|Project by exsubsailor||posted 01-17-2016 05:18 PM||1054 views||8 times favorited||14 comments|
I saw a picture of this table on the back cover of “Fine woodworking” magazine some years back. It was made by Victor DiNovi, a woodworking genius in both craftsmanship and design. No hint of how he made it other than it was 54” wide. A real challenge to try to do something on this idea. Victor has a website with pics of his outstanding work. Check it out. I started out cuttingly 3” thick spanish cedar (cost conscious) boards about 28” long. By cutting each board on a diagonal from corner to corner, I got 2 pie shaped pieces from each board. I cut enough to make a half circle. Numbering them I clamped each consecutive pair together face to face making sure the sides were perfectly flush. With a router and large dovetail bit and a piece of wood for a guide fence I routed across the side of the 2 boards to make one half a dovetail spline in each board which would make a bowtie dovetail when the 2 were laid flat side to side. To glue each pie shaped wedge to its partner , I glued small wood blocks to each wedge top and bottom. By using the blocks to clamp and tighten, I was able to put enough pressure with out the wedges slipping and sliding. The walnut bowtie spline was more for the visual effect than the strength of the glued joint. Warning, make very precise registration marks so the half dovetail in each board lines up perfectly or you won’t be able to pound the 3” thick bowtie splines in after the pie shaped are glued up. If you’re off a hair, you can use a sharp chisel to make it right. Once it was assembled I used a right angle grinder with a chainsaw blade attached to rough it out. Make sure you use a good dust mask. A LOT of sanding and shaping still to come. I cut the legs on the bandsaw using a board wide enough to account for the curve in the legs and used a large fostner bit to cut the holes in the table top for the legs. The ballerina feet just adds to visual appeal of this non-functual table. I used many coats of tung oil and 0000 steel wool between coats to finish the job. People who see my table think it reminds them of different things I.E. an elephants ear, a lily pad, a mushroom growing on the side of a dead tree, a flower petal, a butterfly wing etc.. I worked the 3” thick boards down to about 1/8th inch when finished.
-- Art, Florida