Butterfly table

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Project by LoganN posted 03-18-2013 12:55 PM 1532 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a wedding present for my best friend. He and his wife own a log cabin and I wanted something to complement the house. Originally I had planned on a regular square table with a walnut spline, but I when I dry fitted the Ash sides together I saw a butterfly, so I let the wood take shape. The walnut spline is tapered to give a feeling of the wider at the top butterfly wing look. The legs are reclaimed redwood. My biggest lesson from this project is to never use redwood in a project like this again. It is simply to soft and and it is my fear that it will break… another lesson is to make sure that you dont get excited when working on a project and jump the gun by attaching leg assemblies to the wrong side of the table because you showed it to your wife and forgot to turn it back over. I had to make special leg assemblies for each side of the table to keep the look of separate wings. I also attached used wooden dowels to help support the center walnut spline, but when i drilled them one side tore out. That was supposed to be the bottom. Due to my own excitement I messed up and that side is now the top. Its not horrible, but I definitely see the mistake. Still, it was a nice table, so it made it to their house.

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 12:57 PM

An unusual table. Nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Tom Godfrey

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#2 posted 03-18-2013 01:02 PM

I can’t see any mistakes but I understand what you are saying. I too know every little detail where I miss things when I am working on about any project. Can’t say I have ever made anything that I didn’t see something wrong with my work. Guess that’s pretty normal.
That being said I really like the table and it’s different and I like that.
Sure your friends will be happy with it or at least hope so, if not send it to me.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#3 posted 03-18-2013 02:18 PM

very sharp i like the design

-- greg indiana

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 01:04 AM

Great design and execution on this beauty! No one would ever see any of those problems you mentioned! I would be proud to have it in my house.

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

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 01:47 AM

The biggest issue is the tearout from my drill bits for the dowel holes – I had to put that side face up. You can actually see it in the closeup picture of the dowels. It was so embarrassing for me to know it was there and have to give it to them anyway! Thanks for the great comments – I appreciate it!

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 01:58 AM

Wow! What a beautiful, unique table.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 02:56 AM

cool design! Weeeeeeeeeee!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#8 posted 03-21-2013 02:03 PM

Cool table! Unique design and great build and it looks perfect from here.


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