Art Deco TV Table #1: Form Follows Folly

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Blog entry by newTim posted 11-22-2015 10:02 PM 1542 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Or perhaps the title should be, “Form Follows Tragedy”?

Here is the initial chapter of the design and construction of a most challenging project. But why would anyone ever want or need to build such a thing? What follows is the documentation of a two year journey into pattern making, wood bending, form construction, curved veneering, trim inlay, creative joinery, jig design, and the ultimate victory of patience and stubbornness over a project that fought me every step of the way. But first the beginning.

The backstory on this piece can be summed up as follows; pizza driver, back injury, large chairs-small room, triangle space and the need for a TV table with storage. Got it? What to do? What to do? How would you solve this?

Well those are the “form” requirements, functionally it needed to be a certain height and have drawers for storage. So the folly begets form begets function and when combined with a desire to try to build something in the Deco style this is the result.

The next chapter will get in to construction the drawer fronts followed by the drawer construction with some real interesting sliding double dovetail joinery.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 03:11 AM

Beautiful design and nice execution.

Sometimes things are more than the sum of the parts…

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 05:34 AM


You should probably enter your table in some sort of woodworking/craftsmanship/veneering/bent lamination competition. It certainly is a worthy project! Thanks for sharing the details.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 11-24-2015 11:19 PM


The drawers pull out the front? Can we get a picture with one of them open?

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#4 posted 11-24-2015 11:21 PM

I really love your design and I’m a big fan of the art deco style, though I like other styles too. Back in the 60’s I owned my own furniture store and I sold a lot of modern pieces, mostly in walnut and one of my biggest sellers was a wedge shaped table which fit nicely between two chairs like yours does. It makes the arrangement much more social and it also makes for better lighting for the chairs.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 11-24-2015 11:48 PM

“Pictures? You want pictures?” :) Here's a link to the project page too.

-- tim hill

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#6 posted 12-09-2015 10:39 AM

Very cool and different. I like it a lot

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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