Coopered Coffee Table #1: Sketchup Design

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Blog entry by Blake posted 07-17-2009 02:53 AM 4489 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I came home with an amazing piece of figured maple from Global Wood Source (an impulse buy) when I bought the stock for my Jellyfish Table.

I have been playing around with Sketchup to figure out how to use it and I came up with this design. Brian was asking me about it so I thought I would post it. Let me know what you think. I have some 8/4 Walnut that I can use for the legs.

I plan to incorporate wedged tenons that show off the curve through the table top. Also I will resaw the 2” thick maple slab to get bookmatched top panels.

Here is a variation with curves cut in the legs. Is it too much?

Comments welcome.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 07-17-2009 02:59 AM

This is an interesting design, Blake. I tend to like the second model. Removing material from the legs tends to lighten the appearance of the table.

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#2 posted 07-17-2009 03:13 AM

Blake I think it’s time you had kids so you can stop showing me up by how productive you are :)

I like the design a lot and think I like it without the cutouts – it reminds me of this David Marks piece

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#3 posted 07-17-2009 03:17 AM


I agree with Scott. I like the second design a little more. I think it makes the piece a little more graceful and less “block like”


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#4 posted 07-17-2009 04:58 AM .great design

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#5 posted 07-17-2009 05:03 AM

the 2nd design flows better, matches the legs more with the top whereas the 1st seems like something doesnt match well.

is it coopered though (like a barrel – middle diameter is larger than edge diameter)? or just rounded leg base?

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#6 posted 07-17-2009 05:26 AM

Hi Blake, Exactly what I envisioned when you were describing this to me yesterday on the phone. What is wild is that as you were decribing this piece the David Marks coppered piece that Damian references was what also popped into my mind. I am in agreement with Damian on liking the one without the cut out but I think I would make the curve more gracefull and less severe (less of a half circle and more like what DM did. I think that would help it look less massive. I love the way the top is bookmatched and separated I think it adds tension and drama as do the through wedged tenons. Man you are on a roll! This would definitely show off that figured maple off and do it the justice it deserves.

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#7 posted 07-17-2009 05:51 AM

The short sides of the glass top of the Marks table mimics the plan shape of the the coopered supports. This gesture attempts (not completely successfully in my opinion) to formally integrate the glass top with the wood supports. I would suggest you might want the top of your design to some how reflect the geometry of the base. Also, I assume the small triangle that is formed at the bottom of the base where the two curves meet is a result of how you produced the model in sketchup and will not be in the actual piece.

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#8 posted 07-17-2009 07:59 AM

I too like the 2nd one, but I’d consider making the ‘bite’ a little less agressive.

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#9 posted 07-17-2009 01:10 PM

Blake, I vote for the first design. The scallops on the second version are trying too hard and steal the thunder from the rest of the piece. Nice work.


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#10 posted 07-17-2009 03:22 PM

Rita and I were looking and we like the first one more.

I think the second would work too if the scallop was not as severe.

The top could also have a slight curve in it to go with design #1,but ever so gently.

This is a great design because you can do variations on a theme.

The choice is yours!

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#11 posted 07-17-2009 05:35 PM

Hi Blake, I vote for the 1st one also and agree with Brian regarding the less severe curve. Either way though,
they are both awesome designs and will beautiful, like all of your work. You are a true master !!

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#12 posted 07-18-2009 10:46 AM

I also agree with the latter LJ’s. A less aggressive more elegant curve would be beautiful. Whatever you decide, I know it will be another winner!

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#13 posted 07-20-2009 02:41 AM

Going to be a cool table, Blake!

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