Side table

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Project by jimbarstow posted 08-15-2013 03:03 AM 1209 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I built this from a single slab of california nutmeg which I bought from a local guy who had a hobby of cutting slabs. He had a barn full of amazing slabs of redwood one of which was over 3 feet wide and 30’ long. Parting with just one was difficult for him. The legs join the table at a compound angle which made creation of the mortises especially challenging.

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#1 posted 08-15-2013 05:22 AM

I like the stretchers, very unique joinery to them. Are they solid or laminated? How did you bend them,steam?

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 08-15-2013 05:24 AM

Bent lamination. I like curves but don’t have the equipment (yet) for steam or chemical bending.

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#3 posted 08-15-2013 03:35 PM

I really like this design. Could we get a few particulars?

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#4 posted 08-15-2013 09:02 PM

Very elegant! Is that a butterfly joint on the stretchers?

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#5 posted 08-15-2013 10:19 PM

The curved stretchers are joined with a butterfly. I mocked up a crude model in sketchup to get leg angles then cut the mortises and fit the legs. I then used the actual table to size and position the stretchers. I’ve learned that curved pieces are never exactly what you expect no matter what you do to limit springbuck.

The table was built to fit a narrow space in one of our guest rooms. It is 48” long and only 11” deep but it’s perfect for dropping things on as you walk in the room.

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#6 posted 08-15-2013 10:38 PM

I like the detail in the stretchers too. Nice job.

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#7 posted 08-16-2013 01:33 PM

Well done!! Great design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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