Surfboard dinner table
Walk before you can surf…
Some of you know I am going to have a new home from February.
When I left my old home in the pursuit of happiness I threw out all my furniture’s except from some chairs and bookcases, it ended as fast as it started and so this time I am starting from scratch.
In a way this is a dream, a fresh start and I have decided to take it as a chance to get myself a more relaxed style, a more easy living approach that I have been used to for many years in different relationships and with a small kid in the house. Now my wonderful daughter is thirteen and so I have plans to make the home for the two of us a little funky.
The apartment has a big dinner kitchen, (originally a small room, a kitchen and a hallway – now one big room).
In this room I want a long table where we can sit, talk and eat with friends, but also I want it to be vibrant and with a smile. So I got the idea of a long surfboard table, this will bring smiles and hopefully the relaxed style I am looking for to soften up the niceness.
This is the idea.
There is a column in the room and I want it to penetrate the board and then be held in the other end by a thin wire so it is an air surfer.
Well enough of the talk; I went for some nice plywood with a surface that has a play (flame).
First step was to surf.
For some inspiration for the shape.
And then draw up some lines, only drawing the one side and folding the paper after for symmetry.
The drawing was put on top of the board.
With a jigsaw I cut the board in shape.
But I was not happy for the shape.
So I put it aside for a few days until I felt comfortable and soft…
Then I made a big bendable ruler from a piece of old window blind.
Just clamped in place.
This helped me to get the feel of the right curves.
And then it was easy to draw them up with a pen.
Fold the paper and cut the extra away.
Unfold, tape in place and then cut to the final shape.
And this time I was happy.
It looks like it can ride the waves, even it will only ride my kitchen…
Next part was to make a crosscut sled for my table saw since my sled is in storage now.
It was quickly done, and I feel confident I will use this sled a lot in the future.
So double happy.
This is why I needed a sled.
To control the angles for the cuts.
I wanted the board to look thicker without getting too heavy.
So I added another edge of plywood underneath.
Cut along the shape to remove access wood.
And finally I cut a fin from a piece of walnut that I got as a gift from my LJ friend Jusfine Randy, thank you!
I think the table will need this to be complete!
Will be back soon with more and promise to post once it is installed.
Hope this can bring some inspiration to others, a joyride or two, who knows even some more surf tables.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.