Floating Top Sofa Table with floating shelf

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Project by doug_w posted 08-12-2011 12:44 AM 10682 views 110 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This floating top sofa table was inspired by lots2learn – thanks. The frame is walnut, the tops are pommeli sapele with quilted maple surround on the top and normal maple on the bottom. I put a one inch curve on the sides of the top and shelf. I really like the way the bottom shelf appears to float entirely within the frame. I left off stiles on the lower ends of the frame so that the bottom shelf would really seem to be suspended. Love the affect of negative space under the surfaces. Any and all comments welcome.

Per Tennwood’s request, here is a photo of the support for the top.

-- Doug, Georgia

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#1 posted 08-12-2011 12:54 AM

Wow, Doug, very showy!

I especially like your bottom shelf.

Now, if you can just get the legs to “float,” you’ll really be on to something!

-- 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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#2 posted 08-12-2011 01:26 AM

Very cool design, Doug. I dont think I’ve ever seen floating bottom shelves :) nice touch.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 08-12-2011 01:46 AM

That is a wonderful looking table. What a great job.

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#4 posted 08-12-2011 02:22 AM

Very nice. I love the floating top and bottom. Any chance on getting a close up on how you attached the top and bottom. It is difficult to decipher from the pics and I would love to copy the idea. ;-)

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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#5 posted 08-12-2011 02:43 AM

Absolutely Beautiful Doug!

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#6 posted 08-12-2011 03:03 AM

Design and work – perfect. Of course the floating surfaces are the focal point but everything is in perfect balance; Love the shape of the legs, subtle and beautiful. IMO, this is a world class build. Well done.

-- Dave

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#7 posted 08-12-2011 03:16 AM

Amazing !!! Love the contast between the woods

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#8 posted 08-12-2011 03:27 AM

Amazing design and execution. I really like the leg design, really sets a strong foundation for the rest of the piece. How’d you manage to cut the legs? Template and router table?

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#9 posted 08-12-2011 03:32 AM

You pulled off the floating illusion really well. Nice work.

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#10 posted 08-12-2011 03:47 AM

Love the design and the looks of it : )
I believe that you have Tiger Maple instead of Quilted though , but either way , it looks great !,%20quilted.htm

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 08-12-2011 05:06 AM

BullVictory – you got it, template and router table.

-- Doug, Georgia

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#12 posted 08-12-2011 05:48 AM

Nice table, I like it a lot. Thanks for adding the under shot picture. Your choice of wood is perfect, IMHO.

-- Mel,

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#13 posted 08-12-2011 07:26 AM

Very niceDoug!

good thinking on removing the bottom stiles.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 08-12-2011 07:58 AM

Very nice project, this gives me a lot of inspiration. Why didn’t you finish the bottom ??


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#15 posted 08-12-2011 09:38 AM

I liked lots2learn’s table, and yours takes that design to another level. Well done, sir. :)

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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