Double Helix Table/Bench

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Project by Simeond posted 373 days ago 1793 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 373 days ago

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

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 373 days ago

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 373 days ago

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

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

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#4 posted 373 days ago

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 373 days ago

Great job.

-- Todd

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#6 posted 373 days ago

Great design and certainly uniquely yours , just fabulous !

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#7 posted 373 days ago

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 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 373 days ago

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

-- Cheers -- g

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#9 posted 373 days ago

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 373 days ago

A bench with DNA! Nice idea.

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

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#11 posted 372 days ago

I like this table, very inspireing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 372 days ago

Very cool.

-- christopheralan

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#13 posted 372 days ago

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 372 days ago

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 372 days ago

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

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