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Project by Woodfix posted 10-15-2011 02:07 AM 1126 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been making this project for over a year, nearly two. It got interrupted by the necessity to make the clock for my sister’s wedding. A lesson, don’t stop a project. When I came back to it, storage of the parts had caused minor problems which all had to be repaired.

Now I know nothing is new under the sun. But the design of this is my own. The construction techniques were my teacher’s. It is hard to see in the photos, but the front rail has a curve in it and this curve is repeated on the front edge and back edge of the top.

The curved rail was made by laminating 3mm sections onto a form. The front to back rails are joined using 3 small stub tenons per rail.

This is also the first project I have put my maker’s mark onto. The clock should have had it, but I just forgot. If you’re wondering about the relevance, my initials are BDI (say it quick) (Bead E Eye) hence the eye. The eleven is the year.

I am so happy with it I am planning another but some small changes. On the next version the front curved rail will be thicker. This will be done by laminating all the layers except one, then cutting the tenons as through tenons, then adding the final layer to the front. I think this will simplify the cutting of the stub tenons which was very fiddly because they needed to be cut just short of the front face. Also this will give more support to the two front legs as the rail will be thicker.

Another thing I might do is make the front to back rails from a light coloured timber like Rock Maple to provide contrast in the gaps.

Oh the timber is American Walnut. Lovely colours and easy to work with (maybe too easy).

Hope you all like it.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-15-2011 05:09 AM

That is one sweet table!!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 10-15-2011 09:02 AM

Nice table. If those parts changed in storage, will they be stable assembled?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Woodfix

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#3 posted 10-15-2011 11:41 AM

By minor problems, I meant knocks and bumps etc.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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Halfbubblepastplumb

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#4 posted 10-15-2011 02:12 PM

That’s beautiful: elegant, spider-like. I like the floating sensation of the table-top. Nicely done.

-- Dave E. "People who are competent are worth the oil it will take to fry them in hell." --Mencken

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michelletwo

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#5 posted 10-15-2011 02:14 PM

very light & elegant.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#6 posted 10-15-2011 02:27 PM

Very nice. I like the offset legs

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#7 posted 10-15-2011 02:37 PM

The offset legs are unique, nice.

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patron

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#8 posted 10-15-2011 03:01 PM

great design

excellent work

very well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 10-16-2011 12:23 AM

Very nice. I like the floating top look.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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mafe

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#10 posted 10-16-2011 12:51 AM

That is such a beautiful table.
I’m really impressed, wonderful wood, what a top – exelent work and details – and your own design.
Wauuuu
And what a wonderful little LJ on the third picture, did you make him too? Then you have done a exelent job there also.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Woodfix

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#11 posted 10-16-2011 01:22 AM

Yes that is my son, and I am assured that I made him. If you check back through my posts you will see smaller and smaller versions of him.

Daniel is definitely my most rewarding project so far. I am planning to introduce him to a coping saw soon.

Doug

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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mafe

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#12 posted 10-16-2011 01:30 AM

;-)

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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fernandoindia

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#13 posted 10-16-2011 04:53 AM

Hi Doug

That is a splendid floating top design.

I believe you have largely earned your on bbq workbench with a vise now. :)

-- Back home. Fernando

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