Glass Ball Coffee Table

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Project by Woodbridge posted 12-18-2013 08:16 PM 3063 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For few years now, my brother has taken a glass blowing course at his local community/arts centre.
He’s made a many great glass pieces, a number of which we have in our home. One evening he showed me a large glass ball (about 12 inches in diameter) that he made and uses as a decoration in his garden.

When I saw it I began to think how I might include this type of glass ball in a furniture project and asked if he would make one for me. There is a wonderful coffee table in Design Book Eight made by Seth Roland. “The Tsubo Coffee Table is made from a natural beach stone held in a carved mahogany base. The stone coming through the top gives it the feel of a landscape or Japanese rock garden.”

So I decided to try and incorporate the glass ball into a coffee table. I came up with a number of different sketches, most with the glass ball incorporated into the centre of table in one fashion on another. I settled on an asymmetrical three leg table design with a bit of a mid-century modern look. (If you have seen my chair projects you know I am partial to three legged furniture)

The table top is lacewood. I choose lacewood to match the brown speckled colouring in the glass ball. The lower shelf and legs are made from mahogany. The table is about 34 inches long by 18 inches wide. (The overall dimensions were determined by the size of the lacewood board I had on hand.)

The 11 inch diameter glass ball protrudes through the top of the table and also supports the front f the table top. The three legs were shaped with a spoke shave. To raise it up a bit it sits on a small turned pedestal. The bottom shelf and legs were coloured with an antique cherry analine dye to better match the colour of the lacewood top, then finished with a number of coats of shellac. The lacewood top was finished with a number of coats of gloss ploy for more durability.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 12-18-2013 08:26 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 12-18-2013 08:35 PM

Cool, looks like a retro-modern piece of art

-- CC, Richmond Hill, Ontario

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#3 posted 12-18-2013 09:25 PM

I like the retro look.

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#4 posted 12-18-2013 10:15 PM

Hi Peter
That is a very artistic table you have designed .
Incorporating the glass ball is a real unique idea and the wood you chose goes perfect with the colors of the glass ball.
Nice job on the build and the finish looks excellent ,perfect stain color .

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 03:08 AM


It’s wonderful how two brothers’ work could come together in such a lovely table! Very unique . . . sure to be a family heirloom, but you better make several more just to minimize any family feuding over inheritances! ;-)


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 03:48 AM

Thanks for the comments. Lightweightladylefty I have another big glass ball on order so I can make another version!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 04:25 AM

Very creative and nice. check that, double nice


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#8 posted 12-19-2013 10:13 AM

Very nice design well excuted. Well done!

-- Dave -

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#9 posted 12-19-2013 10:44 AM

I luv it when folks think outside the box..very intriguing!

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#10 posted 12-19-2013 04:50 PM

This is really neat, but how fragile is that ball? The only blown glass balls I have ever handled (get your minds out of the gutter!!) were extremely thin walled.

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#11 posted 12-19-2013 04:55 PM

That is unique and well-done.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#12 posted 12-19-2013 06:00 PM

naatenaaron: this ball is actually quite thick walled. At the base the glass is at least 1/2 inch thick. It is probably as heavy as a watermelon of the same size. It feels quite robust.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 12-20-2013 04:43 AM

How very unique Peter! And beautiful!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#14 posted 12-20-2013 04:47 AM

Wow! How did you ever come up with that?
Unique and beautiful.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#15 posted 12-20-2013 06:45 PM

That is exceptionally cool and creative. Never saw anything like it. I love it! It really works well. I’d be afraid to have that in my house for fear my kids would break the glass ball and ruin the piece.

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