Fallingwater Dining Table

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Blog entry by Kevin Wilson posted 09-29-2007 07:47 AM 3860 reads 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When it was time to design my table, there was only one choice for the inspiration. As a graduate of architectural design, I’ve always been fascinated with Frank Lloyd Wright. I spent a lot of time with my nose buried in books about “Fallingwater”, his masterpiece.

Then I went there….


It was amazing! The entire house seems to have grown from the rock all on it’s own. I returned from the trip and wrote my final paper on Fallingwater. Since then I’ve returned several times, and hope to go again very soon.

My goal was a table design that would include many of the grand design features of Fallingwater on a smaller scale, and still be a functional and attractive piece. Here’s what I came up with:

iso view

The table measures 76” long, 44” wide, and 30” tall. The panels and curves of the top are reflected in the porch roof at Fallingwater. The full radius I used on the table top edge is also found in many places.

top view



In the main room at Fallingwater is a large fireplace. The hearth of the fireplace is actually the top of the boulder used in the foundation of the house rising from the floor. Just as that hearth serves as the centerpiece for the house, I chose stone as the centerpiece for my table. Also, the framework of the table top curves around the centerpiece in much the same way that the concrete beams in the picture below curve around a tree found at Fallingwater.

The table top frame is made of Cherry, and the stone sits on a Bloodwood base. I thought the Bloodwood did a nice job representing the red metalwork found at Fallingwater.

And the panels on the table top….Waterfall Bubinga of course!

stone detail



The table apron is made up of an upper and lower apron. The lower apron, made of Cherry, features extended double through tenons in the joinery. This picture of one of the terrace supports at Fallingwater inspired the tenons.

end view

rounded tenon detail

Fallingwater (Summer 2003) - 12

The upper apron, made of Bloodwood, is meant to tie in the long, red runs of window frames at Fallingwater. These long sets of contrasting frames, along with the terraces, serve to give Fallingwater the impression of being very wide and low to the ground….even though the main house is 3 stories!

front view


The legs of the table are made of Cherry, tapering to the floor while angling out to provide a more stable base for the table top. The top itself extends past the base assembly quite a bit…cantilevers are the heart of Fallingwater!

leg support detail

The leg supports are intended to resemble the supports found below Fallingwater in shape, and in that they are wider at the top and taper towards the bottom.

I hope you all like it!

-- Can't never did nothin' - Grampa Knapp

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#1 posted 09-29-2007 08:20 AM

Wow, that’s just fantastic man! Good luck!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 09-29-2007 11:15 AM

this is fantastic.
not only do I love the table but i really enjoyed the tour of the building you took us on!

(I’d love to see more pictures of the tour).

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

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 09-29-2007 02:22 PM

Very thoughtful designing and true to the ideas of FLW. Very effective use of materials and a pleasing end result. Very good.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-29-2007 03:22 PM

Your love of the architecture shines through! Thanks for the tour of the house and the table.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Kevin Wilson

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#5 posted 09-29-2007 04:26 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. OKALBERT, I did consider a multi-tiered table early on. In the end, I felt it didn’t pass the “eye test” as well as a single top panel. It took a bit away from the mass of the top. I felt that a large, thick top, cantilevered over a smaller base, was exactly the look I was after.

-- Can't never did nothin' - Grampa Knapp

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#6 posted 09-29-2007 04:37 PM

Wonderful. I’m a big Frank Lloyd Wright fan.

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

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#7 posted 09-30-2007 02:13 AM

Great work. I wonder how many things have been built with FLW’s work as the influence? I think what I like most about falling water is the mix of the natural and extreme engineering. It’s the contrast that makes it so memorable.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 10-01-2007 01:18 AM

I built some lamps base on ones in the house a couple of years back…..

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

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#9 posted 10-01-2007 04:58 AM

Nice design. Rock in the center is a good touch. You are a great furniture designer. I can imagine seeing this one in use !

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

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#10 posted 10-03-2007 02:10 AM

wow! well researched and thought out. great inspiration!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 10-04-2007 01:04 PM

A beautiful design.
I’m also a fan of FLW.
It looks like you’re an excellent architect also.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 10-26-2007 02:52 PM

Beautiful woodworking.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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