Companion Table

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Project by Russel posted 12-17-2009 12:50 AM 2133 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is a companion to the Oak Display Table

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I wanted to make something of a similar design, yet different enough to stand alone. The top combines an attempt to float like it’s companion with a cantilever design. I’m not overly satisfied with it and may rework it a bit when I think of something better.

One of the fun aspects of building this was getting the cross piece between the legs to be perpendicular to the ground. The legs slant at a 10 degree angle. So, aligning the mortise seemed simple. However, cutting it and keeping it perpendicular was not as straightforward.

I also miscalculated the weight of the oak top, so it had a tendency to droop with the cantilever design. I’ll need to do something about that, but haven’t quite figured out just what.

The table is made of red oak with walnut wrapped around the top. It stand 18 inches tall, is 33 inches wide and 16 inches deep. The finish is wipe-on poly.

I’m enjoying my experimenting with design, even though it doesn’t quite fit in with the Mrs. style. She says, that she can appreciate it, but she’s trying really hard to like it. ... Of course she said that with the best intentions.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 12-17-2009 01:39 AM

I like how you continue to think out side of the box of typical design styles. Well done keep up with the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#2 posted 12-17-2009 04:59 AM

Russel, Cool design on the table and a great companion to your display table. Very unique.

-- John @

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#3 posted 12-17-2009 07:19 AM

Fantastic table. Thinking outside the box is where new ideas come from. Great job on a wonderfull design.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 12-17-2009 12:54 PM

Cool, nice to see someone of your level struggle just a little bit. ( kidding ) very nice! The dark contrast is very eye catching.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 12-17-2009 06:23 PM

Very cool design Russel. As far as the cantilever maybe you could add a contrasting heavy wood to the short cantilever. Maybe Ipe laminated to 3” thick. The same kind of solution Frank Loyd Wright used on Falling water.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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