Bridgy Coffee Table

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Project by CJay posted 07-10-2011 11:15 PM 2143 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The end of year piece for the first year of my degree.

The table design is based on the architecture of bridges.

The legs are made from laminated beech which is then shaped with a spokeshave to produce a taper that disappears as the legs approach the crossing.

The small walnut stringing diamond (pic 4) is under the table and is there to cover a slip i made with the saw while cutting the halving joint.

The top is removable and is connected with some strange lamello locking biscuits (i don’t know what they’re called but the machine that cuts the slots (a lemello zeta) costs over a grand (British pounds))

All the beech is form the new forest, and at least half of it went up the extraction making the laminates for the legs. I’ve no idea where the walnut is from, its there to pick out the lines of the piece and make it look pretty.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 11:24 PM

Great looking table. I like the walnut stringing on this piece.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 07-11-2011 12:12 AM

Fantastic table. The legs are so good, this should be displayed upside down.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-11-2011 01:51 AM

Wow, this is a stunningly beautiful and flowing piece!

Funny, I am just taking a break from watching the “Wood Bending Made Simple” DVD that came with the same-titled book by Lon Schleining. Just finished up with the bent lamination section, in preparation for my first bent lamination project.

After reading about bent lamination in the book itself, and then following it up with the DVD, it really sheds light on the amount of preparation and work that you went through to make those legs.

The top of this table is certainly nice, and I’d have to agree with Charlie in that the underside is really where the magic happens.

Very nice work CJay! I like the overall shape and dimensions of the piece. It really seems to click. I also like the subtle addition of the walnut stringing.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 07-11-2011 02:27 AM

Super job on the table. I really like that the sides of the top have a subtle taper to compliment the legs.

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

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#5 posted 07-11-2011 07:03 AM

Yeah, you should display it on a mirror-top table! Very nice. Where do you go to school?

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#6 posted 07-15-2011 12:18 PM

Thanks everyone, there was a lot of head scratching on this piece, nice to know it was worth it.
Millo, i’m studying at a place called Rycotewood

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#7 posted 07-15-2011 04:12 PM


Looked at the gallery of work at the link you posted and there are definitely some thought-provoking and inspirational pieces on there. Thanks for sharing, as it is fresh work like that that really gets my imagination going.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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