|Project by cathyb||posted 02-25-2012 10:11 AM||2742 views||15 times favorited||34 comments|
I made this table for a show last month and finally got the pictures back from the photographer.
This handcrafted table of solid koa includes: bent laminate legs, a shallow drawer for keys or mail, and a book-matched table top. Joining the legs to the table was a bit tricky. This is how I did that: the table to was originally about 44” long. I cut three inches from each end; added an angled dado in these 3” by 8” pieces of wood; attached them to the underside of the table with glue and screws; then a cut a tongue on the end of each of my bent laminate legs and fit them snuggly into the dados and reinforced the joint with recessed screws with plugs.
The legs are a bent laminate with about 10 layers of wood. To do this, I created a solid plywood form, cut my koa on my resaw bandsaw to 1/8” in thickness and bent them on the form with epoxy as my adhesive. The form was only 6” wide, so I made 4 bent laminates. After cleaning up the excess glue, I then selected the best matches for the pair of legs. The final sanding was a bit tedious, but the wood was so nice that I just couldn’t wait to see it with a finish. (You know how that goes!).
The top was the easiest part. I had a nice 8/4 board. I sliced it down the middle on my resaw bandsaw and book-matched it.
The finish is polyurethane, at least 6 coats. The final sanding is with micromesh paper of 1800 to 3200 grit. I love that stufff! It really makes the wood feel like satin.
Dimensions: 38” wide by 26” tall by 10” deep.
It’s an interesting little table and I hope it inspires you to make something that’s kind of different. Enjoy…..
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com