Naguchi Coffee Table - Ambrosia Maple

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Project by Seankub posted 04-07-2014 02:18 PM 3379 views 22 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a reproduction (with some woodworker’s license) of the table sculptor Isamu Naguchi create. I like mine better because I focused more on the wood selection (ambrosia maple), his pieces came in black, basic cherry and basic maple.

-- Sean, Ohio City - Cleveland,

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 02:27 PM

Unique table and design ,very well done,

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 02:27 PM

very nice

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 02:28 PM

That is some thick glass on the top what does it weight 50 pounds?

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 02:29 PM

It’s a nice design and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 02:33 PM

That’s awesome

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 03:06 PM

Very cool, you have a work of art at home

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#7 posted 04-07-2014 03:31 PM

Any danger in the grain direction with a lot of weight on it?

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#8 posted 04-07-2014 03:45 PM

Ages ago, my mother worked at a high end furniture store and got a substantial discount on her own purchases.

My parents had a genuine Isamu Naguchi table with the top in a triangular shape with rounded corner. This was in our living room for years. But when we moved into a new house, the table was stored in the basement for some reason, until my older brother and I took up playing hockey in the largely empty basement…... and you guessed it. SMASH !!! Fortunately for me, my brother took all the blame :^(

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#9 posted 04-07-2014 05:13 PM

This is AWESOME! Great job

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#10 posted 04-07-2014 06:37 PM

Super work! Love this. Thanks for sharing

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#11 posted 04-07-2014 07:04 PM

Great job

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#12 posted 04-07-2014 07:24 PM

I make the connection joint with a 3/8” x 4” aluminum rod. This allows for a sturdy and tight fit as well as allowing for breakdown in the event I wanted to ship. So, grain direction is not as much of an issues and I was allowed to go with a horizontal pattern. Don’t get me wrong, it is not as study as a four leg table, but not bad. I would warn against this type of table if any thing more than normal to light action was expected.

Thanks for the comments.

-- Sean, Ohio City - Cleveland,

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#13 posted 04-07-2014 07:25 PM

Now that is cool!

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#14 posted 04-07-2014 08:24 PM

Beautiful design as well as execution!

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#15 posted 04-07-2014 11:02 PM

Really nice and unique. Nice work!

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