Side Tables with Mobius doors

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 03-30-2013 02:36 PM 1820 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The table can be judge by its cover. My first admirer was Agnes my wife. She likes the double doors with mobius triangles in a back of square motif. Also the snap on door has made it possible to be a knobless door. This allows me not to disturb the design. No use of nails! All joints are present except for a dovetail. Even the table top was a challenge to make rabetted joint with inlayed 1/4 inch groove. The mitered corners are pinned with dowel rather than the splined one. The legs are moticed and horizontal framings are tenoned. The legs too are tenoned to fit with the top at 3/8 inch motice joint. The walls are tongue and grooved with the legs and horizontal slats. The doors are hinged with stainless steel hinges… no rooms for the concealed hinges. The doors frame and board (substrate of the mobius triangle parquetry) are tounged and grooved.

The design is a parquetry of 1/8 thickness made from strips that are available. Materials are NARRA (Brown), KAMAGONG (Ebony- black), Acacia sap (White normally the acacia is brown but I selected the sap only as it is white)

The legs are yakal… The finish is made with two coats of walnut stain on the sides and back also inside and outside faces. The others like the top are all natural including the doors which are tanguile frames. After the staining, two coats of sanding sealer then finished with Valspar varnish. A goood idea to find out that the valspar varnish can be lightened in viscosity by a paint thinner but not with other thinners.

So there you are. For those buddies been waiting for my woodwork, I have other projects on the line but I am not having time to post and even read posts. Any rate, thanks to all for taking a good look. You can make comments on this as these two tables will be my wife and mine on our bedside.

God bless.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 03-30-2013 03:08 PM

I like them Bert.
Well executed illusions and good idea using only the sapwood of the acacia for color.
All of your woods sound so exotic, but I’m sure many are known here under other names.
Well done and we hope to see you more often soon.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 03-30-2013 03:11 PM

These are beautiful and I love the design. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 03-30-2013 03:27 PM

Very nice design Bert. Love the side tables.

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#4 posted 03-30-2013 03:49 PM

Thanks to all,

Paul, I am have to catch up reading all your post including the project, It is not a year that I had not been active. Actually, I am still doing lot of woodworks but not on those boxes but cabinets and small projects. I also carved a lettering of our subdivision and now currently posted in the roundabout. I will keep you updated from this time on….

-- Bert

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#5 posted 03-30-2013 04:22 PM

Awesome job! Love the contrast in the woods

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 03-30-2013 05:22 PM

Looks like you are having fun. Your love of patterns sure comes out in a uniqe way. Oh yeah. NICE PIECE!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 03-31-2013 09:42 AM

I missed this one yesterday, Bert. It looks great! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 01:25 PM

Gorgeous side tables! Great design and build. Like the interesting patterns and the wood colors.

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#9 posted 04-29-2013 10:55 AM

Well done bert.Awesome sidetables.A side table can serve many uses in your home.Side tables can be placed anywhere in the living room where there is either a need for one or if you have some space on an empty wall.

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