Double Helix Table/Bench

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Project by Simeond posted 07-15-2013 05:44 AM 2493 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a total design-on-the-fly. I had a ton of maple cut-offs, all about 7/8” x 1 1/2” x 18” from a bunch of butcher block I did. I was just playing around with the cutoffs and came up with a spiral effect, with each successive piece set a few degrees askew from the last – and each side angle-dadoed 1/8” so that they nestled into eachother. But it was way too unstable. So I created a cross-lap spiral. Each layer is cross-lapped and then dadoed into the next and last layer.

That gave me the double-helix. Initially, I was just going to put a piece of glass on it, and be done with it: a side-table. But then I got to rolling it… :) The effect when it spins was so cool.

So I build the C-shaped (and dovetail jointed) 1 1/2” thick walnut encasement. The top and bottom of the double-helix has a lazy susan! This things spins like crazy inside the walnut encasement!

And finally…. tip it 90 degrees, and you have a bench or coffee table!

Standing upright, it is 18”(w) x 20” (d) x 30”(h) – good for a side table or hallway table. So, as a bench or coffee table, its 30”(w) x 18” (d) x 20”(h).

This is too much fun…

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#1 posted 07-15-2013 06:57 AM

Playing around is another way of saying being creative. I like it!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 07-15-2013 07:36 AM

I agree with Doc, way to be creative!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#3 posted 07-15-2013 09:49 AM

Very cool table/bench…quite creative, well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 07-15-2013 11:01 AM

love it, very creative indeed

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#5 posted 07-15-2013 12:40 PM

Great job.

-- Todd

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#6 posted 07-15-2013 01:01 PM

Great design and certainly uniquely yours , just fabulous !

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#7 posted 07-15-2013 01:27 PM

Nothing like having fun in the shop, and having a very nice piece of furniture when you finish, not to say unique.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 07-15-2013 04:28 PM

Neato! I’d love to see the various jigs you used to do the repetitive cuts.

-- Cheers -- g

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#9 posted 07-15-2013 04:32 PM

Came back to look at it again. The flow of the color and grain through out the spiral, and the choice of the wood for the legs and side , while keeping consistent in straight angular lines, is really nicely done!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 07-15-2013 04:36 PM

A bench with DNA! Nice idea.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 07-15-2013 05:28 PM

I like this table, very inspireing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 07-15-2013 06:10 PM

Very cool.

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#13 posted 07-15-2013 09:22 PM

Really superb and spectacular work involved on that project.! Intricate work! Well done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#14 posted 07-16-2013 12:25 AM

I think that is awesome and surprisingly possible for me to do. Thanks very much for sharing!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 07-16-2013 05:18 AM

That’s like a wind spinner for the living room! Crazy cool!

-- The one thing about time is that time is always on time.

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