sample table out of plywood

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Project by Baxter5 posted 11-10-2008 02:56 PM 2241 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

made this design to see if I liked the design…..what do you think?? Is the design worth making out of something nicer??

-- J. Jacobson, Rockford Illinois,

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#1 posted 11-10-2008 03:33 PM

From the design point of view, this table looks proportionate from top to bottom. At a glance it is pretty stable, meaning not easily tip over. The legs design/shape also look pretty harmonic with the round top. And the center shelf acts as strecher as well as addtional useful space. I think its worth making out of better hardwood.

Great design

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 11-10-2008 03:39 PM

Shoot…it looks pretty good in plywood!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-10-2008 03:43 PM

Did you purposely let the edge bare to show that it is made from ply?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 11-10-2008 04:09 PM

This was a test piece to see if I like the shape and design

-- J. Jacobson, Rockford Illinois,

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#5 posted 11-10-2008 06:28 PM

I would go for it. I also agree that it looks good in plywood.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#6 posted 11-10-2008 06:36 PM

I think it looks good except I would use thicker stock for the legs and I wouldn’t do an eyebrow cut out on the feet. I would also consider leaving a reveal between the seat and legs, instead of having the legs come out flush.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 11-10-2008 08:22 PM

I like the eyebrow on the feet it continues the circular nature of the table. I think this table would be very nice in a hardwood, but for a modern touch the plywood is great.

-- The cost of a thing is the amount, of what I call life, which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

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#8 posted 11-10-2008 08:25 PM

I like the general design, but I think it looks a tad too heavy. I suspect you may feel so too, since you are soliciting opinions. . .

I think I, like kolwdwrkr, would omit the eyebrow cut on the feet. I think you had the right idea here, though, in that a cut like this would tend to make the piece feel lighter. The result here, though, is that it makes the feet look very light and airy while the rest of the piece feels a lot heavier.

If you eliminate the eyebrow cut, you’ll have to do some other things to lighten it up. I like the idea mentioned by kolwdwrkr about creating a reveal between the top and the legs. I think you can do this by using a mortise and tenon joint and making the tenon long enough that it bottoms out about 1/8 inch before the shoulders of the legs meet with the seat (make sure it’s a beefy tenon!).

I would also modify the inside line of the leg, but I like the outside line. I think I would leave the bottom half of the leg as-is (except for the feet, which I’ll mention momentarily). But on the upper half of the leg, I think I would reduce the width at the top part of the leg by about an inch or half-inch (I can’t describe the exact proportion) by modifying the inside line only. But make sure the top of the leg stays wider than it is at the stretcher point. Put another way, I like how the inside line is a more subtle version of the outside line. Keep this effect, but make it a little less pronounced. This, combined with the reveal will give the piece some upward and outward motion.

As far as the feet, I think that you need to do something after elminiating the eyebrow cut. My gut says you should allow the inside line to flare outward just a little at the bottom (in a way that the inside line follows the outside line just slightly at the end). Or you could try the opposite, creating a wider foot by flaring the inside line inward, but I think this would make the piece feel too much like an inverted triangle.

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#9 posted 11-11-2008 03:11 AM

Thank You all for your comments, Especially kolwdrwkr and Mr Olsen, The eyebrow feet were intended for design more than anything. I agree that there needs to be a reviel from the edge of the table and the leg. After reading your comments I thought about a “floating” top look. When I first made this my intention was for college kids that need function at an inexpensive price. After reading the comments I wonder how far I can take this design. I look forward to more comments

-- J. Jacobson, Rockford Illinois,

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#10 posted 11-11-2008 05:56 AM

these are great…the only thing i am not sure about—-and its a bit blurry so i could be wrong…are those pocket screws holding the top on…i think they are great…but not sure it i like them exposed in this piece…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 11-11-2008 03:32 PM

Yes those are pocket screws and sorry bout the blur pix picked the wrong file. Like my other comment said I wanted to make a functional college furniture cheap so I was not worried about looked like just trying to sell for $30. However after all the positive comments I think this design is worth making out of a better lumber.

-- J. Jacobson, Rockford Illinois,

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#12 posted 11-11-2008 05:23 PM

Except for the pocket screw holes showing, I actually like the table in plywood. one thing that I would want to change is for the top to be a little larger. the overhang in the pictures looks a little too small for the overall scale of the table. I like it as a minimalist approach to a side table, and I have an odd affinity for plywood, so this table kind of plays to that for me.

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#13 posted 11-12-2008 02:42 AM

personally, i like it, even in plywood. although you need to fill the screw pockets (contrasting plugs maybe?) or put them on the inside.

I’d like the top to over hang an inch or two all around if it were going to be in my house though.

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