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Project by John posted 10-20-2011 02:09 AM 1206 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started with one maple board I had with some interesting figure. I thought it might make some interesting table legs. I didn’t have any plans, but as with most of my work I like to use contrasting types of wood. The legs are curly maple, the top is cherrry and curly maple, the lower shelf is curly maple, and the cross pieces are cherry.

-- John, Rocky Mount, VA





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 10-20-2011 02:55 AM

I know you’re working with limited wood , but I think a larger (wider) top would set this off nicely .(At least from the pics provided at this time ) Nice design overall : ) Keep up the good work .

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

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 03:12 AM

Yes, I agree the top needs to be bigger. Little story behind that. The original plan was for the top to be around an inch wider. That was before the unfortunate “tear out” incident when I was doing the final routing of the top. :( I couldn’t think of anything else to do other than make it a bit smaller. Might build another top when I find a piece of maple with some nice figure. Got plenty of cherry.
Thanks for the comment!

-- John, Rocky Mount, VA

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 03:17 AM

I once made a small Shaker style end table and the top ended up too small after an “incident” as well.
Had to meet the deadline and the people liked it (not knowing it was flawed) and I walked away with money in hand but head hung low.

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#4 posted 10-20-2011 03:58 AM

It looks like a modern version of a small oil lamp table. very nice!

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GBVA

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#5 posted 10-21-2011 04:13 PM

Love the tables you are making. How are you attaching the tops? Do you worry about weight on the outer edges? How are you allowing for expansion of the top? Thanks and keep up the good work.

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#6 posted 10-21-2011 05:24 PM

The tops for all of my “floating” table tops are attached via pan head screws. I bore one hole about 1/32” larger than the screw and then a larger hole about 1/16” larger than the screw head. I use a small flat washer on the screw so that the top can move more easily if it needs to. I’ve had several of these in use through several seasons and have not had any “blow outs” yet. Haven’t had any problems with weight on the outer edges either.
Thanks for the comment!

-- John, Rocky Mount, VA

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