Side table Christmas present

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Project by doug_w posted 12-20-2017 07:05 PM 679 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 15 year old granddaughter wanted a Kate Spade table for Christmas – the 4th picture. It was made of metal and frosted glass and retailed for over $2000. Her mother called me to ask if I could make something similar so I asked my granddaughter what features of that table were essential. She said it needed to be round, light in color, white if possible, on a central pedestal, and had to have a bow – with glitter. I showed her a Maloof style round table that she approved of and then came up with this design. I found some movingui veneer that had been bleached white to make the central starburst and constructed most of the rest out of soft maple so it had the light color. The accent wood for the top surround is sapele. The bow is acrylic that I bent into shape by heating, with glitter applied – easily detached as she grows older. I think she will like this better than the Kate Spade table – plus the wood is gorgeous.

-- Doug, Georgia

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#1 posted 12-20-2017 08:57 PM

I like your table much better than the kate spade one.

-- Ted

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 02:47 AM

Wow That is a great looking table. Well designed and well executed. I really like the look of the twisted edges.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 06:21 AM

The table is gorgeous – good thing you made the bow removable, with time I’m sure your granddaughter will come to realize the beauty of the wood complemented by the excellent craftsmanship over the glitter :)
I’m baffled by the top surround – how did you make it ? Is the soft maple and sapele solid with some kind of half lap joints at each intersection ?

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#4 posted 12-21-2017 06:40 AM

That is incredible craftmanship and definately better than glass/metal one. I bet she will be pleased.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 12-21-2017 09:24 AM

What a beautifully designed and made table!
And for sure I am not writing about the “Kate Spade”. 2000$ for what? That’s nothing new and nothing special!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#6 posted 12-21-2017 12:57 PM

Wow!!! It looks so simple and elegant, then as a woodworker I start looking at the skills necessary to put something like this together. Very well done!! Hopefully, she will cherish it for many many years to come.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 12-21-2017 01:26 PM

loupitou06 – The border is constructed by cutting out 6 maple and 6 sapele identical s-curves. I cut a slot in the plywood edge and a matching one in the border pieces and then used a floating tenon to glue them in. The tenon is for nearly half of the length of each boarder piece so they are quite solid. Where the dissimilar woods meet, there is no jointery as it is not needed – they just butt into each other. I formed that intersection using a spindle sander so they met quite well. The real trick was using a glue with a long enough set time to glue the entire border at once because each border piece requires opening up the adjacent piece where it buts in. Once the glue with the tenon sets you are done.

-- Doug, Georgia

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#8 posted 12-21-2017 02:19 PM

Great design and beautiful table Doug,great job.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#9 posted 12-21-2017 02:24 PM

Way better than anything Kate Spade ever came up with! And the quality of your joinery is extraordinary.

Bet you scored some serious “hip dad” points with this one.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#10 posted 12-21-2017 02:40 PM

Holy XXXXX that is amazing.

I am way too new at this. How did you do the math to figure out the perfect spacing on those curves.


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#12 posted 12-27-2017 08:11 PM

Creative and original. Worth more than the one she asked for, IMHO. I think you chose wisely in making the acrylic bow an impermanent feature. With it, you have a happy granddaughter in the present. Without it, the table is timeless.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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