictures depict the machining of the outer ring components and the finished top with outer band applied.