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Project by doug_w posted 1083 days ago 5478 views 87 times favorited 33 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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Jonathan

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#1 posted 1083 days ago

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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Eric_S

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#2 posted 1083 days ago

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

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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cwdance1

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#3 posted 1083 days ago

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

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Tennwood

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#4 posted 1083 days ago

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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keels

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#5 posted 1083 days ago

Absolutely Beautiful Doug!

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CaptainAhab

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#6 posted 1083 days ago

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 www.bluesagehues.com

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richneohio

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#7 posted 1083 days ago

Amazing !!! Love the contast between the woods

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BullVictory

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#8 posted 1083 days ago

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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FlairWoodworks

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#9 posted 1083 days ago

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

-- Chris Wong -- http://flairwoodworks.wordpress.com --

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 1083 days ago

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 !
http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/maple,%20quilted.htm

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

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doug_w

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#11 posted 1083 days ago

BullVictory – you got it, template and router table.

-- Doug, Georgia

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jeepturner

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#12 posted 1083 days ago

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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lanwater

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#13 posted 1083 days ago

Very niceDoug!

good thinking on removing the bottom stiles.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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rkoorman

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#14 posted 1083 days ago

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

-- http://thewoodworkersattic.blogspot.com/

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WinterSun

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#15 posted 1083 days ago

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

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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