Sawdust Chronicles Build Challenge 2010 - Asian Inspired Butler Table

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Project by smartlikestick posted 11-20-2010 07:07 AM 1782 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My entry into the 2010 Sawdust Chronicles Build Challenge for 2010. The project and contest was lots of fun, with the variety of the various entries being very cool.

The primary wood construction is solid walnut, with the interior panels being walnut burl (Oregon Burls) being laminated onto baltic birch plywood. Overall, with the wings up, the table measures about 30.5″ X 22″ x 20″ high. The intent was to create a modernized version of the butler table, allowing one to leave the stand in one room, and allowing the top to come off the base and serve as a serving tray.

-- -- Mike Beauvais

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 09:17 AM

Very Berry Nice! I really like this build. Lot’s of creative work put into this piece of art.

-- Darrell B.

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 10:01 AM

Great design with nice proportions. Love the veneer and the choice of joinery too. One thing the photos don’t show though is how the tray registers on the base. Is it literally just sitting on top, or is there some means of aligning the top with the base so that it goes back in the same place each time?

Nice work!

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 11-20-2010 03:28 PM

This is wonderful. How much does the top piece weigh when you lift it off?

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#4 posted 11-20-2010 05:48 PM

Really nice!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 11-20-2010 06:28 PM

Thanks all for the comments. The top was constructed with 5/8” solid wood, and plywood cores below the veneer to minimize the weight – so it is very light. On the bottom, there are cleats screwed at a 45 degree angle which register the top.

-- -- Mike Beauvais

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#6 posted 11-21-2010 02:44 PM

Great fusion of styles. It’s nice to see something different done with the butler table concept. Those half-lap bridle joints are a mind-blower as well. Impressive.

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#7 posted 11-22-2010 05:11 AM

Terrific idea wonderfully executed. I agree with Robert… great blend of styles for it’s own unique look. Beautiful piece and thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 03:28 PM


-- 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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