Sofa table and side table

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Project by gbear posted 02-19-2011 12:00 AM 2185 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 10 years ago when I first started my resurgence into wood working I build a couple of tables for some friends. A few months ago I was looking at those table and decided I needed to give it another try. I had seen Todd Clippenger’s “modern table” and liked the design. I asked Todd about it and he offered to send me a copy of his plans…so I owe him greatlly. I was able to modify those plans so that I could create the two tables seen here. The sofa table is made with poplar and birdseye maple and the side table is maple and birdseye. I dyed the poplar black and then stained it ebony. When I tried doing the same with the maple I was very unhappy with the outcome. Even though I sealed the maple with shellac before dying and staining, it was blotchy. Thus, I then sprayed both with black lacquer which was to be the end result anyway. They have about 8 coats of lacquer. I then sanded with 600 and proceeded to bring the shine up using pumice stone and rottenstone. The birdseye was sprayed with clear lacquer and then finished the same way. The final finish application was Meguiar’s #9 to polish it all off. Joinery was done using the Festool Domino system of loose tenons. The one thing that is a little different is that the birdseye inserts are just that…inserts.
They can be romoved and glass or other material can be inserted. A rabbit holds them in place. Thanks again to Todd…you were a great help buddy.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#1 posted 02-19-2011 12:31 AM

These are very good looking tables. Congrats! And well executed. Nice color contrast too. They look so light with these curves. Well thought. The slabs? Just wonderfull. Thanks for sharing such nice work. I’m keeping pictures for future inspiration.



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#2 posted 02-19-2011 12:56 AM

Sweet, I love the clean design and simple lines, combined with the contrasting colors, sooooooooooo kewl

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 02:26 AM

Thanks for giving me a heads-up on the post!

The tables look great and make a great pair. I love the contrast and the maple insert.

The neat thing here is that you took made the table your own by modifying and interpreting it with your own ideas.

I would also like to say kudos for overcoming the finishing issues and ending with a great result. As a pro I tackle challenges and problems all the time. It is just a common part of woodworking and how enjoyable would woodworking be if we weren’t challenged?

You have a couple of great looking tables and some valuable experience under your belt now:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 06:18 AM

very nice twins

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 06:33 AM

Those are some classy looking tables.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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