Olschner family coffee cup table #1: Olschner Family coffee cup table

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Blog entry by WoodMechanics posted 03-06-2014 02:08 AM 2325 reads 2 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Heres a step by step process I took to make a Moroccan table frame for a brass tray top!

These are pics i found online for inspiration!

The fist steps I took was to make a full scale template out of mdf
cut this rectangle 32’’ wide by 18’’ tall and layout centerline and horizon centerline

with a straightedge and screw to make a big compass swing a arc through the center intersecting point down on both sides to make the top of the legs then with a smaller radius measure down 2’’ from the center and swing the bottom arc so the legs taper as they get closer to the floor.
Next is to draw the top arm on one side. the only measurement I used was to pull 13.5’’ from the vertical centerline to get a total top width of 27’’. after that i used a compass to draw a part circle on top the arc then with in the arc and outside width i made the rest of the lines. All of This did take a few trys to get a shape i liked for the arcs and the arm but draw light until you get something you like. If you look at the vertical centerline you hopefully can see i did not cut on the vertical centerline i cut about a quarter inside that line leaving it so i can line up the next template on the exact center.

Now I used a straight piece of 1/4 inch luan to make a template of the one half we just cut out. Lay a straight side of the luan on the vertical centerline and trace the arc and arm from underneath. once traced with a pencil i use a razor knife to cut along my pencil line and i rough cut out the shape with a jigsaw about an 1/8 outside the line then drum sand on the drill press to the razored in line.

Heres the finished template and use it to make a mirror image onto the opposite side of the master MDF template

Now its time to make a cut list! But first I drew a diagonal line through the center intersection, this will be the shoulder line for the mortice and tennon joint that holds the arc together

Nowwww for that cut list!! I found it simple to use two straight edges to get the widths on each individual piece adding about an inch so i had plenty of stock for the real thing. this is the bot left arc

bot right arc

zoomed out pic

top arms width

-- WoodMechanics

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