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3 Leg Flower Table

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Project by jeth posted 01-31-2016 02:55 AM 516 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A table built to be home to a vase of cut flowers, stood in a corner, hence 3 legs… Made from Spanish Cedar at clients request.

As the table will be used to display cut flowers, and local cut flowers are quite large and ostentatious (heliconias and gingers mostly for gardeners among you) I decided to give the legs an outward curve toward the bottom so it wouldn’t look top heavy once loaded up.

I managed to get lucky with the wood and found a chunk which gave me grain which almost perfectly follows the curve I planned. The legs are chunkier than I would have made them but the client expressed concern that they not be too skinny.
The legs were bandsawn then finished with a spokeshave. The top has an undercut bevelled edge, rough cut the circle with the table at about 30 deg. at the bandsaw then block plane to smooth. Floating tenon joinery apart from the 3 way joints on upper and lower stretchers which are splined and reinforced with a small plywood plate mortised in and 3 screws on underside.
Finished with an oil/ spar varnish mix.





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#1 posted 01-31-2016 04:20 AM

Very nice work there

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 01-31-2016 01:08 PM

beautiful – the top looks like curly maple
way too many angles for this novice (me)
Your client should be extremely happy

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#3 posted 01-31-2016 03:07 PM

great design

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jeth

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#4 posted 01-31-2016 06:00 PM

Thanks for your comments folks…

Dick, Spanish Cedar is the most popular furniture wood down here, where it is endemic. Though I love the scent (this stuff was fantastic in that regard, really spicy) and favour it for drawer bottoms, box linings etc it’s quite soft as a furniture wood..That is actually the main reason it’s popular among woodworkers here, their basic tooling makes harder woods almost impossible for them to work, and as a result they are largely ignorant of the incredible variety of fine hardwoods around here that get made into firewood :(
Anyway, In answer to your comment, It’s quite common to find curly figure in this stuff ..I’ll post a pic of a picture frame which you might describe as more like tiger maple!

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jeth

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#5 posted 01-31-2016 06:12 PM

Edit..sorted, managed to get the direct upload to work, wouldn’t give me access before.. think it’s my dodgy connection.

Sorry, struggling with the image coding.. checked the guide but photobucket seems to have changed things around since it was written and last time I used the site.. Can anyone see the two images posted in my previous reply?? I just get little broken image link icons…

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#6 posted 01-31-2016 08:04 PM

Images are there and looking fine. I’m not sure which I like better, the picture frames, or the table. Great job on both.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 01-31-2016 10:01 PM

Jets – sure wish we could reade some lumber, that picture frame is nothing short of dynamite

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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jeth

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#8 posted 01-31-2016 10:21 PM

To be honest I haven’t seen too many pieces of Spanish Cedar as curly as those..it’s normally curly in patches..
This was one slab which was more curly than not, the rest of it went into a wardrobe a few years back and I recently came across a couple of 2”x1” leftovers which I actually re-sawed and veneered onto plainer Cedar pieces in order to get a few frames out of it rather than just one. I have one little strip left, not enough for a frame.. probably find its way into a small box :)

Dick..I’m guessing that should read “trade some lumber”.. would be great, tbh I get jealous when I see the huge variety that you folks have to choose from up north…Ironically what is hardest to find here is anything that’s strictly straight grained.. can be hard designing when everything is swirly and figured!
Bearing in mind that this stuff is the most expensive wood I buy here at a dollar/bf I’d probably come out of the deal happy!

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recycle1943

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#9 posted 02-01-2016 02:43 AM

Jeth, yes that’s what it should have been – keyboard is always trying to help me and I forget to proof read sometimes.
pm on the way

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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