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Jellyfish Table #1: Sketchup Design

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Blog entry by Blake posted 1896 days ago 3308 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend of mine has been telling me for a while that he had shown his parents my website and that they love my work and wanted me to make them something.

Well they eventually contacted me and commissioned me to make a table for them.

They bought a lamp from an artist named Brian Giambastiani, which looks like a Jellyfish. The head, which illuminates, is made of blown glass, and the tentacles are copper wire. It is about 40” tall.

So my challenge was to build a table that would compliment the lamp. Now keep in mind, my client’s home is very eclectic in style, with lots of different colors, curves, shapes, and textures. She loves things that are other than ordinary, and practically every piece of furniture in the house is an individual art piece.

So this is the design I came up with, and she loved it…

I plan to use blue aniline die on the figured maple top to make the grain “pop” like an electric guitar. It will finish something like this: (random guitar photo from the internet)

This is what it will look like in my client’s home with a simulated Jellyfish lamp sitting on it. It is going to sit in a little alcove by the front entranceway…

Feel free to post comments. I will blog the whole building process.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com



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pommy

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#1 posted 1896 days ago

Looks Sweet mate and your getting good on the whole SU design cant wait to see the finished peice

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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Damian Penney

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#2 posted 1896 days ago

Looking forward to seeing this one take shape Blake, cool design, did you consider doing something with the profile of the apron (similar to the edge of the top)? Might be too busy but something to chew on.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Rustic

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#3 posted 1896 days ago

and to think that you were going to give it all up. Looks great man

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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majeagle1

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#4 posted 1896 days ago

Wow, neat Blake….......... can’t wait to see the finished product. Those legs are going to be a challenge????

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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John Ormsby

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#5 posted 1896 days ago

HI BLake, Very nice design. I think you will have captured the feel of the jellyfish. Please post photos when you are finished or during the process.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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blockhead

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#6 posted 1895 days ago

Great design Blake. I’m betting the table will surpass the jellyfish piece. What do you plan on making the legs from?

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

#7 posted 1895 days ago

Jelly, of course!

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 1895 days ago

The table going to be a challenge to build but I think you can do it.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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jcees

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#9 posted 1895 days ago

Extraordinary! Very nicely rendered. I’m sure your eclectic client will be just a pleased with the final result. Nice going, Blake.

always,
J.C.

-- 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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a1Jim

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#10 posted 1895 days ago

That’s a wild one cool design.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jon3

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#11 posted 1891 days ago

Good looking design Blake!

Are you planning to make the tentacles all uniform in position and shape, or are you going unique with them?

There was a similar multi-legged table with unique legs on the back cover of FWW at some point this year. I can’t for the life of me remember when though.

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SCOTSMAN

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#12 posted 1891 days ago

Sorry the jelly fish just definitely doesn’t do it for me but your table will be nice I have a book with a similar table in it with metal legs , it looks great my 2 cents Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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bfd

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#13 posted 1886 days ago

Blake,

Your creativity never seizes to amaze me. I think you captured the essence of the light without being too literal. I cannot wait to see you blog this one. Especially the legs and the finish work on this.

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