|Project by SlideRule||posted 09-15-2015 06:40 PM||2760 views||6 times favorited||15 comments|
My wife and I are both technically-oriented (she’s a recovering physicist, I’m an ex-engineer) so we wanted something very geometric for our dining room table…nothing frilly or fancy. She saw something like this in a magazine for $400…which wasn’t in the budget. She asked if I could make something like this…
A dodecahedron has 12 sides, each of which is a pentagon. Each leg is comprised of two pieces…it was cleaner that way rather than having to do beveled rip cuts on two faces of each piece. Each piece gets a compound miter on each end as well.
The angles were pretty wicked and had to be REALLLLLLLY accurate to get things to fit. I was adjusting the miter saw with very gentle hammer taps to move tenths of a degree to get the fit right. The second photo shows a bunch of prototype cuts. The adjustments were less than a degree between those four protoypes you see…it was just figuring out which way to move which angle (bevel on table saw for rip cuts, which angle on the miter saw). It’s all held together with staples and glue. Because of all the butt joints, I wasn’t comfortable with just glue in case a child grabs it, etc. The staples are only used where another piece would later cover it. Sanded and painted with a metallic-looking dark gray paint to look “industrial.” We felt like the wood hanging over the wood table was not quite our style.
The light components were frankensteined from three different lamp kits. We have since switched to an old-timey Edison bulb https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod640011&categoryId=cat550006 which looks awesome (though it doesn’t throw off much light, which is fine because we have plenty of can lights around the room).