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Forum topic by Mammatus posted 02-23-2014 12:16 AM 1151 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2014 12:16 AM

OK – I’m building this table for my mom from a beautiful slice of a maple tree that was cut down on her property a few years ago. I finally got around to chiseling off all the bark and sanding it to a beautiful, smooth surface.

I’m trying to figure out how to design the legs. A few months ago I built a small play table for my daughters and I’m borrowing from the design of that to build similar legs for this table out of 3/4” stock.

With this new table, I have come up with two possible designs. I like the fact that the maple slice is not symmetric – on one side, it has a much steeper slope rather than just a 90-degree edge. I’d like to mimic that asymmetry in the legs, so I came up with this plan which would have the legs sort of mimic the angle of the slab. Note that only one of the three legs would have that exaggerated angle…the other three would all be just a few degrees off of vertical. That is option #1. Alternatively, I could just make all four legs be symmetric; that is Option #2.

I’ve mocked up the legs with some spare hardboard so I could get an idea of what the finished product might look like (note the finished legs will be thicker and a lighter shade more closely matching the maple top). So , I turn to you: Which of the two options do you like better:

[size=150]Option #1:[/size]

[size=150]Option #2:[/size]

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 12:52 AM


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#2 posted 02-23-2014 02:15 AM

Both designs look good to me. I want to know how you got that “cookie” dried without cracking?

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#3 posted 02-23-2014 02:21 AM

#2. I think that angled leg would be a problem since it sticks out past the edge of the table.

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#4 posted 02-23-2014 02:31 AM

Both look pretty good to me, but I’d go with narrower legs. +1 to wanting to know how that cookie didn’t crack.

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#5 posted 02-23-2014 02:48 AM

It is a beautiful piece with no cracks on it. Whatever you do with it, it should turn out nice.


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#6 posted 02-23-2014 03:44 AM

#1 – the asymmetry of the legs works well with the asymmetry of the slice. But what Richard said – make the legs narrower, maybe as small as half what your mock up uses.

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#7 posted 03-07-2014 03:42 PM

Thank you all for the input.

The cookie was cut a few years ago from a healthy tree, but one that needed to be removed due to interference with utility lines. Within days of it being cut, a friend sealed both sides with a single thick coating of poly that was slopped on. Apparently that helped slow the drying down enough to minimize cracking.

So is the consensus for narrower legs, regardless of the design?

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#8 posted 03-07-2014 06:58 PM

#1 with more of a hook at the end, to tuck it in a tad.

Maybe mock it up with thinner legs and a color closer to finished.

How thick are the legs ? You can play with the visual weight on how you treat the edges.

Gonna look great, post a finished pic.

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#9 posted 03-07-2014 07:13 PM

What do you mean by more of a hook? Curve the far-reaching leg back in a bit on the outside edge?

I’m planning to use oak plywood for the legs…and I’ll add some oak veneer to the edges for the appearance of solid boards…and was planning on them being 3/4” thick.

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