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Project by Harold posted 12-01-2007 06:47 PM 2790 views 17 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small table design I have been working on for the last couple years. I really like the floating top theme and I wanted to try and take it alittle further. The two lower legs as well as the upright leg are laminated with fiberglass tape at the joints which helps to make the legs incredible rigid while still using very little wood. It does however result in a somewhat larger appearing glue joint. I finish the wood with 2 very thin coats of West System epoxy and then 6 coats of spar varnish to protect it from the weather even more. The copper rods that can be seen are actually electrical ground rods, wich fit perfectly inside a short sleeve salvaged from 1/2” copper water line, which fits snugly inside a 5/8” hole. The goal in the design direction is to try and cut down on the amount of wood I use for a given piece. I truly belive the materials available today can allow us that freedom, whether it be fiberglass in the laminations, or carbon fiber and kevlar.

I doweled a piece of short allthread into the stone accent in the last pic to better tie the piece into the rock that we live on, which really helped to finish the table.

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#1 posted 12-01-2007 07:27 PM

very cool…

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#2 posted 12-01-2007 07:31 PM

great design & execution.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#3 posted 12-01-2007 09:04 PM

Interesting design, Harold. Thanks for the construction explanation!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 12-02-2007 12:31 AM

I really like the design of this table. I am a huge fan of the cantilever effect. Well done.

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 12-02-2007 02:40 AM

Awesome!
A beautiful piece of Art, & fine Craftsmanship.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 12-02-2007 02:43 AM

That is too cool Harold. Love the rock accent idea. Is that a volcano you live on :-)...?

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 12-02-2007 02:53 AM

Very unique table. Nice job. That’s thinking outside the box. (4 legs)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 12-02-2007 02:57 AM

Ya it’s a volcano miles, but the good thing is when it’s cold, you can just go outside and lay on the warm rocks, day or night. We live at about 5000’ above sea level, so it gets down in the 30’s at night so I guess it’s a good thing, least that’s what I keep telling my wife.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#9 posted 12-02-2007 05:30 AM

Harold. Can you tap into it and get geothermal heat.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#10 posted 12-02-2007 07:06 AM

That is one of the most interesting tables I’ve ever seen. Very creative.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#11 posted 12-02-2007 02:22 PM

Nice one Harold. I actually like the glue joints on your laminations. How stable is this table, considering that it’s being supported on one tenon?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#12 posted 12-02-2007 03:27 PM

Wow! That is something you don’t see everyday. Very nice.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#13 posted 12-02-2007 03:50 PM

At first glance it looks like it would have to be unstable, but think of it as very short diving board. I didn’t mention above, but once I have fitted the piece, I dado a groove in the underside of the two lower legs and the back of the upright and epoxy in a length of 1/4” threaded rod in all three legs. From a function standpoint the wood becomes an “exposed” core for fiberglass legs, although the finished look doesn’t give that impression.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#14 posted 12-02-2007 10:28 PM

Unique design, very nice table. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 12-03-2007 02:32 AM

Harold, you come up with the most interesting designs. That is really a floating top!!! Just great.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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