Small Round Side Table

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Project by bfd posted 05-29-2008 04:29 AM 2811 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Taking inspiration from Damian Penney’s beautiful Whisky Table here on LJ and wanting to use up some “scrap” wood. I also had wanted to experiment with cutting a circular top with a router. The piece is the latest in a collection that I am trying to put together for pieces that would be available for sale. This piece measures 16”dia and stands 18” tall. My thought is that this could be available in several sizes. The legs are walnut and the top and stretchers are zebrawood. The top is glued up from 3 pieces. the stretchers are have a half lap joint and is pinned with Gaboon Ebony. The legs are dowelled to the top and are capped with an ebony plug. I used a through mortise to attach the legs to the stretchers and also pinned with ebony. The finish is 2 coats of tung oil followed by 3 coats of whip on poly and 2 coats of wax.




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#1 posted 05-29-2008 04:36 AM

Very nice. I really like the zebrano top. The legs are very cool also.

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

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#2 posted 05-29-2008 04:39 AM

Excellent job and choice of woods but what about your choice in whiskey? Nice job and I’m sure it will enhance your beverage of choice no matter what you drink.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 05-29-2008 04:42 AM


I love the zebrawood top and the overall design of the table is excellent.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#4 posted 05-29-2008 04:44 AM

Wow that’s a great looking table. I like the construction and the choice of woods.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#5 posted 05-29-2008 05:00 AM

Gorgeous table. I really like the zebra wood. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 05-29-2008 01:42 PM

Great looking piece! I love the top. The pinned joinery is cool as well. Nice work.


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Damian Penney

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#7 posted 05-29-2008 03:02 PM

Inspiration from one of my projects! I think I need to sit down with another glass of Scotland’s finest to get over the shock. The walnut/zebrano combo really does work together nicely and this is a great little table, hope you sell a ton of em :)

-- 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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#8 posted 05-29-2008 04:35 PM

Very nice table. Good design and the woods work well together. I’d be a little concerned about wood movement, though. The cross grain of the top is in conflict with the long grain of the stretcher and could put a lot of stress on the joints with seasonal wood movement. Before you start production for sale, I’d let the table sit through a couple of seasonal humidity swings and see if there’s a problem with it.
Just overly cautious, I guess, having been burned once by a similar situation.

-- Alan Carter,

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#9 posted 05-29-2008 04:36 PM

this is just a great little table….I have some Zebrawood hanging around here just waiting to be put to good use and this might be it !!! Thank you for posting this and the pictures are very helpful

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 05-29-2008 05:33 PM

the proportions are perfect and the exposed engrain of the legs flushed out with the top accents the zebra nicely. Question: what material fills the gaps between the bottom roundover of the top and the legs. Does the roundover stop at the leg connection points? or is the leg shaped to match? can’t quite tell in the photos. Also, I like the top and bottom exposed pegs on the legs but I wonder if a wedge at the through stretcher tenon would look better? Just a thought although it may make for a more “confused” looking elevation if the joinery doesn’t match….. never mind, just thinking out loud. oh wait, one more thing. The applied feet are a nice addition, but perhaps they could be slightly recessed into the legs so not so much of them is exposed while still providing floor (and leg) protection. Great table man, you’ve inspired me.

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

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#11 posted 05-29-2008 05:34 PM

Thanks everyone!
Damian, It was the light scale of the table and the combination of the zebrano and walnut that I just couldn’t get out of my mind. Since I am not a wisky man I will have to enjoy this one with a nice glass of Caymus 2004 Napa Valley Cab.
Alan, good comment about the grain direction. Since the zebrawood is quartersawn I am hoping for minimal movement. One option that I was toying around with was to do the top in veneer so as to even further minimize the conflict. It would also help put the table in a somewhat lower price point.

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#12 posted 05-29-2008 05:49 PM

Thanks Fritz,

The roundover stops at the leg connection point. This proved to be a lot of handwork as I had to route to a point shy of this flat point then continue the round over right up to the connection point by hand blending it all together. It is funny you mentioned the wedges for the mortise I originally had the tenons cut to receive a wedge of ebony but as I was in the process of resolving the connection to the top it dawned on me that ebony pins could be used throughout. Good call on recessing the feet. I have done that on large scale legs to keep the glide as low profile as possible. I definitely need to find a source for a nice low profile adjustible glide as these bug me a bit and are just too high. I was not crazy about the plastic either!

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#13 posted 05-30-2008 12:32 AM

So nice, you rule man. I must say i was going to say the same thing about the pins in the mortise, I visually don’t like them. Maybe wedges and square pegs up top? or maybe radius the tenon so that they are similar to the pegs. But overall this table is amazing.

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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#14 posted 05-30-2008 12:45 AM

Hi Brian,

Thanks you have some good suggestions about how I could treat the legs. I like your suggestion about radiusing the tenon and carrying that through as it is the same shape as the stretcher itself. I could do a 3/8”tenon and then the pin could be 3/8” so that the pin fits within the tenon vs. how I have it. hey how is the shop coming by the way?

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#15 posted 05-30-2008 01:08 AM

thanks the shop is coming along but i haven’t had much time to be in it lately and I’m going to be busy for at least a week or two more. But after that i hope to get some new work going and post on here. Keep up the good work man.

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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