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Project by Reddial posted 12-06-2015 07:43 PM 1109 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 3 legged heart table is an original design by my wife and I. It is made of American walnut and Baltic birch plywood, designed to display heirloom keepsakes or whatever. It was another one of those projects that far exceeded my expectations for complexity. Also, it was the first furniture project in which I used Baltic birch ply other than for drawer construction.
First, I realized that virtually every component required a template to assure uniformity.
All the heart shapes were done as 1/2 then duplicated for form the full heart templates. The sets with the wave edges had to be drawn freehand since each small arch varied as you progressed around the parameter of the heart.

The wave pieces required many hours of hand sanding. Additionally they presented some challenges for assembly, since I object to using screws and nails. So I prefinished each layer before assembling. Being careful to preserve the glue surfaces for final assembly.
Then, careful locating and mortising of the Brusso hinges.

The 3 legged concept presented some challenges also. I didn’t want any hardware/screws showing from the top. Yet I wanted very sturdy construction that will withstand moving or dragging the table. So I came up with an octagonal center that allowed for extra long tenons.
I don’t know what you call the little cleat or whatever that holds the glass into the rabbet. But, I made a form for bent lamination.

All components were given 4 coats of General Finish’s Arm-R-Seal Satin wipe-on.

The glass top was another problem. My regular source for cutting glass tried 4 times and failed. Finally had to be cut by a water-jet, which nearly doubled the materials cost. $200 just for the glass.

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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#1 posted 12-06-2015 08:27 PM

Wow! Darrel, this looks nice. It’s a great design and well done.

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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#2 posted 12-06-2015 08:54 PM

I’m so glad you posted this on Facebook, otherwise I may have missed it. I’ve been in awe staring at the pictures since I first saw it. This is so beautiful for so many reasons and in so many ways. I truly hope that in my lifetime, my skills will get good enough to make something half as beautiful as this is for my wife. This may be one of my very favorite projects that I’ve ever seen. I’m absolutely blown away.

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#3 posted 12-06-2015 09:37 PM

Darrel, that is Really, Really cool. What a great technique. I can see where it could be used in so many variations. Thank You for posting that table.

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#4 posted 12-06-2015 11:43 PM

Outstanding and truly unique table Darrel. Love this custom piece and excellent technical execution to boot.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#5 posted 12-07-2015 01:21 AM

What a fun design – and so nicely done! Great job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 12-07-2015 01:35 AM


-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 12-07-2015 04:24 AM

Nice design, done with craftsmanship and attention to detail.
I really like the woven effect!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 12-07-2015 08:27 AM

Very nice table. May I ask, what did you use to cut the hearts…band saw, scroll saw, jig saw or router?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#9 posted 12-07-2015 02:42 PM

You and your wife did a grand-slam job on this design and build. The photos you included did very well to explain it all. This is a very fine piece of work and just plain one-of-a-kind beautiful.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#10 posted 12-07-2015 07:28 PM

fantastic work—love it—now to get the wife off my back lol

-- The price of the project can be found in the smiles of those who receive it. Some things are priceless.

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#11 posted 12-07-2015 09:32 PM

Nicely designed and built table.
Particularly like the way you have layered the heart to give an interweave effect.
Good job Sir.

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#12 posted 12-08-2015 07:24 AM

Realy incredible and inovative design and interesting way of making it. I bet hearth shaped glass was real pain because of crackable inner edge.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 12-08-2015 08:02 PM

What a great focal piece for a room.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#14 posted 02-15-2016 08:44 PM

Very creative – love the design.

-- Jeremy - San Antonio, TX

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