|Project by peterrum||posted 03-11-2012 04:15 PM||2830 views||10 times favorited||4 comments|
This floating top table is a design which was in the Sept 2011 issue of Wood magazine. I have always liked the floating top design since first seeing Don Kondras curved leg table in FWW so I decided to give it a go. I wanted a dark base to contrast our light coloured floors so decided on black walnut for that. Where I live I have very limited access to quality hardwood and could not find any good black walnut. So I settled on some elm I had milled up myself and thought that a walnut stain might work.
For the top I decided on some figured maple. As I was positioning the boards for glue up I did not like the way the figuring connected on the boards at the glue line so I separated them with a 1/8” strip of smoked oak. The table top has a 20 degrree bevel which I cut on the table saw then cut a corresponding sanding block in order to sand the edges.
The top was to be mounted to the base with figure 8 washers but I did not have any and didnt feel like waiting for a mail order so I made some by cutting small bits from steel strapping, grinding them smooth and attaching them. They worked great.
The finishing on the base was with a couple of coats of Minwax walnut stain and a coat of poly. The top was finished with a homemade concoction of BLO, Spar Varnish and Mineral Spirits. I fancy this floating top design so much that i might make another one.
-- Carpe Diem