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Project by Darrell Peart posted 06-08-2009 03:15 PM 3303 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There seems to be a magic in the true ellipse that simply does not exist in other shapes. Something intrinsic to its continuously changing radius is deeply satisfying. This project gave me an excuse to make an elliptical trammel – which I had wanted to do for some time.
The other major feature is the six-legged faceted base. This is not new to G&G but its application is. The Ford and Thorsen dining tables had faceted bases, but the angles producing the facets were hidden in the tenons, leaving the face of the legs flat. In this design the legs are angled instead of the tenons. This produces a distinct line which visually accents the angle much like you might find in a Gothic corner cabinet.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop





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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 06-08-2009 03:20 PM

You make me want to go build something. Great job, again

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 06-08-2009 03:23 PM

Hey Darrel
Another outstanding piece looks great, I’m not familiar with what an elliptical trammel is.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Darrell Peart

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#3 posted 06-08-2009 03:28 PM

Hi Jim – an elliptical trammel is basically the same as a simple circular trammel except that instead of one pivot point (axis) it has two – it is really fun to operate – easy to make and a bit magical!

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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Marco Cecala

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#4 posted 06-08-2009 03:37 PM

More of the great quality we have come to expect from you Darrel. Is this a one off or a production piece?

Rockler makes an elliptical trammel, I have used it quite a bit with good results. Seems the price was low enough to make building it not worth the cost.

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 06-08-2009 03:39 PM

Thanks Darrell
Were would I find plans for one.?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Darrell Peart

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#6 posted 06-08-2009 03:41 PM

Hi Marco,
At this point it is a one-of —- but I plan on making more of them and possibly some variations – my original drawing for this piece was a bit more involved – maybe I will go back sometime and make the version that I originally drew.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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Damian Penney

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#7 posted 06-08-2009 03:41 PM

Beautiful work Darrell :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Darrell Peart

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#8 posted 06-08-2009 03:46 PM

Jim,
Plans for this piece were published in the April 2007 issue of Woodwork magazine.
If you plan on building this from my Woodwork Article – there was a missing dimension in the drawing – contact me and I will get that dimension for you.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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Kindlingmaker

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#9 posted 06-08-2009 04:28 PM

A great looking table!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Karson

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#10 posted 06-08-2009 04:55 PM

Darrell another great looking piece. Nice job on the design and creation.

-- 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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Hacksaw

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#11 posted 06-08-2009 05:40 PM

Nice Job! Darrell I want to take a second and thank you for your generosity…not only sharing your work but the willingness to share dimensions that were left out.Not many artists would be that willing to help others “copy” thier work.

-- Nothing's impossible...it just gets expensive

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Darrell Peart

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#12 posted 06-08-2009 06:12 PM

Hi Hacksaw,
As long as the copying is for personal use – I consider it a compliment that someone thinks enough of my design to re-make it. I do however frown quite heavily on someone that copies for commercial purposes.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 06-08-2009 09:36 PM

Fantastic desing and execution, another masterpiece!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Les Hastings

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#14 posted 06-09-2009 12:36 AM

WOW,,,,,,,,,Nice work!

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

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#15 posted 06-09-2009 02:40 PM

Good morning Darrel – Yes, we met Terry & Sue in Pasadena. Gallenberg had their project written up in Style 1900. Terry, a computer systems professional, did the design (with only reading about G&G as background) and put aside Sketchup in favor of pencil and paper – I got a kick out of that. No, we won’t be in Pasadena this year as we will be wintering in San Antonio – our first experience as snow birds.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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