Jellyfish Table #3: Legs and Base

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Blog entry by Blake posted 06-28-2009 09:52 PM 4054 reads 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Getting Started... I found my Lumber! Part 3 of Jellyfish Table series Part 4: Making The Oval »


When I left off I had cut most of the strips. That was a very tedious job and I broke it up over several days (over 80 total).

I finally got to the point where I could start bending my laminations. Here is the “dry” trial run:

Here are the strips laid out to apply the glue. I had to mix the special glue made for laminations:

And here is the first glued up leg in the form:

After about three days I had all eight legs. Some of them are still wrapped in the plastic that keeps them from sticking to the form:

My gluing form doubled as a jig for positioning the legs on my Radial Arm Saw bench to trim the ends. This ensures that each leg is exactly the same height and the feet are flat on the floor.

I ran them through the planer to clean up the faces:

Then I used my spindle sander to clean up the sides:


The “Octagon” is the structure underneath the tabletop that the legs attach to.

I set my saw to the magic number 22.5 deg to cut the eight sides. It came out perfectly the first time, I guess I got lucky.

Then I set up my “tenon sled” on the tablesaw with a single dado blade and cut the slots for the keys:

I planed some maple stock to make the keys:

And cut them to length:

Here is the Octagon all glued up:

This thickness sander is new to my shop and this is the first time I had a chance to really use it. It worked great for cleaning up glue and truing the top and bottom of the Octagon.

My first sneak peak at the base of the table!

The joint between the legs and the Octagon needs to be very strong, since they are only connected in one place. So I plan on cutting a curved slot on each side of the Octagon to accept each leg.

I made a pattern/jig for my router to rout out the channels. This allowed each channel to be in exactly the same location and same angle so I don’t have a wobbly table:

Here is the leg set into the channel:

The finished Octagon with leg channels:

The legs glued and clamped to the Octagon… I plan on adding either dowels or screws to each joint for extra reinforcement later:

I couldn’t resist…

Now All I need to do is make the bent-lamination Oval-shaped apron, and dye/finish the table top.

About 19.5 more hours. Total building time so far: 28.5 hours

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 06-28-2009 09:58 PM

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#2 posted 06-28-2009 09:59 PM


As I read the previous posts, I was wondering how you were going to clamp the parts together- Nice!!

Clamping techniques always give me trouble- thanks for the ideas.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-28-2009 10:46 PM

Boffo Blake-man! And very nicely documented too I might add. It’s a beautiful thing.


-- 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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#4 posted 06-28-2009 10:51 PM

That’s so cool! I almost got seasick…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#5 posted 06-29-2009 02:22 AM

Blake A great job and very inventive in the creation.

-- 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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#6 posted 06-29-2009 02:36 AM

You make it look easy. Very cool, thanks…................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 06-29-2009 02:39 AM

lookin great

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 06-29-2009 02:54 AM

Your blog is very informative and easy to follow, thank you! The table is going to look great


-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#9 posted 06-29-2009 03:08 PM

I’m constantly impressed by how efficiently you turn out these pieces. Great table, and great blog.

-- 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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#10 posted 06-29-2009 08:09 PM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 06-29-2009 10:31 PM

Blake looking very cool nice to see the process from SU to this stage can’t wait to see the top go on and the finishing process


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

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#12 posted 06-29-2009 10:34 PM

Looks great Blake.Cool design can’t wait to see final project!!!

-- Scott NM,

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#13 posted 06-30-2009 12:20 AM

This is going to be a cool table!

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#14 posted 06-30-2009 12:44 AM

Reminds me of War of the Worlds.

You do great work Blake.

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#15 posted 06-30-2009 03:18 AM

Yeah, War of the Worlds!! That is one unique design!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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