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Glass Ball Coffee Table # 2 – Martini Time

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Project by Woodbridge posted 08-21-2014 05:49 PM 1438 views 13 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second glass ball coffee table I have made. My brother does glass blowing as a hobby at his local community arts centre and made me another very cool large glass ball. This one has a very nice wispy-curly smoke pattern.

When I posted my first glass ball table people wondered about the strength of the glass ball. It is hand blown and very thick. The ball is about 10” in diameter and weighs 15 lbs. I’ve estimated that the average wall thickness of ¾”. It is pretty solid.

I developed some sketches for this table and then made a scale model to help me get a better sense of what it would look like.

I did make some changes as I went along. The straight back looked very plane. My son, his girlfriend and my nephew’s girlfriend are all trained artists. So I had my own “artist’s panel” to consult on a better design for the back. We came up with a scalloped design that mirrors the front. As an unintended benefit the table now has a built in cup holder!

I purchased a nice slab of olive wood primarily to use for a chair project that is under way. The olive wood has a nice figure that I was hoping would match the curling smoke pattern of the ball. As well, the slab had a curve to it and fit nicely with the shape of the table top. I resawed the slab and used the two book matched pieces for the top. The olive wood had many cracks in it and I inserted a number of bowties underneath to stabilize it.

The legs and bottom are made from butternut. To keep the focus on the top, ball and overall shape I used a less figured wood for the legs and the bottom, in this case butternut.

Since the ball cantilevers over the front legs the table (without the top installed) is front end heavy. At the back of the table I added a small compartment on the underside filled with about 2 lbs of steel plate to act as a counter weight.

The table has some pretty sharp corners and combined with the glass ball it is definitely not a not a toddler friendly table. At 22” wide x 39” long x 16” high it is a condominium sized table.

I used a light walnut Danish oil to add some colour and sprayed on a few coats of water based gloss urethane.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario





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#1 posted 08-21-2014 05:56 PM

Out Freekin Standing! Love it. I’m someone that likes the organic nature of wood. You guys are a great team!

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#2 posted 08-21-2014 07:19 PM

As the parent of 5 and 2 year old boys, this terrifies me. As a craftsman, it inspires me.

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#3 posted 08-21-2014 07:41 PM

This is amazing. Beautiful work of art!

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#4 posted 08-21-2014 07:55 PM

Yawn. I made three of those last week, only mine were nicer. :)

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#5 posted 08-21-2014 09:39 PM

Thanks for your comments!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 08-21-2014 10:47 PM

Extraordinary! What a fantastic artistic collaboration. Thank you for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 08-21-2014 10:56 PM

Awesome design and build…

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#8 posted 08-21-2014 11:26 PM

Great show piece!!! All the colors go together great!

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#9 posted 08-21-2014 11:29 PM

this is really unique peter, its one of those pieces i could stare at for hours, the glass ball reminds me of the wizard of oz, the wood is very beautiful, i don’t think i have seen such a cool table for quite some time, an excellent build

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 08-21-2014 11:56 PM

Crazy effect! Very original.

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#11 posted 08-22-2014 12:24 AM

What a beauty!

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#12 posted 08-22-2014 01:05 AM

Brilliant, Outstanding team of artists!!

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#13 posted 08-22-2014 01:24 AM

Peter, that is one of the most STUNNING pieces of Art I have ever seen.
The glass matches so well with the Olive and the design is delightful.
You Guys are true artists.
Thank you.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#14 posted 08-22-2014 05:17 AM

That is a ridiculously nice table. Great design and build. I always thought glass blowing would be a fun hobby to pick up. Here’s a thought… what if you put a light in the wooden pedestal under the glass globe to illuminate it?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#15 posted 08-22-2014 12:30 PM

That is very cool design, Sweetness!!!!

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