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Sofa Table with Ebony inlays

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Project by Kjuly posted 11-20-2009 05:55 PM 1773 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Jatoba Sofa Table measures 15” x 40” x 30” high.
The apron or skirt is attached to the legs with mortise & tenon.
Protected with a high gloss pre-catalyzed lacquer rubbed to a mirror finish.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com





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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#1 posted 11-20-2009 06:09 PM

Very nice design and wonderful workmanship. I especially like the apron and the contrast between the jatoba and ebony.

Doug

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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Kindlingmaker

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#2 posted 11-20-2009 06:40 PM

A very beautiful table and the flowing design is outstanding!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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woodworm

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#3 posted 11-20-2009 08:46 PM

Cool apron design. Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 11-20-2009 10:09 PM

Love the design. Different but still looks like it fits in.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Kjuly

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#5 posted 11-21-2009 04:27 AM

Thank you for the compliments.
A special thanks to Craftsman on the lake for “favoring” my table.
To be honest, I was worried that the apron would be to much. When I first laid it out, my impression was that the apron was a little to wide but I resisted the temptation to make it narrower.
Thank you

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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jim1953

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#6 posted 11-21-2009 06:39 AM

Very Nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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woodbutcher

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#7 posted 04-28-2010 03:16 AM

Kjuly,
I just now ran across your sofa table, and wanted to compliment you on excellent build. I really do like the overall design, it appears original to me. I know how much fun it was working with the Brazilian Cherry, also. I have a heck of a time keeping tools sharp when working with it! How did you attach the top? Figure eight fasteners or “Z” clips? Congratulations again on an excellent success.

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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Kjuly

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#8 posted 05-02-2010 06:24 PM

Hello Ken,
Thank you for the compliment. I’m with you on Brazilian Cherry being fun to work with. Before I start working with Brazilian Cherry, I sharpen all of the cutters that I think I am going to use and some that I might use. This cuts done on the scraping and sanding.
I used a block of wood that is screwed to the top, it has a tongue cut into it, which rides in a groove cut into the skirt. It works on the same principle as ” Z” clips.
I’ll see if I can find a picture and post it.
Keith

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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Kjuly

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#9 posted 05-08-2010 02:13 AM

Ken,
The sketch shows how I attached the floating table top. I make the wood blocks from the same wood as the rest of the table. I usually put them about 8” apart. Notice that the block does not set tight to the skirt. This gap is usually about 3/16’’ to allow the top to move. The groove is cut the full length of the skirt and is done on the router table.
Keith

Floating table top

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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woodbutcher

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#10 posted 05-08-2010 04:01 PM

Kjuly,
Thanks for the picture! I am familiar with this method of attaching tops and use it sometimes as well. I don’t know what the advantages and disadvantages would be over choosing to use figure eight fasteners, or this method. It seems that I’ve fallen into the habit of using figure eight fasteners on most tops I attach. The three most apparent advantages that come to mind are that 1. The steel in the figure eight fastener is stronger and 2. once installed the top can be removed and re-installed if need be with out the fastener being completely removed 3. the top of the apron remains stronger without the expansion slot being cut the entire length of the apron. Now I would appreciate any of your thoughts on this method as well. I realize that I don’t always make the best decisions when choosing one method over another, I get caught up in percieved advantages and ignore actual disadvantages sometimes. Besides I’ve never really seen this topic discussed anywhere else and would appreciate all possibile views and comments regarding the benifits of either method. Thanks again for your time to reply.

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnisw
p.s. I did have one additional advantage, that came to mind after the above post. Because the distance between the screws always remains constant with the use of figure eight fasteners, there is never a chance that there could be rattle between the top and the rest of the table.

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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bigike

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#11 posted 05-08-2010 04:02 PM

great work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Kjuly

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#12 posted 05-09-2010 04:27 AM

Thanks Big Ike.

Ken,
You make some good points and I agree with all of them except 3. the top of the apron remains stronger without the expansion slot being cut the entire length of the apron.
I don’t feel that the slot weakens the apron at all and if it did ( for the sake of discussion) it does not take that much pressure to hold the top in place. If the top were to bow,twist or cup enough to crack the apron, I question if any of these methods would hold up.
A good point about the figure eight fasteners holding tighter. There is a possibility that the blocks could shrink and allow the top to rattle but a quick turn with a screwdriver and they would be tight again. Also, the figure eight fasteners can be installed much quicker.
All methods mentioned accomplish the intended results, allowing the top to float while holding it tight to the frame. Keith

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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skippyland

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#13 posted 04-12-2011 09:56 PM

Hey, Keith. Great design combined with some beautiful wood! Thanks for sharing…and inspiring.

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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Kjuly

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#14 posted 04-13-2011 02:06 AM

Hello Skip,
Thanks for the compliment!!
I love your tag line…purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.
Keith

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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