Butterfly table

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Project by Zipsss posted 12-30-2012 07:58 PM 1569 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made with Elm, it matches the 4 chairs, 2 arm chairs and my dining counter with the 3 matching bar stools. It is loosely based on M. Fortune’s article in FW. One end is square so it can be pushed in the corner when not needed. In the close position sits 6 and in the extended position up to 11 people. The chairs fit under the rim of the table to save some more space. The top was hand planed while the table was dry fit. At the end it required very little sanding. The finish is 3 coats of shellack and 3 coats of water based poly. The base is a trestle table design to match the style on the chairs.

-- Zipsss

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#1 posted 12-30-2012 08:16 PM

Excellent build. Beautiful table, and well executed construction.

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#2 posted 12-30-2012 08:21 PM

Very nice table ,a cool design and super build.

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#3 posted 12-30-2012 09:26 PM

Beautiful table. Very much like the fold away table leaf design.

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#4 posted 12-30-2012 09:50 PM

VaVaVaVooom! Wow, a super hunk-a-hunk-a-hunks o Elm table.. Nice design with the folding leaf and all.

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#5 posted 12-30-2012 11:15 PM

Wow, what a great looking table!!!!!

Elm is a beautiful wood. Great job, Ze’ev


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#6 posted 12-31-2012 01:12 AM

A beautiful use of your Elm. That’s about 4 years aging if I remember correctly.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 12-31-2012 01:46 AM

I am very interested in the chairs. You did a nice job on those. Did that FW article provide a design for you? Do others think they are comfortable?

My own situation includes a small dining room. I made a hard maple table of about standard size and so far can use only armless folding chairs that push right up or fold out of the way. Windsors take too much space – at least the design I have – because the legs splay out.

If you have a moment I would really appreciate hearing how you developed the chair ideas. Give me a clue? (I’m banned from using the acrylic lawn chairs and Rourkees are even less popular).

Thanks! Dave

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#8 posted 12-31-2012 01:47 AM

A beautiful table and chairs. Elm is a very overlooked wood in my opinion. You have a great example as to how nice elm can be. Love the square end/fit in the corner idea.

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

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#9 posted 12-31-2012 03:33 PM

The Elm tree that provide me with almost 2000bf of great wood belonged to my brother. It died about 8 years ago. It sat in my shed slabbed in different thicknesses for 4 years before I started to build the first of my Elm projects.

Dave G: the chairs are base on Sam Maloof’s design. The chairs are very comfortable because the back hits me in the right spot. I am on the short side so I made the chairs about 1/2 shorter than recommended and the table 1/2 taller. Being a trestle table deals with the problem of the legs being on the way of people’s legs. If you look at my bar stools project you will notice that the backs are on a pivot situation. It makes it more comfortable still because it molds to your position.

Thank for your comments.

-- Zipsss

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#10 posted 12-31-2012 04:00 PM

Maloof was one smart guy! I showed them to my wife and she’s all for it. New project! Thanks.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#11 posted 12-31-2012 07:35 PM

Very nie design and very well executed.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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