My wife asked me to make her a Coffee Table for Christmas. I thought that this would be a nice easy project to spend some time on, so I asked her if she had any ideas about the design. She said in fact she had seen a “beautiful table” in a magazine and produced a picture of Paul Schurch’s Ribbon Table that she had found in one of my design magazines from Fine Woodworking. I had to explain that I really didn’t have the expertise to produce something of that nature as I had never veneered before and had only very limited experience at bent laminations. But, my wife asks for so little I thought that I would give it a try and so 172 pieces and 2 1/2 months of my spare time later it was finally finished and with 2 days to spare!