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Project by Dave Hair posted 352 days ago 3401 views 27 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My cosine wave table was inspired by the wonderful work done by Nico Jose (see http://lumberjocks.com/projects/46821 ). He is an artist and I am a copycat, with modifications.

I used the cosine of every 5 degrees from 0 to 60 degrees as the distance from the origin (left or right end of the table) multiplied by the length of the top piece of wood to generate the wave shape. In other words, cosine of zero degrees is 1.0000 so the X-axis shift is 0.0. The cosine of 60° is 0.5000 so when multiplied by the width of the top (20” = 508 mm), gives an X-axis shift of 254 mm (or half way across the top). I worked in millimeters, finding it easier to to calculate in a spreadsheet than inches and fractions.

Angle COS mm from front edge

0 1.0000 0.0
5 0.9962 1.9
10 0.9848 7.7
15 0.9659 17.3
20 0.9397 30.6
25 0.9063 47.6
30 0.8660 68.1
35 0.8192 91.9
40 0.7660 118.8
45 0.7071 148.8
50 0.6428 181.5
55 0.5736 216.6
60 0.5000 254.0

Simply by flipping a second build of triangles one can complete the sequence to the back of the table. This particular table took four triangle sets to complete.

The woods that I selected are mostly the ‘common’ exotics like paduak, holly, sapele, purpleheart, canary wood, wenge, bloodwood, hickory, wormy walnut, ambrosia maple, mahogany, leopardwood and red palm (marvelous, splintery stuff).

I really liked Nico’s gaps in the top pieces, so I copied that too.

The pieces are held together with glue and pin nails. I had a great deal of mental difficulty staggering the ends of the tops (see the images) and also getting the angles of each piece correct. The spreadsheet that I used to calculate all of trigonometric requirements never quite matched the workshop reality.

However, without the Kreg miter gauge on the tablesaw, I don’t think I could have built it. That miter gauge was rock solid and right on. And making sure the tablesaw blade was truly vertical was absolutely essential (preaching to the choir here).

So it is sitting in a fairly dark room out of any hope of sunshine to avoid the fading of paduak and purpleheart for as long as possible.

Thanks again to Nico’s creativity.

-- JDHair





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ChrisK

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#1 posted 352 days ago

Cool idea, I like the array of colors.

-- Chris K

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mds2

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#2 posted 352 days ago

Very cool. Could we see and end view?

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MarkTheFiddler

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#3 posted 351 days ago

Oh Man – That is my favorite cocktail table—- EVER! I wish I hadn’t seen it so soon after completing mine. No matter – I’m inspired by the design. I’m already looking forward.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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gsimon

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#4 posted 351 days ago

Nice juxtaposition between all the straight lines and the organic colors an curves
Well done!

-- Greg Simon

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CaptWalnut

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#5 posted 351 days ago

Very Good Job, this is exciting to look at.

-- To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women

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hoss12992

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#6 posted 351 days ago

Wow, this is amazing. Thanks for sharing

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exit116

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#7 posted 351 days ago

so cool, and never feel bad for borrowing ideas from people you think are smarter than you, that’s how we get as smart as them. Pablo Picasso said “Good artists copy, great artists steal”

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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oldnovice

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#8 posted 351 days ago

That is outstanding!

Colors, concept, and workmanship are all beautiful!

At first sight it looked massive but the end view proved differently.

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

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watermark

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#9 posted 351 days ago

Wow!

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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deon

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#10 posted 351 days ago

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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aussiedave

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#11 posted 351 days ago

A very cool looking table…great job.

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

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BENTWOOD

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#12 posted 351 days ago

Very creative and love the color scheme!

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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Dave Hair

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#13 posted 351 days ago

Thanks for your nice comments Lumberjocks!

I missed the error of calling one of the woods ‘redblood’. Of course, it is bloodwood.

-- JDHair

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JoeinDE

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#14 posted 351 days ago

Outstanding.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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William

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#15 posted 351 days ago

Amazing and WOW!
Yep, everyone bout covered that didn’t they.
I don’t know what else to say because amazing is all that come to mind with this one.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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