Cantilevered End Table

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Project by Cantil3v3r posted 09-15-2009 08:27 AM 3017 views 15 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my cantilevered end table that I built over a span of about 3-4 months from designing, building models, large mock ups of the joints, and eventually the actual table. I had an absolute blast figuring everything out and although originally made as an end table it is now a side table in the guest bedroom of my house. The top table surface is 2’ and the bottom one is 1’. It is made out of red oak with walnut cross pieces to hold the glass down. The dowels are red oak as well. There are no screws, just glue. Now I am in the process to take this idea and improve upon it with some of the same concepts. Enjoy!

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#1 posted 09-15-2009 08:52 AM

I like it!! I have a piece of glass that is a 4’x2’ oval I’m thinking about a cantilever design or another “non-traditional’ design. I keep flopping around :-))

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

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#2 posted 09-15-2009 10:04 AM

Very nice design and looks well done. Good to see something a little different. Good luck with further development of the cantilever concept.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-15-2009 11:56 AM

This is great. The more you look at it the more you like it. I can picture a whole cadre of this type of furniture in a contemporary apartment suite.

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#4 posted 09-15-2009 02:56 PM

This looks really awesome. I have a design in mind for a bedside table where I would like to mount the glass tops the way you have it, basically supported in only one end. So, I am curious how yours work. Is the gap underneath the walnut piece such that you can slide the glass top in and out? And the weight of the glass just pushes it up against the walnut piece? The glass looks to be pretty thick, at least half an inch. I am assuming it’s tempered? My questions stem from my concern of how weight can the glass in a “one side support” design like this hold.

Looking forward to seeing your next designs.

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#5 posted 09-15-2009 03:39 PM

Well done! I like the design. Very original.

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#6 posted 09-15-2009 03:56 PM

Fantastic creativity and beautiful construction!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-15-2009 04:19 PM

Very nice design and build. You show a knack for creativity.

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#8 posted 09-15-2009 04:30 PM

I’m normally more into traditional furniture but this table really pops my buttons .Great design fine build and fantastic finished project.

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#9 posted 09-15-2009 04:35 PM

Nice job. I like it a lot.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#10 posted 09-15-2009 04:36 PM

Very cool and unique design. I really like it. It looks like it weighs a ton!

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#11 posted 09-15-2009 05:36 PM

Beautiful design. Nice work.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 09-15-2009 05:55 PM

Thanks guys for the nice comments!
I forgot to mention the glass is 17” wide, and the table itself is 19” wide with each piece of oak 1”.

TopamaxSurvivor – I love different cantilevered designs because it makes people experience furniture in a different way, and with glass I feel like it can add a different dimension to it. I am exited to see what you will do with that 2’x4’ piece.

sh2005 – You are correct that you can slide both pieces of glass out in order to move/clean the piece. The top shelf has about 2” of walnut holding the glass down and the lower shelf has about 1 1/8”. The tolerance is pretty small for the glass, which is 1/2” and is tempered, and when I built it I put a 1/2 piece of wood in there freshly planed and glued all of the dowels up. The trouble comes when the walnut expands a little from the different humidity levels, but its not enough to cause any problems so far. In terms of the weight, balance and how much the joint will hold I tried to design the piece using the avg weight of oak and calculated it out compared to the weight of the glass to get a good balance. I can, and have, pounded the glass with my fist, and leaned on the end of it to test the strength and the table will tip over before anything happens to it, so it is plenty strong. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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#13 posted 09-15-2009 06:18 PM

That is very cool. I can’t imagine how difficult it must’ve been to get the glass horizontal.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#14 posted 09-15-2009 06:23 PM

It is so heavy I’m afraid I’m going to have to cut it. I’ve been thinking about the structure which will have to be massive to have the strength unless it is reinforced with a steel rod.

BTW, just noticed you’re new here, Welcome aboard!!

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

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#15 posted 09-15-2009 09:20 PM

A 2’ x 4’ piece of glass would be pretty heavy but depending on the design you could definitely keep it as one piece. My thought would be to create the illusion of a cantilever by having it balanced with a base in the middle while having another piece that goes on top to almost create two sides that are both cantilevered. Think of it like the letter ‘T’ with the top of the T being the glass, and you can add a creative accent piece that would create the illusion.

If you wanted to cut it I definitely think you could do a really nice off angle cut and play with it that way. I am happy to share other ideas too if you want, just send me a message if you are interested.

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