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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 2011 days ago 6458 views 47 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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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.

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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





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Rj

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#1 posted 2011 days ago

Tod this is very cool , I like the slight sweep to the legs they look great with the approns .

Job well done!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 2011 days ago

Beautiful start to finish.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Doug S.

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#3 posted 2011 days ago

Very very nice. Is there an inlay on the inside edge of the top frame pieces? Or maybe just a shadow line from an edge detail reflecting light? From the first 2 pics I thought you had an inlay strip in there but then the 3rd pic which shows it closer doesn’t seem to show one. Nice shop too BTW.

-- Use the fence Luke

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Karson

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#4 posted 2011 days ago

Todd I saw them on Flicker last night. A great looking table.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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motthunter

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#5 posted 2011 days ago

truly nice. beautiful work

-- making sawdust....

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 2011 days ago

Todd, this is really great stuff. I see some Modern, some Krenov, some oriental and lot of good ol’ Todd. Great color as well. Love those gams!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Greg Wurst

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#7 posted 2011 days ago

Nice work as always. Oh, and I want your drum sander! :)

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 2011 days ago

“Good ol’ Todd” – Thanks Thos. that has to be one of my favorite compliments.

Doug S – I created an accent V groove between the solid wood and the veneered panel. As things come together and age a bit, the joints tend to get fractures because the wood comes together at right angles. This is a method that hides it but the drawback is that it is a dust collector.

The panel had a slight crown in it and any elevation difference is not seen. It is VERY minor but during glue up I could not achieve perfection. The real problem is that veneer does not allow me to sand it all down even. As of now any elevation difference is not perceived.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 2011 days ago

beautiful work … black and red looks great together. a real piece of eye candy.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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woodworm

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#10 posted 2011 days ago

Really beautiful piece. Great work Todd!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Richard

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#11 posted 2011 days ago

Great work. I love your choice of finishes.

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Les Hastings

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#12 posted 2011 days ago

Great little table Todd. Nice Finish!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 2011 days ago

Sweet looking Sofa Table Todd!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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mtnwild

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#14 posted 2011 days ago

Sophisticated is an excellent description. Beautiful!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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scottb

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#15 posted 2011 days ago

Fantastic! great design and execution. Love it.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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