Smoothly elegant and graceful

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Project by Sinister posted 07-22-2010 03:18 PM 2690 views 25 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fluidity can be defined as smoothly elegant and graceful. That was the vision for this project. The long tapered legs, quilted maple, and floating top were designed to give the impression of organic motion. The apple blossom inlay reinforces the organic theme. The movement contrasts with the straight lines.

I used maple and leopardwood for the table and zebrawood, yellow heart, and macassar ebony for the thin stock inlay. It was finished with shellac and several coats of arm-r-seal. The table top was polished smooth with rottenstone.

This project replaces the first piece of furniture that I built 7 years ago. That table is embarrassingly rickety and destined to be disassembled and made into a cutting board. I’m proud of how my woodworking and design skills improved over the years.

I patterned this table from pictures posted by a fellow LJ, jsheaney, a few months ago.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#1 posted 07-22-2010 03:33 PM

Fabulous work. The design and execution appear masterful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#2 posted 07-22-2010 04:01 PM

wonderful design. Great details. Love your joinery. Very nice choice of woods. Wow WoW

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 07-22-2010 04:07 PM

Sinister, Very nicely done, indeed! Simplicity combined with visual joinery is most appealing. The apple blossom inlay adds the necessary embellishment to make this piece very unique. How is the top fastened to the two floating runners? The finish is very nicely done as well. Congratulations on a most excellent build.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#4 posted 07-22-2010 04:23 PM

Very Nicely done. Well designed and carefully thought out.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#5 posted 07-22-2010 04:29 PM

Wow, cool everything. Great design and application. What a beautiful piece to see. Great project…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 07-22-2010 04:47 PM

Very nice

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Heidi Neely

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#7 posted 07-22-2010 04:54 PM

You’re great attention to details really makes this piece special. Beautiful work, thank you for sharing it with us! : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#8 posted 07-22-2010 06:24 PM

a beautyfull table and the inlay lift it way over the edge

thank´s for sharing


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#9 posted 07-22-2010 08:27 PM

Woodbutcher – there are countersunk screws in oversized holes through the floating supports. It was scary driving those screws. If they pierced the table top, I would have cried.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#10 posted 07-22-2010 11:25 PM

That is top notch work, wonderful piece of art.

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#11 posted 07-22-2010 11:39 PM

Wonderful design.woods and build excellent in every way beautifully done Patrick.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 07-22-2010 11:58 PM

excellent work
great design

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#13 posted 07-23-2010 12:52 AM

That is some very fine craftsmanship, and a extremely beautiful piece.
Too many details for me to comment on individually, but I like them all.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 07-23-2010 02:44 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#15 posted 07-23-2010 03:07 AM

Nice work, Patrick,

Beautiful joinery, contrasting and complimenting hard woods, floating top. This is a fine demonstration of design and execution in wood.


-- vicrider

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