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01-12-2014 04:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: joining finishing walnut resource

I saw this Atlas Coffee Table by Brad Ascalon on the Design Within Reach website, and it stopped me in my tracks. Not sure if I want to chuck it all because I can never top this, or borrow some of the joinery and incorporate it into my own work. To me, it’s something like a PhD dissertation on the subject of advanced joinery.

I guess you could classify it as “modern”, but I think it’s timeless.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"


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#1 posted 01-12-2014 04:55 PM

It doesn’t really do anything for me. There isn’t anything new about the joinery – I’m sure that middle joint has appeared in more than a few magazine articles – usually about tables – and the other joints look like pinned mortise/tenon, another common joint.
The overall shape seems very familiar and I too would call it “modern.” It may be timeless, but for me it’s not so much “timeless like a classic work of art” but rather “timeless like nuclear waste.” Actually, aside from the crispness of the joinery, the simple wood frame and marble top remind me of a lot of the living-room furniture I saw at the discount warehouse stores when I was looking for a sofa.

Still, to each his own taste. :)

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#2 posted 01-12-2014 05:01 PM

Tough crowd today. :)

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#3 posted 01-12-2014 05:17 PM

I think it’s just a difference in tastes. The only coffee-table I’ve ever seen and immediately liked was made of metal and tile. For dining tables, I might see a trestle table with natural edges and say “wow that’s awesome” and someone else would say “yea, gee, that’s original. What are we, back in 1700?”

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#4 posted 01-12-2014 05:28 PM

Obviously, this is going to be all about subjective tastes, but I’ve got to say: I really don’t like it all. The top and the base are horribly mismatched. And I do not like the “x” on the floor. I don’t know what the focal point is supposed to be – the “x” or the top. Finally, the more I look at the “x”, the more I think “why? Why not just normal legs?”

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#5 posted 01-12-2014 05:32 PM

It is funny how something will catch your eye and stop you in your tracks. That happened to me this morning looking at contrasting wood word art (scrollsaw). I’ve seen it before. Was it this particular artist’s work or just my frame of mind this am or what. Anyway it made me say”Wow!”. I like the open frame work and smooth joinery of this table John. At the same time my shins/knees are cringing away from those outside pieces! Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 01-12-2014 05:34 PM

I like the look of it.

Functionally, having the leg assembly extend beyond the top might be poor, ergonomically.

I like designs that make the support structure less obtrusive. This table I made is not the “perfect table,” it is an alternative to the cheap folding banquet table, but with interlocking half-lap slotted legs for a knock down flat table. My goal was to get the legs away from the edges. This is just a plywood and plastic laminate version. I think it could be made of classier materials.

I post it as an illustration of modern design, but with more thought to ergonomics. I would like to make a coffee table version of it sometime.

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#7 posted 01-12-2014 05:49 PM

basswood, nice table. Can you show us pix of it disassembled?

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#8 posted 01-12-2014 07:06 PM

Subject table – It’s f’ugly… just my opinion.

Joinery is nice and neat. But the table looks like it belongs in the Dr. waiting room or some office setting.

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#9 posted 01-12-2014 07:14 PM

John, i like this Table. Really nice design and structure.

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#10 posted 01-12-2014 08:34 PM

John, def a tough crowd. I can really appreciate the design and flawless joints on this piece as well as the seamless flow of the different wood. Subtle but def a timeless classic. Thanks for sharing

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#11 posted 01-12-2014 09:05 PM

I really like that mid century modern furniture. I think Steve Ramsey did some mid century type things too.

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#12 posted 01-12-2014 09:16 PM

John, tough crowd alright. Funnily enough I’ve been thinking along those lines myself since a visit to IKEA last week. VEJMON comes in several different configurations. The most successful, for me is the side table. More importantly, it is much better in person than in the photo. I had to go back and look again.

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/80161466/

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#13 posted 01-12-2014 09:36 PM

we had furniture in the uk in the sixties like this called G plan have you guys heard of it it is very similar even the wood choice/ Alistair

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#14 posted 01-12-2014 10:11 PM

All I can say is that those who agreed with me are absolutely correct, and those who didn’t are just plain wrong.
So there. :)

Maybe what I liked most about it is the tradition Arts&Crafts joinery without the chunky baggage that comes with A&C.
So there … again.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#15 posted 01-12-2014 10:16 PM

I think it’s rather handsome, but my wife would hate it. Regardless of what I think, it’s good to take a risk and do something that will appeal to some but not others. What I am really averse to more than anything is cookie-cutter/Ikea looking things. This is at least original.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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