Manta ray table

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Project by exsubsailor posted 01-18-2016 07:19 PM 910 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw Triumph1’s “Manta” table on L-J’s and liked it so much I tried to use his wonderful idea for a decorative table of my own. While his was 4’x4’ with a metal base used for dining, mine is more a conversation piece. My table measures 34” x 38” and 28” high. I added my version of a gaping mouth consistent with real manta rays in the front and ripples along the back edge of the fins. I was able to buy some beautiful clear popular with no blemishes for the legs which because of the shape, I had to assemble in 5 sections for each leg with mortise and loose tennons . The finish is rubbed on waterlox tung oil/varnish 0000x steel wool between coats. The top is attached with dowels that aren’t glued in as yet for ease in moving.The glue will come later.

-- Art, Florida

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#1 posted 01-18-2016 08:53 PM

Very cool.

Easy to see all the work that went into this piece….....................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 11:40 PM

Man o man, I love everything about this table!

The work on the legs alone is spectacular. And I love the “mouth” – details like that shoe great imagination.

How did you do the circles inlay on the top? Forstner bits and plug cutters?

I haven’t seen Triumph1’s piece but I am going to have to Favorite this one.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#3 posted 01-19-2016 01:51 AM

Man o man, I love everything about this table!

How did you do the circles inlay on the top? Forstner bits and plug cutters?

I veneered a thin board and you were right, plug cutters and fostner bits. The piece was too big for the drill press anthe wood too hard to make headway with a hand drill. I used drill bits around the edge of the hole to make less resistance for the fostner bit and it worked good. Don’t cleanup near the center or the spur point won’t have a place to bite and the hole mat drift a little from where you want it.

-- Art, Florida

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 07:28 AM

love those legs esp.

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 06:27 PM

Incredible design and shape of top, as well as legs. I bet there was lot of work with it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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