Kevin Rodel Japanese End Table

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Project by Jero posted 730 days ago 2028 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was designed originally in the early 1900’s. Kevin Rodel re-designed it, changing the top to a pinwheel top vs the original design. It was in Fine Woodworking last Fall or Winter.

I really enjoyed the design of it, and needed to make one after viewing it. Learning and practicing several new techniques. Reverse tapered legs, (many) 1/2 laps, splines (fastening 1/2 laps to legs), and the pinwheel top.

All made with quartersawn white oak. The top really pops when viewed at different angles. The entire peice was fumed for 3 hours, then several coats of Tried & True Varnish oil was applied. I put 3 on the base and am up to 6 coats on the top.

The center peice is tile from Motawi Tile in Michigan.

Was a fun peice to make. And it’s very interesting to look at.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#1 posted 730 days ago

Nice project. I especially like the legs and pronounced figure.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 730 days ago

Very nice!

Maybe someday I’ll have to make one!

-- Dean

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#3 posted 730 days ago

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 730 days ago

very sharp. i saw that in the issue of FWW as well, and you certainly captured it perfectly.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL,

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#5 posted 730 days ago

That is really looking good

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 729 days ago

Beautiful design and great work….thank you for sharing. I really like this table.

-- Russell , Indiana County, PA

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#7 posted 729 days ago

Very nice sir! Sure to be on hot projects. cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#8 posted 729 days ago

Very nice! I saw this one in FWW as well, you’ve done it proud for sure. That oak is beautiful.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#9 posted 729 days ago

That is a very fine looking table!

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#10 posted 729 days ago

Very nice.

I made one out of walnut and posted some pics of it a while back. Yours has a totally different look with the qtr sawn oak. I really enjoyed the building process as well. The tapered legs were not nearly as difficult as i thought they would be. They add a very subtle effect to the look.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#11 posted 727 days ago

Can u say screen capture?

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#12 posted 726 days ago

The pinwheel top is very interesting. Great work.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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