Folding Table for Ottoman

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Project by LoganN posted 05-20-2015 03:26 PM 1268 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The mother of a past customer contacted me. She has been looking for a nice folding table to put on top of her cushioned ottoman for times when they have company. The trick was that it had to fold up for storage in the closet when they didn’t have people over. I agreed to make one – after looking at her living room I decided on walnut and ash with butternut as the main part of the body (because it isn’t too heavy). The stripes in the middle are yellow heart, blood wood, and hickory. Finish is wipe on poly and danish oil.
I used concealed hinges for the top with a hinged apron underneath. The apron folds out and thumb screws are used to connect to the side aprons and keep the table rigid. When they want to put it away the screws come out, the apron folds down, and the same thumb screws will hold the apron away.

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#1 posted 05-20-2015 03:32 PM

Well done, i especially like the sliding dovetails on the ends, much much nicer looking that a tradition tongue and groove there. The reversed strips line up perfectly as well making it look great. Very nice…

-- John Gray

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 03:36 PM

This turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 05-20-2015 04:34 PM

That’s a great looking little table.Nice design too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 05-20-2015 05:14 PM

Thank you all!
John – thanks for letting me talk through my issues! It helped me figure out what I needed to do.

The design, funny enough, came about due to the fact that the bloodwood and yellow heart I had in stock were only 24 inches long and I wanted to do something different

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#5 posted 05-20-2015 08:06 PM

Very nice. It was a lucky break the pieces were short. It made for an interesting look.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#6 posted 05-20-2015 10:35 PM

A thing of beauty, Love the colors and design. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 05-23-2015 04:19 PM

A work of art

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#8 posted 05-23-2015 11:27 PM

His stuff always is.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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