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Purpleheart coffee table

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Project by Alan posted 04-16-2008 10:18 PM 4264 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table several years ago. It’s made of purpleheart, maple legs, maple and spalted maple inlay, and ebony handles.The tricky part was matching the inlay on the sides to the top. I made a curved form from MDF and swung it over a pivot point in the center of the triangle. On the sides, I had to account for the bearing offset and eyeballed the angles to get the flow right. Haven’t done one like it since then.

I still have the piece, although I almost sold it a few times. I guess it’s all mine now. The purpleheart has aged nicely to a dark redish purplish brown. I made the points of the handles a little to sharp. They don’t feel too good when you jab your finger on them. Live and learn. See more at alancarterstudio.com.

-- Alan Carter, www.alancarterstudio.com





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macpiper

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#1 posted 04-16-2008 11:06 PM

that is a great coffee table. nice job. looks a little pink floyd-ish though. ;P

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#2 posted 04-17-2008 12:46 AM

Beautiful piece – very interesting design.

-- John

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Zuki

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 01:43 AM

Geeze . . . that is really different. I like the inlay.

What was your inspiration Alan?

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Alan

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 02:08 AM

I don’t really remember. Too much scotch maybe? I think I saw something in a museum, maybe a painting that had similar elements. Or maybe it really was Pink Floyd. I know I’ve hit the wall a few times.
Enough jokes, for now.

-- Alan Carter, www.alancarterstudio.com

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 02:12 AM

what a great original design.

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 04-17-2008 02:20 AM

Great design and execution! Floyd would be proud.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-17-2008 02:24 AM

Looks somewhat Art Decco. I like it.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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Dan'um Style

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#8 posted 04-17-2008 03:58 AM

another good one ! looking forward to your next project.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 04-17-2008 05:01 AM

I have to agree it does look pink floyd ish ,but great job

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woodup

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#10 posted 04-17-2008 05:33 AM

Stunning as the inlay goes over the edge. Very nice!

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#11 posted 04-17-2008 10:26 PM

A true work of art.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 04-18-2008 03:34 AM

This is a gorgeous design and it is truly a work of art.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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John Ormsby

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#13 posted 09-30-2008 05:50 AM

I like the style and craftsmanship. Very good work. I took a look at your website. Your other pieces are great also.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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mhawkins2

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#14 posted 10-24-2008 01:39 AM

I really like the legs on the piece as well as the continuation of the inlay over the sides.

-- mhawkins2 - why does my wife keep parking her car in my shop :)?

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agallant

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#15 posted 03-11-2011 09:34 PM

you do amazing work

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