Entryway table

  • Advertise with us
Project by cathyb posted 02-25-2012 at 02:11 AM 2410 views 15 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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,

34 comments so far

View HalDougherty's profile


1820 posts in 1874 days

#1 posted 02-25-2012 at 02:48 AM

You have a fantastic piece of art! The wood is beautiful and the design elegant. I love it. Only two kinds of people can own a piece like this. You either have to be very rich, or very talented.

-- Hal, Tennessee

View stefang's profile


12972 posts in 1971 days

#2 posted 02-25-2012 at 04:05 AM

Good design and beautiful wood Cathy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View Monte Pittman's profile (online now)

Monte Pittman

13864 posts in 975 days

#3 posted 02-25-2012 at 04:48 AM

Beautiful work. Beautiful piece.
Note to myself, hate Cathy for having access to that much Koa wood ;-)
Keep up the good work!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

View jjw5858's profile


1117 posts in 1239 days

#4 posted 02-25-2012 at 05:07 AM

Wow, this is a very nice looking table. Definitely good looking wood/grain and great lines….thanks for the inspiration.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

View Dennis Zongker's profile

Dennis Zongker

2419 posts in 2229 days

#5 posted 02-25-2012 at 05:14 AM

Very Nice, Clean & Crisp.

-- Dennis Zongker

View patron's profile


13021 posts in 1978 days

#6 posted 02-25-2012 at 05:49 AM

classic elegance

timeless design

beautiful work

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

View Muzhik's profile


156 posts in 2775 days

#7 posted 02-25-2012 at 05:58 AM

Always love your stuff, Cathy. Wish I could move back to Hawaii and have access to Koa like that!

View Benji Reyes's profile

Benji Reyes

292 posts in 1715 days

#8 posted 02-25-2012 at 06:22 AM

Great build and an interesting design Cathy. I love the treatment and grain pattern choice on the drawer which for me is the focal point of the piece. The bent legs gives it a softer feel and brings everything together. Congratulations!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

View HillbillyShooter's profile


4510 posts in 929 days

#9 posted 02-25-2012 at 06:41 AM

Beautiful. Clean design. Artistic. Excellent execution. My wife loves it.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View shipwright's profile


4942 posts in 1435 days

#10 posted 02-25-2012 at 06:43 AM

Elegant,creative, and beautiful.
You have a way with these pieces that is your own Cathy.
This is another wonderful piece of Koa and you have allowed it to shine in all it’s glory.
Great piece Cathy.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

View Woodbridge's profile


2677 posts in 1055 days

#11 posted 02-25-2012 at 07:11 AM

Beautiful table. A very attractive and unqiue design complimented by the way you selected and matched the wood , and well constructed and finished. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

View John Gray's profile

John Gray

2370 posts in 2522 days

#12 posted 02-25-2012 at 07:26 AM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

View a1Jim's profile


112028 posts in 2214 days

#13 posted 02-25-2012 at 07:45 AM

Very nice table a super design fantastic wood and nice build.

-- Custom furniture

View BarbS's profile


2434 posts in 2722 days

#14 posted 02-25-2012 at 07:57 AM

What stunning wood. And craftsmanship. Congratulations!


View Brianf's profile


21 posts in 920 days

#15 posted 02-25-2012 at 08:27 AM

beautiful …a true piece of art.

showing 1 through 15 of 34 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase