Triangle Table

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Project by Elyasaf Shweka posted 03-16-2017 06:53 PM 1102 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut, Cherry, Maple.
1 meter diameter.

Metal legs, acid-etched glass shelf and triangle small glass top.

the shape was inspired from the penrose triangle expandable trivet:

I made the top myself in my shop, and finished with 3 coats of clear varnish, 30% gloss, in a professional workshop.
I ordered the legs from a blacksmith and the glass shelf from a glass factory.

I heard some woodworkers questioning will this shape last, since i didn’t leave room for the wood to expand. The truth is i didn’t take that in considerations. im only doing woodworking as a hobby for the last three or four years, at my spare time (mostly very late at night), and my knowlegde is from this site, youtube and learning from my own mistakes.
i guess that this time i would have to learn the hard way. Though i would be happy of some of you professionals can explain to me in details where exactly the fault is so i know what to be aware of next time. I do think i should mention though that the top was laying around my shop for more than a year, and I still don’t see any noticeable cracks or a change. i was debating on how to make the legs from wood, till i decided to go for metal.

As always, your comments are very welcome.

Triangle table on my internet site, with more photos:

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

4 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-16-2017 08:01 PM

Unique and unusual concept, very beautiful combination of different stripes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-17-2017 01:59 PM

This is quite possibly one of the most appeasing things I have seen. The level of detail you put in to this is wonderful. This makes my OCD very happy.

Each triangle is finite, however the layout and angular position of each species of wood create and ever running triangle. I love these designs…

With regard to your wood expansion question. It is really up to you as the builder…. I know that is vague. However, you created a BEAUTIFUL piece with great planning and fore thought. The geometric design and layout were a high priority for you in this piece. (I may catch some flack about this next statement)... Do NOT let things like wood expansion etc. stop you from building. As you stated it is a hobby.

Over MANY MANY years with swings in humidity and temperature, you may eventually see the glue joints break down, the table may warp, etc. But we all work with wood, and it moves and shifts and breathes. Your not building a structure, you built a table (gorgeous!). I’ve seen many tables (that take expansion into account) break down in a year or 2 for many reason (workman ship, drastic exposure to elements, dinosaurs aka. kids use it at jungle gym).

Google can lead you down the path to enlightenment for wood expansion and how to account for it. However, do not let it scare you or prevent you from building what your mind thinks up! This is a hobby, and there is no harm in embracing your creative side.

-- I enjoy getting "lost"... the only outcome is "finding" yourself.

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#3 posted 03-17-2017 04:36 PM

Who cares what happens down the road (if anything) enjoy the beautiful work of art and deal with tomorrow, tomorrow.

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#4 posted 03-21-2017 12:20 AM

Very cool table

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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