Floating top Tiger maple and Bubinga hall table

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Project by xylophage posted 08-21-2011 06:40 PM 3974 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The top of this table is made from a live edge pice of Tiger maple. The legs, and aprons were constructed out of solid Bubinga. The legs are joined to the aprons with intergal mortis and tenon joints. I did a variegated coper guild on the feet and im planing on doing a patina finish on them.

I am not sure i am happy with the treatment i did on the feet. I used a blue back ground and purposely left cracks in the guilding. Some of cracks look nice and have a organic feel to them. in other areas it just looks like a bad guilding job. Any input from fellow lumber jocks would be great.

-- D.A Winograsky

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 06:59 PM

I think the top is a bit too rustic for the high-end support system.The off-grayish staining doesn’t really go with the richness of the Bubinga.
Regarding the feet , I think you already have too much going on here and the colors don’t add to the piece at all. They don’t bring out the Bubinga or the Maple. JMHO : )

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

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#2 posted 08-21-2011 10:20 PM

Dusty56 I have to disagree with you about the top. It is a beautiful pice of tiger maple. The whole idea of the structure of the legs and aprons is to showcase the top, which I think its does rather well. However I do agree with you, that the copper feet is to much. I was thinking about cutting the bottoms off and attaching either tiger maple or some quilted maple. I think that would tie the top and the rest of the pice together. Do you have any thoughts on this.

-- D.A Winograsky

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 11:06 PM

I personally like the idea of having light colored-feet on the legs, and definitely like the contrast of having lighter feet on darker legs. However, the gilding here does seem to detract from, and conflict with the maple top. Changing the feet to maple would give a more cohesive look overall, in my opinion.

-- 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 08-21-2011 11:17 PM

Before zooming the pictures and reading your post , I was assuming that the feet would be more Maple , possibly Burl or even more Tiger to help tie in the top.
Although you are the only one that can actually see the top , the pictures make it appear very gray and it clashes with , rather than complements , the red/brown of the Bubinga. I am not saying that the top isn’t nicely figured, just that it doesn’t go well with its mating parts. Again , this is only my opinion ,and so far , I am the only one to take the time to comment on your project in the four hours that you’ve had it posted and it has been viewed over 150 times.
That should be a hint.
Most people here think that this is a ”compliments only” area and won’t offer their true opinions on projects for fear of offending one another. I offer my honest opinions with the hopes if I make something that doesn’t look appropriate or someone has a better way to do something , then they would share that info with me. No offense would be taken on my part : ) If people keep patting me on the back , telling me I’m doing a great job when I’m really not , then I will just keep doing what I do and never learn anything.
Again , love the design , just think the top is off color and the feet need some socks on them : )

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

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 11:52 PM

Dusty56 don’t get me wrong i really do appreciate your honesty and candor. I just don’t agree with you about the top….LOL I am going to do the chemical patina on the feet any way and if i dont like it, I’m going to chop them off and use some quilted maple. I really do thank you for your honesty. ps…the lighting in the pictures is not great, but the maple is a nice shade of blond and lighter tones. I do agree the pictures make it look gray.

-- D.A Winograsky

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#6 posted 08-22-2011 12:01 AM

I get what Dusty is saying. The top does look gray in the pictures. Maybe you could add a picture taken in some warm light? This looks like a piece that loves warm lighting.

As for the design, I like that a lot. Looks modern!

No fan of the feet. Bubinga with some maple inlay would be what I’d like to do (if I could build a table like this), or else solid feet in the bubinga or maple.

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#7 posted 08-22-2011 02:23 AM

Perhaps a natural sunlight photo would bring that old gray mare back to life so we can see what you are seeing : )
LOL …Make sure you repost this after the amputation with better lighting !!

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

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#8 posted 08-22-2011 04:55 AM


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#9 posted 08-22-2011 01:13 PM

A project well done is a project you did. no matter the critical notes nice project. Thank you for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#10 posted 08-22-2011 08:33 PM

I love the floating top design!!!! Not a big fan of the feet. Maybe maple would tie the whole thing together. I can’t comment on the top because the photos don’t do it any favors. Maybe natural light or a different background would help. Thanks for sharing!!!! Let us know how it turns out!!! Good luck!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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