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woodchips

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10-07-2009 05:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: spalted sweetgum gum sweet walnut black walnut coffeetable coffee table

Hey All,

Okay this is a question for all you style mongers out there (ie: everybody) I am not really concerned about the strength of the legs but I’m wondering if I ought to put stretchers in here for more stylistic flair…or not. Now I know some of you might say, “well it just depends on what you like…” That’s not good enough for me, what I’m looking for are YOUR opinions. Stretchers I’m considering putting in would consist of two short stretchers on each end of the table then one 4 or 5 inch wide stretcher connecting the two end stretchers.

Anyway chime in if you would, I’m curious to hear some opinions.

Thanks,
~isaac

here’s some pics of the table as…not finished with oil on the bottom yet.

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-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 10-07-2009 06:40 AM

I would not put stretchers in unless the have a unique design or contrasting wood something other than just straight stretchers. The table is already beautiful with wonderful wood and great design.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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woodchips

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#2 posted 10-07-2009 07:17 AM

thanks Jim,
that’s the way i’ve been leaning but i’m gonna wait to hear more.

~isaac

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#3 posted 10-07-2009 08:12 AM

I like it the way it is.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 10-07-2009 11:20 AM

If you are looking for opinions, here goes.
I would say no streachers since the legs get larger going down streachers might tend to make it look bottom heavy. Unless, well, you are expecting a really big guest to use it for an ottoman regularly.
I like the two tone wood in the legs and the wood contrast in the top. Let that shine.

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Edward E Nock II

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#5 posted 10-07-2009 03:04 PM

Issac…..I agree w/ scottishrose as well as the others. The table is not for sitting, therefore, theres hould be no racking. If your table legs tapered down (top to bottom), cross strecher might work., but that’s another day. Stay w/ what you have.

ED

-- ED NOCK

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#6 posted 10-07-2009 03:39 PM

I say no

-- Joe

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#7 posted 10-07-2009 04:02 PM

It looks great as it is! ...but if you did want to add something I could invision arches instead of straight stretchers…jm2c

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 10-07-2009 04:14 PM

i agree: no stretchers. they would at best not be much seen, and at worst make the lower portion look to cluttered.

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#9 posted 10-07-2009 04:22 PM

yup ,
no stretchers ,
its already busy enough .

sure is beautiful !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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woodchips

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#10 posted 10-07-2009 04:25 PM

Ah Man!

I knew you guys would come through. I really appreciate all the opinions, I kept postponing putting the stretchers in because something just didn’t feel right and now you’ve all backed up my gut feeling. I guess it just goes to prove that old saying about “trusting your gut first”.

thanks Guys,
~isaac

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#11 posted 10-07-2009 05:06 PM

Okay, so all you have are man opinions.
Here’s an opinion from the other half…
The table is plain to me.
I would like to see the bell bottom legs accentuated with end stretchers, wide at legs tapering narrow to center of stretcher. Then a center stretcher the length of the table, straight length.
It will give it a sturdier look and set of the beautiful tapering of the legs.

Just my opinion, if all of you still disagree….I’m calling your wives !! LOL

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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woodchips

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#12 posted 10-07-2009 05:30 PM

Lisa,
thanks for chiming in, you got a laugh out loud from me on the “calling your wives” comment! I’d considered doing stretchers similar to what you described but with a small shelf !

From Spalted SweetGum & Walnut coffee table
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and it’s position would be something like this!

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and an end view of said position!

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so now with your opinion on the table, i guess i’m still gonna agonize over it for a few more days or so. and of course i’m still welcoming any and all opinions on this matter.

~isaac

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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Chris Wright

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#13 posted 10-07-2009 05:39 PM

I say no to the stretchers. I don’t think the legs need anything to accent them as it is. Besides, it looks as though you’ve already got a finish on it (I could be wrong, can’t access the hosting site and see larger pics, down side to working at a government facility), so to put the stretchers in you’d have to either cut mortises or drill dowel holes and if the tables already got a coat of finish, then I’d assume that the tables been assembled and that would make it very difficult to cut or drill accurately and you run the risk of ruining the piece.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#14 posted 10-07-2009 05:41 PM

how about a mock up of the idea ,
on some cans or something ,
just to look at it ?
then you will be able to see it both ways before plunging in .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Rick Dennington

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#15 posted 10-07-2009 06:19 PM

At this point I would say “no ” to the stretchers, cause like Chris said, it looks like you’ve already finished it, and already have a finish on it. But— in the building process, if you were going to put in a bottom shelf, then that would have been the time to do it. Otherwise, now you would run into problems , and it would look like “add-ons” came later. Leave it alone!! I’ve made coffee tables with and without stretchers, and bottom shelves, but as you know, it all has to be done in the woodworking/ building. That’s my 2 cents.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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