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Project by KnickKnack posted 766 days ago 1897 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I still have this fixation with triangles – I’m not sure, but I’m starting to think this is might be a bit unhealthy. Still, no matter – I make what I want to make and if the men in white coats come, so be it.
The original design for this was somewhat different, as usual – it was destined to be a bedside table, but I hate to throw wood away, and I made the legs first and they were just going to be too big, so I went to plan B.
I’d also set myself the challenge to do something a bit beyond my comfort zone – the ash inlay and 4 quadrant top satisfied that.
Following Kookaburra’s sage advice on my last project but one, I was careful to try to select wood with the right grain directions. I’d hoped the jatoba top would just “wrap around itself”, but it didn’t quite, and the “quite” was what led me to deploy the ash strips – hopefully you get the feeling of “singleness” going around, but without a jarring slight discontinuity at each join.
I think I’m getting better – this is, I think, the first piece where I had to do zero work on the legs, post construction, to stop it rocking on a flat floor. The problem with that is, of course, that we have no flat floors in our house!
The wife’s comment – “i like that, but where’s it for?”

Some construction details can be found in a bloglette over here.

40cm square by 50cm high.
Ash and Jatoba. Linseed oil followed by Danish oil finish.

As always, and I really mean it – criticisms welcome.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."





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PKP

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#1 posted 766 days ago

Great Design!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 766 days ago

From my perspective there is nothing to critique. Nice job.

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

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Roger

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#3 posted 766 days ago

Beee-u-teee-ful !!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Karson

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#4 posted 766 days ago

Fantastic.

Your wife is so practical. Where’s it for. In the middle of the room for everyone to see.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 766 days ago

COOL…

Nice job!

COOL Design…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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MonteCristo

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#6 posted 766 days ago

Innovative design ! I think the contrasting woods work well together too. One concern I would have is the strength of the leg attachment, especially since the side grain of the leg is against mixed grain on the top. Did you do any kind of reinforcement there ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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KnickKnack

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#7 posted 766 days ago

One concern I would have is the strength of the leg attachment, especially since the side grain of the leg is against mixed grain on the top. Did you do any kind of reinforcement there ?

I considered it, but decided against.
My reasoning was that the basic stress on the table is downwards. Since the leg and top are “interlocked”, that’s stress straight down from the jatoba onto the ash leg – and that’s not stress against a glue joint, just wood sitting on wood. The other stresses, pushing the table over, rotating it etc etc, are stresses against the interlocking joint. Given that those joints are simply perfect (which they weren’t, but they were tight), again that’s a wood on wood stress with no glue involved. As I see it, any gluing required is only to stop you being able to “pull the leg out” (for which you’d need a mallet anyway).

BUT – I could be wrong, in which case, someone, please show me the error of my ways!

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 766 days ago

A winning design super table.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Woodbridge

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#9 posted 765 days ago

Very cool design. You’ve created a great looking table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Jason

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#10 posted 765 days ago

Very impressive design. Nice wood combo too.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 765 days ago

Realy unusuall and great design

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 764 days ago

I like it very much! Very clean design!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Gator

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#13 posted 747 days ago

Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or is each ash strip joined in the center by a 45 degree angle on each side – 12 tight joints in the very center of the table ?

Oh ya… well done !!

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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