"Suspended 2" - table

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Project by KnickKnack posted 09-28-2010 05:46 PM 2954 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having learnt what I could from the ashtray, time to make the table, and here it is.
There are some design notes and construction pictures here (warning – you probably aren’t going to learn much)

Normally, the pictures somewhat flatter my work – not so here – in the pictures the central plank looks very different in colour – in reality it’s only a slight difference, which was what I was aiming for. The “strings” (which is what I’m calling the suspension splines now, but I’m open to the correct or a better term) have a honey-like glow which I couldn’t capture.

Technically this is one of the best pieces I’ve made – not perfect, but tight joints, straight edges, flat surfaces, 90° angles – the new router bits cut, rather than burnt, their way through the beech – not quite like a knife through butter, but getting there.

Design wise is a different matter – frankly I’m a little disappointed – I was looking for something with serious “wow”, and this ain’t it.
But I do like it – it’s very much my style, and it works. But – it’s lost something that the ashtray had – it doesn’t, to me anyway, have the “oriental” look which I liked. I haven’t yet managed to work out why – it may be the lack of plywood for the “strings”, it may be the 4 legs instead of 2, it may be the lack of grain in the wood (which was a deliberate choice), it may be that the idea just doesn’t scale up – I’m open to suggestions.

I’ll be thinking about it as I fall asleep for the next few days/weeks.

Beech with mahogany (I think – found it on the dump) strings. Varnish.

Any suggestions, comments, critiques, lambastings – welcome – but I know the joints aren’t perfect, and that the finish isn’t great. Oh, and, yes, there are dowels where the central plank meets the legs.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 06:14 PM

very interesting – i like how the design has changed and the blog entry that shows some variations on that theme. Actually a coordinated set of pieces using the various designs would be nice.

I agree that this piece lacks a little something that the ashtray had. Perhaps something to do with the angled legs. I suggest offering it up for critique at George Walker's site. you will get a lot of constructive criticism there, and particularly interesting will be the matter of scale, since you also have the other piece.

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 06:19 PM

I think the through plank on top takes away from the “suspension” design of the ashtray. I agree that the shape of the legs may have taken from the Oriental deisgn that the ashtray had. It’s still nice, but I liked the design on the ashtray better. It may also be that the circle in the middle of the top not being the same in a flat table top alters the look you were trying for. Maybe an inlay would help.

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 06:57 PM

awesome design! i like the choice you settled on for the final product.
and beautiful choice of woods :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 07:09 PM

Interesting design- and I admire your ability and willingness to take a risk and try a new idea. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 09-28-2010 07:46 PM

Its a good table. I like it.

I think the oriental look, that the ashtray had, has probably been lost because of the central board in the top. I don’t know if you were unsure about the top supporting a load but I feel that the original double strips at the corners used on the ashtray design (reinforced with concealed metal pins or dowels perhaps) could still be made to do the job.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 09-28-2010 09:01 PM

Your ashtray has that punch of color from the ashtray itself that the table lacks a little. The table seems more industrial if that makes sense. just what I see. It is a beautiful piece and would be extremely proud of it.

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#7 posted 09-28-2010 11:30 PM

I agree with KNIFE the full top does not have that suspended look like the ashtray. But overall it looks nice.

Did you get my idea on the “suspenders”....?

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 01:30 PM

i think its the lack of double suspension strips things at the edge which is missing from the design. though at first look i did think wow, and then only thought about the strips after reading everyones comments. and thought i had better analyse it a bit more so i could make a comment.. and now wish i hadnt bothered and stuck to my inital reaction of WOW. which is you were to buy a piece you either like it or you dont

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#9 posted 10-10-2010 03:41 PM

Just seeing this now.
Very nice. To address the suspension theme, have you thought about adding a suspended skirt set just a bit from the outer edge of the legs and just low enough from the bottom of the table top to provide a space to see through?
At any rate I like it.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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