A glass top table with opposing arches

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Project by John Fry posted 06-05-2008 01:53 AM 2987 views 26 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this the “Opposing Arches” table.

This commissioned glass top display table, or buffet, is 50” wide at the base, 14” deep and 29” tall. It supports a piece of glass that is ¾” thick by 18” by 66”.

The construction is shop sawn zebrawood veneers, laminated on two layers of 1/8” poplar bending ply, on a curved torsion box inner core. The curved members are then framed in sold quarter sawn sapelli. The divider box is shop sawn veneer, cut from a very fine grained piece of Macassar ebony.

You can visit my blog to see the construction tutorial by clicking here

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#1 posted 06-05-2008 02:05 AM

thats so cool!!!!!!! thanks for the post!

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#2 posted 06-05-2008 03:35 AM

Very nice. I love the wood and the opposing arches make for a visually interesting peice.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 06-05-2008 03:39 AM

This is a beautiful piece and so unique. I love it!

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#4 posted 06-05-2008 04:22 AM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 06-05-2008 05:01 AM

and to think I waste my time making cutting boards….. this is beautiful !!!

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#6 posted 06-05-2008 05:06 AM

That is a great looking table!

-- 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 06-05-2008 06:12 AM

just amazing!!!

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#8 posted 06-05-2008 07:42 AM

seriously attractive…and supporting a huge chunk of glass…big weight…

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#9 posted 06-05-2008 01:07 PM

This is a beautiful piece

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#10 posted 06-05-2008 01:42 PM

great looking piece. Is the glass stable on the one centered post on each end? Looks like it could fall off the stand pretty easy. Not asking to be critical, because the piece is beautiful.

-- JJohn

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#11 posted 06-05-2008 02:59 PM

Love it!

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#12 posted 06-05-2008 06:35 PM


-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#13 posted 06-06-2008 01:31 AM

Really nice. I have always wanted to tackle something with a curve in it. May be one day. Beautiful work.

-- Bob

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#14 posted 06-06-2008 02:13 AM

Cool design, great choice in contrasting woods.

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#15 posted 06-06-2008 04:05 AM

Great design, choice of material and execution. Thank you for sharing.

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

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