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Project by david_larch posted 01-15-2014 07:02 PM 2601 views 34 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little table is really fun. Made of solid walnut and sitting atop a Herman Miller Dowel Chair base. The train chases all the way around the three visible sides. Drawer is also walnut and slides on wooden runners. This was a prototype and I have three more in the works now.

Edit, I should add that the base is from www.modernconscience.com and my table is an interpretation of a table found on their website. They do fantastic work and I encourage anyone to check them out.

-- www.alibiwoodworks.com





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#1 posted 01-15-2014 07:19 PM

Very, very cool. Push to open buffer? Nice finish too, what did you use?

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garbonsai

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 07:31 PM

Really, really sharp. I’d be interested in the finish used, too. Also, did you reclaim the base from an actual char, or model it off of the HMDC?

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#3 posted 01-15-2014 07:38 PM

Awesome! I love me some walnut. That beveled opening is pretty cool.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#4 posted 01-15-2014 07:40 PM

Nice shape and good finish!
What is the joinery?

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#5 posted 01-15-2014 08:33 PM

Ooooh man that is nice! How did you cut your miters at the corners?

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 01-15-2014 08:43 PM

Very nice. Can’t go wrong with mid-century modern :)

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#7 posted 01-15-2014 09:45 PM

that’s one fantastic looking table! well done

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#8 posted 01-15-2014 10:08 PM

Beautiful work. I’m curious, how do you open the drawer ?

-- Julien

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#9 posted 01-15-2014 11:59 PM

Wow, thank you all so much for the nice words. I posted that in between two meetings I had so here is a little more info;
Finish: arm-r-seal by General Finishes. This stuff is amazing on walnut.
Joinery: each piece is mitered on all four edges and the joints are reinforced with mortise and tenons for strength.
Drawer pull: haha, I hadn’t installed the pull in the first few photos. I found these great brass pulls that you can see below.
Base: This is a very hi end reproduction base for a HM chair. I actually bought it for a chair, but decided that I liked the look.

-- www.alibiwoodworks.com

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#10 posted 01-16-2014 01:42 AM

David
Mid century modern is my favorite style. I’m glad you posted. Very cool design and it looks well crafted. I noticed a bent wood chair in one of the pics. It looks like you have quite a collection. An Eames chair perhaps?
Cheers

-- Glen

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#11 posted 01-16-2014 02:00 AM

Glen, thanks for the kind words. We bought this mid century house a few years ago and have been hooked on MCM since. It’s a neat SoCal original house so I’m trying to fill it with nice handmade pieces while restoring it as well. The bent ply chair is actually an Ikea we picked up at a garage sale!

-- www.alibiwoodworks.com

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#12 posted 01-16-2014 03:12 AM

Great job David, thanks for the GF stain and top coat recommendation. The closets are going up this weekend.

Shawn

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#13 posted 01-16-2014 03:37 AM

Nice, luv that retro look.

-- - Martin

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#14 posted 01-16-2014 05:49 AM

very nice! Very classy retro lines.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 01-16-2014 03:11 PM

I put in the favorite folder before I read the description. Beautiful.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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