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Forum topic by Grampa_Doodie posted 07-29-2012 09:16 PM 3090 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2012 09:16 PM

Calling all woodworkers!! OK, now that I have your most appreciated attention, I have yet another quick question for this fine group of woodworkers.

I’ve just acquired a few gorgeous, very thick, wide slabs of cherry. My intentions are to make at least one coffee table with one of those slabs. (Maybe even a dual-level coffee table.) I’m looking for ideas for the base. I really don’t need plans…but rather maybe some links to photos. I’ve searched the web fairly extensively, and have yet to see anything that would fit the bill.

Here’s what I’d like to see:

Maybe something that late woodworking master Sam Maloof would have drawn up. I’m looking to push my woodworking to the next level, and would like to try something a bit more difficult than all of the “straight-lined” projects I’ve made for years.

What I’m not looking for:

Your typical four legs or two stumps of a tree. :)

I do have access to many, many years worth of woodworking magazines, but thought I’d give a shout out to those of you who just might have some clever ideas for me.

Maybe something on these lines.

Thanks so much everyone, Gramps.

-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 09:27 PM

Sized down and made from wood this would be a handsome base.

Might try searching art deco coffee table.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 11:47 AM

wormil it looks amazing, but it’s something more proper for a lounge coffee or something like that

-- Andrei,

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 04:38 PM

If you use wainy edges it introduces a lot of tension into the design
and incorporating legs and skirts near the edges becomes a
design risk to my eye.

One interesting thing you can do is use through-mortises and this
draws the leg design up through the top, both visually and
structurally. One problem with slab-top tables with modern
bases as they often look like a flat slab just dropped onto some
geometric form and the whole table has dubious design unity.

I’d be wary, personally, of grabbing base design ideas from
tables with glass tops. The glass topped-table asks different design
questions of furniture and from a different point of view.

Not that there are any wrong answers, but there is such a
thing as ugly furniture.

I’d recommend, judging from that veneered thing in the top
post, that you look into Biedermeier furniture and see
if that gets the juices flowing.

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