Side-Table, w/Floating Top

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Project by MJCD posted 01-09-2018 04:12 AM 924 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is more of an experiment on my part. My wife wanted a small table, and several years ago I had salvaged a storm-damaged Locust tree. Some design elements that I’ve included are a ‘floating’ top, canted legs (these are at 85.5 degrees), and a more natural look, including all of the knots & voids you find in reclaimed trees. For accent purposes, I’ve included Purple Heart tops and bottoms to the legs.

For the record, the table is Locust, with Purple Heart accents, and is a relatively small 20” x 13” x 15” high. The top sides are chamfered at 22.5 degrees, then rounded-over; the shelf slats (9 in all) are domino’d M&T. The top is supported by 6 laminations of .09” Locust (about 0.5” at the middle), and becomes about a full inch thick at the Leg joints. The supporting arcs begin as 3” wide lamintations, which is then bandsawn to bottom to top to narrow the arc to 1” wide at the center; and secondly to remove material between the table top and the Leg.

Everything is sanded to 600 grit, with one coat of Zinsser(sp) seal coat; and 4 coats of Deft water-based poly. In-between coats were wet-sanded at 600 grit.

If the members have an questions, please let me know, and I’m happy to discuss any follow-up points.

Everyone, Do Take Care.

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#1 posted 01-09-2018 04:35 AM

Excellent looking table. That’s thinking out of the box. Well done.

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#2 posted 01-09-2018 12:06 PM

Very! Very!! NICE!!!
Love this style project.

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#3 posted 01-09-2018 01:17 PM

I love the style of this table and beautiful detail! Great idea to add the purple heart accents.

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#4 posted 01-09-2018 01:53 PM

i really like this, the wood is beautiful

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#5 posted 01-09-2018 04:08 PM

I always enjoy well done “different” Very unique and appealing table

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#6 posted 01-09-2018 05:51 PM

This table has a very nice design and you did a beautiful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 01-09-2018 07:37 PM

Thanks… for the many fine comments. Having salvaged the Locust, now 3 years of air-drying, I wanted to do something useful with it.

Most of my projects, including this, are 50% +/- layout time – getting the arcs determined, and how certain effects can be incorporated into the design. This design incorporates an arc on an arc… (the table top supports) something that I haven’t done before.

Locust grain varies significantly board to board – one piece can be silky smoothed; while another is sinewy and impossible to flatten smooth… but it is beautiful, dense wood.

Everyone… thanks again.

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#8 posted 01-10-2018 03:13 AM

Beautiful wood – love seeing different species and the Locust is really unique. Great job with the lamination, Do the supports cross or join in any way ?

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#9 posted 01-10-2018 12:10 PM


Thanks for the comment…

No, the arcs are half-radii that touch at the center-point of the Top underside. The arcs are continuous from one leg to another along the long axis of the table. Also, the arcs are M&T’d into the Top underside, and glued along their length. I’m hoping the picture of the table underside, below, displays correctly.

The key to the arcs are: getting the math correct – technically, the height of the arc is 1/2” shy of half the table width, for the length from outside edge to outside edge of the distance between the legs (lots of words). Also, you have to make two lamination templates – a sandwich so to speak: once you have the arc shape figured, you need a male and female template to apply equal clamping pressure for gluing along the length of the lamination… otherwise, you’ll likely have gaps. The final challenge is to create arc end-points that are in a straight-line with each other; such that they fit naturally flush against the leg edges (the leg edges being in the same plane with each other).

If I haven’t expressed this is an understandable way, please let me know.

Everyone, Do Take Care.

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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