"Suspended 4" - the unsuspended table

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Blog entry by KnickKnack posted 10-09-2010 07:24 PM 1328 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ah – what a trail of disaster this was. However, something came out in the end, albeit not what was originally designed, but something OK.

The original design work for this, if you could call it that, is in this picture…

I’d decided to go with…

I picked out the beech plank I was going to use – I was looking for a subtle grain pattern to accentuate the spiral – I flattened it, edged it, and then panic set in and I lost my nerve. I’m not sure, but throughout the whole design and implementation something was at the back of my mind telling that it wouldn’t work, that something was wrong.
So, instead, I went for a pine plank – “if it’s good”, I thought, “I can always redo it in beech”. I never would, of course, but that was the theory.

For the centre-piece I still wasn’t sure what to use – a circular bit of end-grain, perhaps, or some black oak maybe – I wanted something without much of a grain pattern – maybe even a big knot from a bit of pine. I figured I would decide that later.

Having made most of the top, I settled on the “spiraling plywood” for most of the centre, and then a hole – that looked pretty cool, and it was something I’d been wanting to try for a while.

I made the legs and trial fitted it all together.
And here the arguments started – one side of me telling me to make it as planned (“Plan your dive and dive your plan”, the diving instructors always said), the other saying that, unless it turned out to be a table you could use by actually putting things on it without it collapsing, it was just a waste of time. And, besides, I thought the top was gonna look pretty cool, and it would be a waste on a table that didn’t work.

For reference, it would have looked like this…

I slept on it and decided to come up with the alternate plan here, but not without a lot of discussion as to whether the legs should be at the corners or in the centre, and whether or not they should be flush with the plywood sticky-out-bits, or inset.

So many choices, so little time.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 10-09-2010 09:38 PM

Suspended would’ve looked great if you could find a way to make it strong enough. I thought it would break almost as soon as someone bumped it. Otherwise this is very creative and I love the look.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 10-09-2010 10:35 PM

i’m still a fan of the suspended series :)
i’ve seen the outcome and i dont think you compromised on anything. the final result is great!

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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