woodwhisperer inspired end table

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Project by spike posted 09-16-2008 03:53 PM 2428 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s an end table I just finished for a wedding gift. The top is made from 10/4 curly maple with strips of butternut mixed in. The legs were made from 5/4 (i’m not sure what type of wood if anyone can help me out on that one) that was doubled up trying to bookmatch the grain to make them two inches thick.
The pattern for the leg’s came from Marc’s endtable podcast with a little modification. I used paint cans and strips of 1/8” hardboard to design the curves of the legs.

In any case, the rough dimensions of the top are 30” L x 12.75” W-8” W x 2” D. The table stands at 26 inches high. From the outside to outside on the legs, it’s 15.5 inches wide.
The pins for the top are 3/4” diameter and are glued into the hole of the top and float in the legs. I applied a few coats of wood wax to them as a finish so they float freely in the legs for expansion and contraction of the top. The top is fastened to the other legs with pocket hole screws and pine plugs for a little contrast.

I welcome any suggestions and ideas to change for the one i’m going to make for my gorgeous wife.
Thanks for the podcast Marc and the idea of such a unique table.

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#1 posted 09-16-2008 03:55 PM

Beautiful job Spike!

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#2 posted 09-16-2008 04:00 PM

Great looking work. The wood choice is excellent!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 09-16-2008 06:04 PM

Love the table. Great choice of wood and design.

-- Rusty

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#4 posted 09-16-2008 06:59 PM

this is fantastic!!! Such a conversation piece AND beautiful.
Simply stunning

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 09-16-2008 07:03 PM

Great Job!!! Beautiful curly maple.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 09-16-2008 07:52 PM

It is beautiful. You did a great job.

Looks like a piece of art.

-- Kirk H. --

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#7 posted 09-16-2008 08:23 PM

awesome design and such a beautiful piece

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 09-16-2008 08:46 PM

Gorgeous! Wow that is some table. Great design and wood.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 09-16-2008 09:59 PM

beautiful.great looking work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#10 posted 09-16-2008 10:38 PM

Very nice, I love the design and the wood is beautiful.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#11 posted 09-16-2008 10:53 PM

Beautiful work! I’ll bet it is a real conversation piece for years to come.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 09-17-2008 12:28 AM

Looks great from where I see it! I bet the wedding party will be happy. I really like the grain pattern of the top.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#13 posted 09-17-2008 12:31 AM

very nice…you sshould send the whisperer a PM so it sees it…I am sure he is a busy guy…but would love to see it!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 09-17-2008 01:30 AM

Very nice looking; the base looks like cherry.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#15 posted 09-17-2008 02:31 AM

Hey thanks Matt! Spike let me know about the table a while back. I did a post on it and a few others the other day:

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