Table base for a 3' x 6' x 400# granite slab

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Project by Don Kondra posted 06-15-2013 09:35 PM 4839 views 30 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My clients had their counter tops replaced with granite and wanted a base for a kitchen table top of granite also.

Solid maple with shouldered half lap joints. The legs were glued up using a lock miter joint.

Finish is black gesso with a sprayed post cat lacquer.

The half lap joints were all cut on a Dewalt SCMS, this short video demonstrates the process.

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 06-15-2013 09:42 PM

Very well done. Great work as always.

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#2 posted 06-15-2013 11:30 PM

That thing looks like it would hold that granite and then some. Nice work. Looks great

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 06-16-2013 12:16 AM

Wow, nice solid looking base and well made…..great job.

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

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#4 posted 06-16-2013 02:16 AM

WOW! Amazing joinery, something I an only dream of… never would even consider trying that kind of REAL craftsmanship. I’m more of a wood HACKER….

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#5 posted 06-16-2013 04:19 AM

Very nicely done. Joinery will survive forever.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Don Kondra

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#6 posted 06-16-2013 05:12 AM

Thanks so much for the comments everyone !

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker

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#7 posted 06-16-2013 03:27 PM

Sweet joinery! It looks like a very fun project.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Don Kondra

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#8 posted 06-16-2013 05:02 PM

Thanks Dennis, that part of the project was fun !

What drove the choice of joinery was the fact that the granite top can only go unsupported for 8”. I didn’t want to have a frame that sat on top of the base so it made sense to extend the rails.

I was also concerned about racking with that much weight and the addition of shoulders on the half laps makes it absolutely rigid and corner braces were not needed.

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker

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#9 posted 06-16-2013 05:16 PM

Don that is really a really fine piece of work with terrific joinery! Very cool!

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Don Kondra

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#10 posted 06-17-2013 12:18 AM

Thanks Mathew…

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker

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#11 posted 06-17-2013 03:40 PM

Love the design. That is awesome.

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#12 posted 06-18-2013 07:36 PM

Sleek and solid, like the black finish and the joiner. I’m sure it will serve the new owner well for many years. Excellent work!

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#13 posted 07-03-2013 02:25 PM

Nice work! I hope to one day be able to pull off work like this. Well done, Sir.

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