Megalithic Table

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Project by KnickKnack posted 03-09-2013 12:27 PM 3101 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thing 1
Some friends came to visit us recently, so we went touring around the local (Portalegre in Portugal) region. Around here there are many megalithic dolments, menirs, antas etc etc. A rather lovely example lies about 90km south of us, the “Anta da Candieira” ...

It’s not so much the stones, although they are impressive, but the location – sitting in the doorway you can see only trees and sky, smell only flowers, and hear only birds.

Thing 2
About a year ago my wood man sold me a long piece of very thick wood. He said it was Jatoba, but it isn’t – I have no idea what it is, but the smell from it, a nice smell I hasten to add, permeates any room in which the wood sits. The main portion is destined for a table or a bench, but I haven’t yet sussed out how exactly to do that. But I did cut a chunk off one end to give it a nice even pattern, and that chunk has been sitting on my desk ever since, waiting for inspiration to strike.

Well, it struck – I put the 2 things above together, which sent me scurrying off to our (old technology) photo albums, and I eventually found what I was looking for from 1999…

The Poulnabrone dolmen in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland, which I used as the basis for this small table.
(The Burren is simply amazing – if you ever get the chance to visit, I’d recommend it).

The top is the unknown wood.
The “Legs” are ammonia fumed ash (the fuming doesn’t do much, but I like the way it makes the ash look a bit “evil”) attached with serious floating tenons.
Lest you be unsure, yes, the legs are not vertical, and yes, the legs are not straight, and yes, two of the legs are not parallel, but yes, the table is horizontal.
Finished with Danish Oil.
30cm x 45cm x 30cm high.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 12:51 PM

Wonderful the visual inspiration to the final piece
Nice photos as well


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 03-09-2013 01:12 PM

very nice work. i enjoy pieces even more when I know the inspiration behind the design.

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 01:35 PM

i really like it, good job.

-- Joel

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#4 posted 03-09-2013 03:00 PM

Nice work and very unusual. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-09-2013 04:03 PM

Unique ,well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 03-09-2013 04:46 PM

With the help of RussellAP and his post here I’m thinking the “unknown wood” may very well be Camphor.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 04:51 PM

I like your journey of inspiration!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 03-09-2013 05:14 PM

Great natural and man made stonework for inspiration, and a very nice project of woodworking as a result.
The using of various angles on the legs and top make for an interesting table, and must have made for an
interesting build also. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 03-09-2013 05:16 PM

man you could tap dance on that thing! In place, that is. It is very nice, I like it.


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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 03-10-2013 12:18 AM

Nice COOL lil table!

Being that it’s a three legger (I think)... Does it automatically NEVER wiggle-waggle because the legs may not all be the same length? Should never happen with a three legged table…


Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 03-11-2013 11:51 PM

Heck-of-a good resemblance. Nice build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 03-12-2013 03:54 PM

Unique, beautiful and sturdy table. Wonderful inspiration behind the great build. Great job!

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#13 posted 04-26-2013 03:15 AM

You laboured mightily on the Megalithic box till it was level – so did they then and so did you on these old and new efforts.

Your table as a new homage is rather inspired.
Such very fine free form shaping (and photography too).
I’d love to sit in front of one.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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