Bowtie Table

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-07-2013 01:10 PM 1609 views 11 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little table that I need when we go to car shows. I thought ‘dI make it in a Chevy theme . First I wanted to make an insert and rout it in, but that would mean the corners would be rounded and I wanted them sharp. So I made the bow tie out of three pieces and glued on ends and then the sides. It conforms to the golden rectangle being 18.75” long and 11.6” wide. The sides are a 123” radius and the ends are a 28” radius.

It is made from soft maple with a pistachio bowtie.The pivot blocks are made from hard maple because I had to tap holes in them for set screws. All the hardware is solid brass.
The cross supports and pivot blocks are doweled in place. In order to keep the ends of the legs from wearing or splitting, I used part of the brass casing from a 30-30 shell to line the holes.

It has red “feet” because I coated the leg tips with West System epoxy to keep moisture from creeping into the legs when we use the table on grass.

It is finished with UV resistant polyurethane.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 01:16 PM

Great portable table, Jim. Well 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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#2 posted 06-07-2013 01:32 PM

Outstanding piece. The ONLY way it could be any better would be if there was a small ”Black #3” on it! LOL

Seriously, this is a beautiful table and I am sure it will see a lot of use and receive a lot of comments.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 06-07-2013 01:35 PM

Looks great. Beautiful sign!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 06-07-2013 02:14 PM

That’s pretty nice. You’ve been a busy guy.

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#5 posted 06-07-2013 02:37 PM

Very nice, Jim. Do you show a car?
Thanks for posting.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#6 posted 06-07-2013 02:39 PM

Well worth the lumber Jim. Great job. I know many people who would envy this.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 06-07-2013 02:46 PM

Great looking table—be careful that it’s not the hit of the next car show instead of the cars!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 06-07-2013 02:46 PM

OMG… Jim….... How bout a blue oval??? LOL Jus kiddin…. The bowtie looks gr8

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 06-07-2013 03:43 PM

nice work

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 06-07-2013 03:54 PM

Hey Jim, a “chevy” would have made the Chevy easier to install, no? :-)

Very nicely made with your customary attention to detail.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 06-07-2013 04:23 PM


Wonderful design…

What if one does not have any spent 30-30 shells? LOL

COOL unique folding & holding design…

... kinda reminds me of the ole TV tray / table of yesteryear…

Great JOB!

Thank you.

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

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#12 posted 06-07-2013 04:32 PM

Hey Jim, another great project, looks really good. So what has happened Jim, has your wife locked you in your workshop and told you your not coming out till you do at least four new projects….. you have been very busy mate.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#13 posted 06-07-2013 04:37 PM

Wonderful, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#14 posted 06-07-2013 05:35 PM

Beautiful little table with very well done details. Now I’d like to see the car too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 06-07-2013 06:42 PM

Hi Mike, Here is my car!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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