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Project by KnickKnack posted 09-19-2014 10:08 AM 2601 views 15 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made the first drawings for this a goodly number of years ago, during my “suspended phase” – but it never progressed because I was unsure how to attach legs to the top – the original idea had always been to sandwich the legs between two of the “stitches”, but that never seemed right.
But a couple of weeks ago, whilst staring at the drawing, glass of wine in hand, this popped into my head and seemed like the ideal solution.

The last picture shows the “micro-adjustment” jig I made 3 years ago (blog here) which I used for cutting what are basically box-joints.

I’m not big on using hand tools, but I’m really enjoying cutting with my super-duper new Japanese saw that I imported from the UK…

...so I decided to try and cut the leg tenons with it…

With some chisel cleanup (possibly my least favourite tool) they came out not tooooooo bad.

I’ve aimed for the “2-tone” effect on fumed oak a few times, but it’s never really worked out.
Fume first, then cut some away, in this case a 45° beveled edge, to reveal “unfumed” wood beneath. This time it’s worked, although it’s a bit too much of a contrast, I think. Perhaps I should have given it a few minutes after cutting to tone it down a bit?

Ash, jatobá, fumed oak.
Finished with linseed oil.
Top is 390mm square (although it’s not, as you can see, square), 265mm high.

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





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Scott

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#1 posted 09-19-2014 11:39 AM

Very cool!!!

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 12:13 PM

Wow, that is so cool and unique, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 12:40 PM

I like it. With enough good wine, we can imagine anything.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#4 posted 09-19-2014 01:02 PM

Thank you for educating me. I had not heard of fuming until now. I had to Google it to find out what it meant. Maybe the photos don’t show the contrast as much, but I don’t see the beveled edges as being distracting at all. I too enjoy the Japanese saw. I have the two blade version that has the cross cut and the rip cut blade. I go back and forth with hand and power tools. I find that with using power tools there is such a long setup time that I could have done it quicker time if I did it by hand.
Your attention to wood grain pattern and the pattern of the piece itself makes this a work of art.
I don’t understand your measurement for size. By my calculation 290mm is only 11.5 inches square for the top and it looks a lot bigger than that. I must be missing a decimal or something.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 09-19-2014 01:08 PM

Odd, unique, off kilter and unsquare. I love it!
How did you finally decide to attach the legs?

I have the same saw (great saw) and the same opinion of chisels for clean up work. Maybe mine need sharpening.

And Jim, any wine, if it tastes good, is good wine. The only difference is the severity of the hangover.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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KnickKnack

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#6 posted 09-19-2014 01:23 PM

I don t understand your measurement for size. By my calculation 290mm is only 11.5 inches square for the top and it looks a lot bigger than that. I must be missing a decimal or something.
- danoaz

Of course you are right – 390mm is what it should say – I will edit it.

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

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KnickKnack

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#7 posted 09-19-2014 01:28 PM

How did you finally decide to attach the legs?
- Gene Howe

Ummm.
Well, I cut tenons on the top of the oak legs, and they slip into the top in the same way as the stitches.

...any wine, if it tastes good, is good wine
- Gene Howe

Specifically it was Reserva do Comendador Tinto 2007 – quite a nice drop.

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

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#8 posted 09-19-2014 02:39 PM

WOW thats awesome, such a kewl design, I love the abstract off square

Thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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hotncold

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#9 posted 09-19-2014 02:49 PM

That is different from any table design I’ve ever seen. Artistic!!
Thanks for sharing!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#10 posted 09-19-2014 03:47 PM

Cheers to a good job

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 09-19-2014 03:52 PM

That has a character all it’s own. I like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 09-19-2014 04:29 PM

Wonderful Design!

COOL… Very COOL!

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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#13 posted 09-19-2014 04:33 PM

That table is a trip!
I have never seen anything like it and I like that!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Chem, Central California

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#14 posted 09-19-2014 04:58 PM

That is a really neat table. Thanks for sharing that

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#15 posted 09-19-2014 05:42 PM

It’s great when ideas come together in function and art! It’s you.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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