Bad idea, good lesson.

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Project by Niall mMc Keown posted 04-28-2012 11:49 PM 3771 views 11 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I Built this a few years ago I decided to run with the first design idea that came into my mind.

The problem is it’s just not a practical table.
Its too deep and it can’t really hold anything, I have a TV on it right now.
All the other stuff….. DVR, satellite box etc are just sitting in the open part of the table.

Lesson learned?
Next time I will pay a lot more attention to the scale.

-- Niall, California,

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#1 posted 04-29-2012 12:01 AM

Its beautiful, and a treat design, who says everything has to be practical? It looks like a work of art to me. Besides if you put stuff on it you will just cover up the natural beauty that you brought out of the piece.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 12:09 AM

Won’t fit what you intended?, oh well, use it for something else, because that’s a great looking design. Well done! Beautiful wood and build too. Fantastic!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 12:31 AM

Its is really a very nice design!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 04-29-2012 12:39 AM

Beauty does not have to be practical.

And,if you weren’t so far away, I’d offer to come and get it out of your way. :>)

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#5 posted 04-29-2012 01:24 AM

I wouldn’t care if that thing had a job or not. I’d keep it around just to stare at. It’s beautiful and you did a superb job on the build, design, and finish.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 04-29-2012 01:27 AM

John Steinbeck: “Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless;”
I wouldn’t go that far to say useless but you get the idea looks like a work of art

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#7 posted 04-29-2012 02:18 AM

It is gorgeous… You should sell it and make another like it that fits your needs.

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#8 posted 04-29-2012 02:42 AM


That really is a lovely piece. We don’t know just what the dimensions are but maybe you could lay it on its back for a child’s playpen or infant crib! LOL


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 04-29-2012 02:57 AM

Why not get some thick glass and have the ends ground to the shape of the side slats and then put some shelf pins on the back for support in the center, two places. You would need to come up with something clever hidden in the slats to keep the glass from sliding back and forth. Even some black or clear acrylic plexi-glass would work. Then you could put pins into the slats and in to the plexi-glass to prevent movement.

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#10 posted 04-29-2012 03:28 AM

Maybe it should not be used as a TV stand. It is a beautiful piece and should be admired for the work you put into it and the beautiful wood used. You could display it with less functional objects d’ art than a TV and A/V equipment.

Another option is to send it to my address. :)

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 04-29-2012 03:45 AM

That piece is beautiful, no bad idea there.

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 04-29-2012 03:51 AM

WOW that may be impractical… but its beauty gives it many style points!!!! Love the design!

-- -Joshuah

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#13 posted 04-29-2012 04:02 AM

I would try putting some floating shelfs in the slots on the sides. Use some plywood and go wild with trying different shapes and sizes. If it works use some nice wood, if not looks like you have some plywood scraps to use up.

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#14 posted 04-29-2012 05:00 AM

Thank you for all the feedback.
I did think about having shelves inserted between the slats.
The glass idea is interesting, if I follow the shape of the concave side.

But honestly it’s too boxy looking and thats something that has me stuck.

It really didn’t communicate the design Idea, that was disappointing to me.
But its an idea “for all that”

-- Niall, California,

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#15 posted 04-29-2012 05:11 AM

Go with your mind flow… I usually go and sometimes it works and sometimes not, nice work!


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