|Project by Todd A. Clippinger||posted 01-19-2009 01:06 AM||6649 views||49 times favorited||47 comments|
Modern Sofa Table
This table was built to be auctioned off at a local charity fundraiser to benefit the mentally and physically handicapped.
It is built to the same dimensions as the Eco Sofa Table but I made some design element changes. The most obvious difference is that I dyed the bamboo red. Second, I made solid panels instead of slats and I really like this look.
I used red dye on the bamboo and the frame is poplar. I used black dye on the poplar and then sprayed black lacquer on it. This builds the color fast with minimal fill of the wood pores because I want to keep the texture of the wood, I did not want it to look like plastic.
On a black surface the texture is subtle but visible. This is important to me because I am mindful of the color and textural contrasts when making a piece. This element increases the visual interest that many projects lack and it is one of the keys to creating what I would consider a sophisticated design.
The dyes are from Sherwin Williams and they are universal just like the Transtint Dyes or any other dyes that woodworkers tend to buy. At Sherwin I pay $90 for a quart (32 oz.) which is a lot more cost effective than $17.50 for a 2 oz. bottle from a woodworking supply store.
I used MLCampbell Magna Max pre-catalyzed lacquer as the finish. It is rated for kitchen and bath cabinets but it is catalyzed at the store and so I do not have to mess with mixing it myself. I have not used it enough to determine if it is really better for wear than Sherwin Williams pre-cat lacquers but it is a comparable and competitive product as far as application goes. It has a 3 month pot life and no more, you will start getting the crystallization particles in it at that point.
I used the Festool Domino for the joinery and it is perfectly suitable for a table of this size and intended use. It provided me with a rapid and accurate means of joinery. I could not have cut M&T as fast as I punched holes with the Domino.
I used templates for the arches. This allows me to create the pieces repeatedly with accuracy and speed. I use the template to draw a line and then I cut close to it using the bandsaw. Then I place the piece in the template and use a bearing guided bit in the shaper.
The top and bottom shelf have bamboo veneer on plywood with a solid poplar frame. The side panels are bamboo veneer on 1/4” MDF because it remains flat compared to 1/4” plywood. I did not get any progress photos of the veneer work because of my schedule. I did have fun working with veneer again. It is a medium that I enjoy and the vacuum press is fascinating because of the projects that it allows me to create.
I did not get photos of the entire process because of my schedule, but you may see the full set at my Flickr account. There is still quite a bit of visual information there and I hope it may help with your ideas.
Peace, Love, & Woodworking
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com