|Project by Tennessee||posted 01-01-2016 01:37 PM||2051 views||16 times favorited||15 comments|
I actually built this table over six months ago. I kind of fell in love with Greg Klassen’s River Table Collection.
It was supposed to go into the gallery I sell in.
Not having raw edged wood like Mr. Klassen uses on almost every piece, I decided to add my own touch by putting in a walnut strip along the river’s edge.
The basic table is white oak, with tapered legs. No joints to speak of, just screw and button construction on the rectangle box, and the legs are held in from the inside, screwed to the frame like most factory furniture. Solid and strong.
The top I had to do the walnut/oak strip thing, an old woodworker’s trick a lot of you have seen. I’m sure someone will ask me how that is done. It is the same process I used on my “Race of Life” bandsaw box, posted on this site as another project.
At one point I was going to take the leftovers which I glued up into a mirror image piece and use it as a shelf, but it looked off.
When I had two halves, I simply cut the walnut about 1 1/2” from it’s glue point to the oak to form a wandering strip. Then I routered a small, 1/4” ledge in the edge of the walnut to support the glass.
I then mounted the top pieces, (wood only), to the frame and had a table with no glass. I took heavy cardboard and cut it into a pattern that fit into the ledge so it would sit in the tabletop as the glass would.
I took that template to my local glass guy and he cut me a 3/16” or 1/4” (can’t remember) thick piece of bronze glass. It is not tempered but strong and stable.
I knew that the glass might come in a bit big, but I thought it much easier to remove a bit of wood here and there than it would be to grind the glass into place.
While all this was going on, a couple from New York, just moved here visited the glass company with the same request – they wanted to build themselves a table like this.
The glass company knows me, so they said this local woodworker was doing just that, and they might call me. They did, and came over and wrote a check for the table before I even had final sanded it for finish.
Since it all happened so fast, I never got pictures of it.
Just two days ago the lady sent me a couple pictures of it in her living room.
The table is the usual coffee table height, and the top is I think 32” X 18”. Cannot remember exactly. I used the mirror image scrap for a front on a bandsaw jewelry box which my gallery sold over Christmas, so all ended well.
I’d like to make more of these, but they seem a bit niche, and might be hard to sell. Don’t know.
As always, copy it if you want!
Thanks for lookin’!
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com