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Project by Studio1212 posted 2026 days ago 1835 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of a run of 12 tables I did of the same design after prototyping six or seven with different table top and skirt attachment methods. The “final prototype” was commissioned for a gentleman to hold a single orchid, thus the name of the tables. The skirt is made of hard maple wrapped in aluminum. Most of the tops were purple heart although there were some made from African Mahogany, Lyptus, and relaminated Microllam.

-- Derek Hurd, Studio 1212, Boise, Idaho





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daltxguy

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#1 posted 2026 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks, Derek! That’s really an interesting table for such a specific purpose, wow. You have way more patience than I do to make 12 prototypes. It would be interesting to see them all in a 3rd photo!

Nice work! I really can’t imagine how you wrap the aluminum around the skirt so nicely. It’s a really nice touch.

I hope the orchid isn’t purple!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Studio1212

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#2 posted 2026 days ago

Thanks Steve,
It was a run of 12 after 6 or 7 prototypes, so lots of gift giving and wedding presents before I dialed it in completely. The run of 12 was a lesson in production as much as anything, what I learned was not to do production runs. Up to three of something can be bearable, but 12 was too many, it took all winter.
Lots of patient folding and refolding and scoring of the aluminum to make it work out cleanly.
The orchid was white so it had good contrast with the purple heart.
Thanks for the commets

-- Derek Hurd, Studio 1212, Boise, Idaho

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FlWoodRat

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#3 posted 2026 days ago

Steve,
Great looking table. Wood (pun intended) love to see it with one of the orchids sitting on it.

By the way, since you are in Boise, next Thursday night please drop by Pengillies for me and have a cold one while listening to the Frim Fram 4.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 2026 days ago

Great looking table for the intended purpose.

I understand what you mean about production runs. As an amateur, people often look at something I’ve made and tell me “Wow, you could sell a ton of those at a craft show.” But the thought of making a bunch of the same thing just sounds to me like taking something fun and turning it into drudgery.

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

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2026 days ago

how lovely!
I, too, would love to see it with the orchid. I imagine it is even more stunning.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Tom Adamski

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#6 posted 2026 days ago

Nice job Derek…

What is the scale of the piece?

Tom

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 2025 days ago

Very nice ….the colors go very well together . How thick is that top ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 2025 days ago

Very nice! I really like the color’s, they go nice together.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Studio1212

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#9 posted 2025 days ago

Thanks for the comments, I appreciate it and look forward to some more feedback as I post other projects. What a great bunch you are. I’m glad Marc Spagnoulo (woodwhisperer.com) mentioned you guys and I came checked it out.

Tom, the tables are 9×9 tops sitting about 33” tall

Dusty, the tops are from 8/4 material, so they end up at 1.75” or so.

-- Derek Hurd, Studio 1212, Boise, Idaho

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dennis mitchell

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#10 posted 2025 days ago

Nice use of materials. Good to see some Idaho woodwork to.

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Dusty56

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#11 posted 2024 days ago

thanks for the feedback and Welcome to LJs : ) Love the Microllam top …..I handled thousands of linear feet of the product when I was working for Boise Cascade here in Massachusetts : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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