Opposing Arch Table #1: Sketchup Design

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Blog entry by Blake posted 08-10-2008 11:16 PM 3595 reads 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been thinking about making another table lately. I had so much fun building the Sewing Table that I wanted to make something for our house. And my wife has wanted a place to put her collection of jewelry. So we came up with this idea (actually it was mostly her idea) and I started doing some designing today. This is what I came up with so far.

The idea is to make a hall table with a lifting “lid” and a hidden jewelry case underneath with lots of room for necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc.

I came up with this alternating single arch design, but I may have seen something similar elsewhere. I’m not sure. The inside will be full of movable dividers. The shelf on the bottom will appear to float since it will be suspended by brass pegs attached to the bent-lamination mahogany arches.

I plan to make the top out of the same stock I made this box top from:

And the apron and legs from the same Birch I used for the Sewing Table:

Again, I’ll be blogging the process. Let me know what you think!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 08-10-2008 11:18 PM

Blake – I have no doubt that this will be another masterpiece where we will all learn something new. Looking forward to the process.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 08-10-2008 11:31 PM

Wow, I like your design. Can’t wait to see it start comming together.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 08-10-2008 11:33 PM

Great start Blake. I really like the organizational compartments. The flowing arches are an elegant design feature. It looks nice how they intersect with the opposing arches. Also consider how this interaction of the arches will be distracted depending on how the shelf is used. Something to consider. The wood selection is outstanding. I look forward to seeing the final rendering and following the progression until the final piece is unveiled.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 08-10-2008 11:46 PM

Blake – one thing that you might consider is a sliding top. That way you do not have to remove what is on top of the table to get to the precious cargo hidden inside. I have a large secretary that has a lift top for jewelry and it very seldom gets opened because I have to remove stuff. A sliding top—- or a lift top (like a coffee table top) might be an idea.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 08-11-2008 12:43 AM

Beautiful design, I think it really pop when done.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#6 posted 08-11-2008 12:56 AM

Blake what a great collaboration between you and your wife. I really like the opposing arches in the mahogany. You are going to have fun with those bent laminations. I know I sure did on my tea cart blog. I really dig the brass pegs creating the float shelf below. One thing you may want to consider is introducing the brass somewhere else so that it ties into another detail. You could peg your mortise and tenons with brass or you could run a brass inlay on your top…actually Blake whatever you do will look great. The concealed display is very cool no one will ever know that it is a jewerly case until you show them. I am already getting excited for the blog.

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#7 posted 08-11-2008 01:16 AM

That’s gorgeous!

I REALLY need to learn Sketchup better too.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#8 posted 08-11-2008 02:47 AM

Blake a fantastic looking project. It will be fun to see this all come together. What does the Misses think?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 08-11-2008 03:58 AM

OH boy, here comes another great piece!

I can’t wait to see this one!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 08-11-2008 06:12 AM

Super design so far. I’m with Betsy on the flip top. A broad surface such as this will inevitably have something that sits on it that will have to be removed before you can access the innards. C’mon, dazzle us with a solution.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#11 posted 08-11-2008 07:05 AM

Looking good , can’t wait to see your next post.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#12 posted 08-11-2008 02:22 PM

Hi Blake I really like the overall design. I am not certain how big this table is going to be. Just think of what things ladies put on table tops, and the fact that every time they want to access their jewelry. they have to clear the table top.

Consider making the apron a little wider and making access to the “crown jewels” via a drawer. You can still conceal the drawer front, by making the whole “false” apron slide in and out.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#13 posted 08-11-2008 05:28 PM

Excellent design. I look forward to seeing the construction.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#14 posted 08-15-2008 06:54 PM

Nice drawing blake…has a playful but classy look to it… I have to agree with Tony…

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#15 posted 10-19-2008 02:40 AM

Blake that is going to be a nice table.

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