|Project by barada83||posted 02-26-2015 06:23 PM||1168 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
Here is a coffee table design and build challenge I gave myself after considering the safety of a new baby and their propensity to injure themselves on furniture. The other option was to wrap the existing store bought one in foam, but I enjoy challenges that let me play in my shop :) So I designed and built this one of a kind utilizing all kinds of new skills and techniques.
Skills – Steambending walnut for the solid walnut edge, bent lamination for the legs, veneer vacuum pressing the top and legs.
The legs were really fun to figure out, I had to work how to create the bending and twisting in all three planes. The combination of the bends and the angles give the table a living and moving appearance, and to my primary goal, a bit of bounce for the toddler’s head. Edges are all softened by roundover – router for the top and spokeshave and rasp for the legs.
I used rosewood and walnut burl for the top. The rosewood have very nice straight grain to bring to life the sunburst design and the quadmatched walnut burl gives another level of interest. The legs are veneered in Timburana that really pops with the curves.
Finished with Rockhard varnish on top and poly on the legs and apron. 40 hour project.