Challenge 03 Entry - Bridge Dining Table

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Blog entry by RickInTexas posted 09-17-2007 08:22 PM 2092 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So after missing out on the last challenge, I made myself get this one done before time ran out. Let me first start by showing my influence.
Design Influence 1
This shows the column and cap design that I like that we are using for bridges around the Houston area. I work for Texas Dept. of Transportation, so I thought that doing a table inspired by not one single location, but by all the bridges that I have been around for the past couple years.
Design Influence 2
This second one shows the beams between two bent caps.

Main Design Picture
So here it is, it is designed to have two columns for each end, with an “inverted tee cap” in which the beams supporting the top sit on.
Underside View
Here is the underside of the table. There are four beams that support the top. The beams would be glued to the top so that they would move with the expansion/contraction of the top board. Then, they would only be pinned along one beam length to keep the top from shifting around. This is the same type of method that is used when building the bridges.
Column End View
Finally, the columns are flared on the side to double in width from the bottom to the top. The raised star is a pattern that I like, since it is simple, but yet signifies a lot for the state. The columns would be mounted on a single board to keep them from moving around on the floor.

This is a project that I am considering making in the next few years to serve as a desk, rather than a dining table. If I get into the main office and have a permanent office (not cubicle), then I think this would make a great conversation piece for office visitors.

-- Rick - Spring, TX

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#1 posted 09-17-2007 08:32 PM

That should make for one sturdy table or desk! Great Job!

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Damian Penney

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#2 posted 09-17-2007 08:34 PM

Good looking table with a lot of neat details.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 09-17-2007 08:41 PM

love it, looks nice and heavy.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 09-17-2007 09:03 PM

Excellent work Rick. The design is very good. Has a FLW feel.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 09-18-2007 12:32 AM

Looks like the 249 fly-over I took from beltway 8 today. Great table design.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 09-18-2007 12:35 AM

Nice design Rick. Looks impressive and would make a great table.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 09-18-2007 01:10 AM

Very nice. I love the details.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 09-18-2007 02:15 AM

Excellent design, looks like it will hold-up to just about anything…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#9 posted 09-18-2007 02:32 AM

Great design. It looks like you could dance a Texas hoe-down on it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 09-18-2007 06:21 PM

awesome!!! Well done. I bet the person who designed the bridge would love to have this table.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 09-19-2007 04:58 PM

I’ve seen those here in North Texas too, nice design.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#12 posted 09-24-2007 12:23 PM

..and of course the Lone Star has been included. Nicely done. I used to live very close to a large number of these in Dallas. And of course the wood should include some mesquite or pecan.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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