Iroko & Sycamore Table

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Blog entry by ByronBlack posted 10-02-2007 07:58 PM 1168 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all. I wanted to introduce myself and present all you fellow ‘jocks with my current project. It’s a little design I’ve had whirling around my head for some time. It’s an Arts & Crafts inspired small table to go next to the sofa and hold ‘her in doors’ cup of tea whilest watching TV of an evening.

Here’s a shot of a dry fit and unfinished top:

I’m currently in the middle of a glue up of the leg assemblies, and a mitred frame to support an Iroko top ‘insert’. To see more photo’s of this project from the start to current progress, you can view my flickr photo set:

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#1 posted 10-02-2007 09:20 PM

Interesting choice of woods. We’ll keep watching.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 10-02-2007 09:37 PM

how unique !!!

love those side rail thingies… cool

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 10-02-2007 09:48 PM

Very cool joinery! Are you English?

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#4 posted 10-02-2007 09:51 PM

Hi all, thanks for the comments, Chris – Yes i’m English, I’ve migrated to this place as my current ‘UK forum’ home is under going a transitional period, and I needed to enjoy a more friendly atmosphere, and of course wanted to share my thoughts/projects and screw ups with y’all :-)

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#5 posted 10-03-2007 01:14 AM

Very nice Byron. Interesting design.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#6 posted 10-03-2007 06:08 AM

Cool design – How are the top, what look like cleats (on the underside of the table top), joined to the legs. I see they sit in a dadoe…anything else there?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 10-03-2007 06:09 AM

Very interesting design. A great job.

-- 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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#8 posted 10-03-2007 02:07 PM

Hi Dorje,

The top will actually be a sycamore mitred frame, with the Iroko you see in the picture inset into this frame, the frame will then sit atop the cleats that are dadoed into the legs, the cleats will eventually be pinned with dowels (along with all the tenons). Here’s a picture of the almost finished top:

The top will be joined to the cleats via dowels or biscuits – I haven’t quite decided on that yet.

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#9 posted 10-03-2007 05:08 PM

Looks great. We have some Sycamore here (California) that has some real nice rattlesnake grain but it is very unstable and is sensiteve to humidity ghange so I only use it when I can fasten it to a strong substraight.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#10 posted 10-04-2007 03:25 AM

Thanks Byron…

I get that the biscuits or the like will secure the cleats to the underside of the top, running with the long grain. Won’t the lateral wood movement of the top put stress on the legs if the cleats are secured to it? Or, will the Iroko top free float in the frame, with the cleats attached only to the frame?

If I’m driving you nuts you just let me know! Just curious is all!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 10-04-2007 11:46 AM

<—- following the wood movement conversation with great interest.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#12 posted 10-04-2007 02:54 PM


You’ve got it right first time; the Iroko inset will ‘float’ inside the frame. It’s actually sitting on rebates and will be glued via the first 25mm of the middle of the top to allow the wood to move laterally in the frame. There is a 5mm gap all around the Iroko – this top was inspired by the chessboard table made by J.Krenov.

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