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Pie Crust Table #8: The legs for the base

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-13-2009 07:49 PM 8660 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: The column Part 8 of Pie Crust Table series Part 9: Embellishment for the legs »

Well, here is the big difference from a traditional pie crust table.

I like to incorporate architecture into some of my woodwork and this is an example. These legs are taken from the 12th – 13th century flying buttresses used to support the walls on old Gothic cathedrals.

Here is an example from Westminster Abbey in England.
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I figured if they were good enough to hold up tons of stone, they would work here.

Here is my interpretation in wood.
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It may look a little bulky and crude now but won’t (hopefully) when I get done with them. I plan a lot of embellishments and other things. I also made the column long so that I can cut it to the correct length once I determine the proper geometry for the top. I don’t want it to hit anything on the legs do I.

I want things to look heavy but not too heavy. I am trying for a balance here. Gothic/Medieval things were a balance
of lightness and bulk/strength. We shall see how it works out.
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Here are a couple pictures showing the joinery. Nice big mortise and tenons instead of the traditional dovetailed slots.
I think that they will be more than strong enough.
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Back to work!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 05-13-2009 08:11 PM

Hey Gary
Very interesting input on design. I think it should be a most unique finished Pie crust. That’s how winning designs come about with plenty of forethought before your build . And your great at both design and the great workmanship

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-13-2009 08:12 PM

Very nice work Gary!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#3 posted 05-13-2009 08:22 PM

That is really very cool… and different!

Keep up the good work!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#4 posted 05-13-2009 08:46 PM

INTERESTING design thoughts – Quite a mix of designs. I do like your interpretation of the flying buttress for the legs, are you going to embellish them a little more? I am looking forward to the next installment.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#5 posted 05-13-2009 08:53 PM

gray they look very cool and i love the thought that you used english architecture we have a cathedral in chichester just down the road with the whole east wing with such arch’s i will have to get a picture for you English architecture is stuning i wish i had your ability to use it

thanks for the post and still look forward to the finished piece

Andy

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#6 posted 05-13-2009 09:35 PM

While I have great respect for people who can build solid pieces in classic styles, I love most seeing people blaze their own trails, and come up with new things, or fun combinations of existing things. Naturally, I’m having a great time watching this piece come together. Will the mortise and tenons be held together only with glue?

Really great work so far. I can’t wait to see the embellishments, and to finally see that top go on.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#7 posted 05-13-2009 09:35 PM

This project is sure to be a winner in somebody’s contest – I suspect that it will be a winner in whatever contest(s) you choose to enter it in.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#8 posted 05-13-2009 09:47 PM

nice incorporation of design concepts. how did you go about making the spiral column? curious…

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#9 posted 05-13-2009 09:57 PM

I saw the blog on the top, and now this. I have to say that this is going to be one SWEET table. Thanks for sharing the process.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#10 posted 05-13-2009 10:31 PM

Nice!!!!!

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

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#11 posted 05-13-2009 10:40 PM

Only someone with your vision would think of something like ‘Gothic-lite’ and be able to make it work. A most unique idea and I’m looking forward to how you embellish it. It’s sure to be fascinating.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#12 posted 05-13-2009 11:21 PM

Not much to say that hasn’t been said already. Very interesting, KOOL!! :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 05-13-2009 11:27 PM

You have a winner there.

We’ll be looking for the next posting.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#14 posted 05-13-2009 11:50 PM

Gary, ...I don’t think you’ll have to worry about lack of strength here. Nice Job!

-- Martin, Kansas

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#15 posted 05-14-2009 12:21 AM

good ideas … keep them flowing

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