Ribbon Table

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Project by johnhutchinson posted 12-12-2013 03:10 PM 2012 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My ribbon side table was an exercise in “bending” 3/4” Baltic birch plywood in three directions.

The opening photo was taken by Chris Schwarz at the offices of Popular Woodworking in Cincinnati. I especially liked his juxtaposition of my “moderne” table with Bob Lang’s gorgeous A&C cabinet. Chris titled the shot “Buddies”.

It ended up in the Aug 2006 issue of PopWood, and it’s sitting next to me as I write this. After almost eight years, it hasn’t drooped a sixteenth of an inch—okay, maybe a thirty-second. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 03:29 PM

Wonderful craftsmanship and an excellent design.

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 03:34 PM

Great John! Did you bend the curved piece as one then cut them apart? You just keep ‘em coming! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 12-12-2013 03:36 PM

Looks great. Nice piece of work.

For those of us who do not have access to that issue, can you give us a brief description of how it was made?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#4 posted 12-12-2013 03:49 PM

Absolutely fantastic! Very creative. Your creativeness, quality and craftsmanship are def top notch. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 12-12-2013 04:46 PM

There’s really nothing “bent” in the project. You can see how I made it in the third photo that I took in my shop. The legs and top are straight sections of 3/4” Baltic birch plywood, and the corners are stacked C’s made from the same plywood. I suppose it’s a variation on finger or box joinery. One of my EUREKA finds was the black washers between the base and the glass top. They’re rubber bottle stoppers that I found in one of those arcane parts drawers in a local hardware store. The connecting hardware is stainless steel machine screws with finish washers and acorn nuts. The finish is out-of-the-spray-can Krylon enamel. Love that stuff!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 12-12-2013 04:51 PM

Wonderful lines, I like it, but I will bet that it was no weekend project :-).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 12-12-2013 05:17 PM

Very cool project.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-12-2013 05:42 PM

Really interesting design…I also like the Oak dresser behind it in the photo

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#9 posted 12-12-2013 08:18 PM

Now I see it! Even better(and more do-able).

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 12-12-2013 10:08 PM

Very unique table.
Thanks for sharing it.

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#11 posted 12-13-2013 03:40 AM

This Daily Top 3 thing is getting a little old. I think I’ll cool it for awhile. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#12 posted 12-13-2013 03:26 PM

Super cool work.
Where there are a will there are a way.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 12-13-2013 05:07 PM

It’s a great design and you’ve done it so wonderfully. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 12-13-2013 08:09 PM

Very cool John…I like this one a lot…looks like the exercise in bending ply worked very well…great job.

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

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#15 posted 12-26-2013 04:21 AM

I enjoy this design a lot, reminds me of the fiberglass furniture of Verner Panton. Quite ingenious method of “bending,” especially the stacked profiles for the finger joint bit. Overall I find the design to be very 3 dimensional and I bet it has many nice angles to view it at…. on a side note, Seeing the abstract form on its side in the in-progress image makes me wonder if it could be scaled up and turned into a couch or a bench of sorts with the long straight segments being seat and seat-back?? Anyway, cheers and great work this is really very awesome!

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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