Sofa Table

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Project by FritzM posted 05-10-2008 01:18 AM 2531 views 15 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dimensions: 16” tall x 16” deep x 63” long.
Material: Cherry/Walnut/1/4” Aluminum rods
Finish: 4 coats Oil/Varnish blend (per FWW article this month)

I finished this table about 4 months ago and it’s been sitting waiting for finish. I guess I was dragging my feet because I had seriously burned out on it. Upon completing the design I dove in to production and assembly. As the table came together in real scale, I started to dislike the proportions. Although now finished, I’m getting more comfortable with it. The legs and short stretchers were originally cherry, but I botched the stretcher mortises and ended up cutting the legs down and reattaching walnut. The cherry got a little blotchy and that exaggerates the mismatched color on the top. Hopefully it will all darken to approx the same color. I did learn a lot designing and building it and that’s the goal for me a new woodworker.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 05-10-2008 02:19 AM

I think it’s pretty cool looking Fritz, one thing I that might have been cool was if the joint between the walnut tips and the legs was parallel with the top. I’m sure the top will even out a fair bit with time, and I love the contrast of the walnut breadboards with the cherry top. Good looking table :) Do the aluminum rods support the top or the legs?

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 05-10-2008 03:20 AM


I’m not going to shine you on, I will shoot it to you straight – THAT IS COOL!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 05-10-2008 03:27 AM


The design is fantastic! That is a nice table, but I want tl know the reason for the rods: looks or support?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 05-10-2008 03:27 AM

That’s a very interesting design. I like it.

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

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#5 posted 05-10-2008 03:48 AM

Very nice Fritz. What joinery did you use to attach the walnut tips on the cherry legs?

-- Martin, Kansas

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#6 posted 05-10-2008 03:54 AM

Nice looking table, pretty unique design. Good though really captures the eye. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 05-10-2008 04:01 AM


This is really an interesting piece of furniture. The design is unusual and creates a lot of visual interest.

The different materials and the walnut/cherry combination adds a lot of interest to the piece.

Very well done.

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

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#8 posted 05-10-2008 04:04 AM

Very original design. Thanks for the post.

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

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 05-10-2008 04:11 AM

Been waiting to see something like this. Very well done.

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

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#10 posted 05-10-2008 04:29 AM

Hi Fritz,

Another beautiful piece man. Funny how a “mistake” turns out to be a nice design feature. I really like the walnut feet.

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#11 posted 05-10-2008 01:30 PM

Very pleasing on the eyes. You did well.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 05-10-2008 07:23 PM

Thanks guys. I guess we are our own worst critics sometimes.

Damian: The rods sort of act like a truss cross member so they help support weight applied to the top as well as add support to the leg joint when pressure is added to the top. Honestly, they really do more for the legs. I would definitely not sit on this table which is an unfortunate because it does have the proportions of a bench.

Brian: Both. Mainly support but I could have solved the support issue another way. It was the minimal aesthetic of the aluminum and its inherent strength to cross section ratio that led me down that path..

Martin: Dowels.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#13 posted 05-10-2008 07:32 PM

Nice lookin’ table, Fritz!... pretty cool…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#14 posted 05-10-2008 08:52 PM

OK that is a very cool table! Nice work!

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#15 posted 05-11-2008 01:09 AM

THat puppy is fine, It deserves a nice finish.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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