Champagne Table

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Project by Dave Hair posted 05-20-2014 09:00 PM 2698 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I are celebrating our 50 years of marriage on June 7. We have a modest party planned of about 70 or 80 people. Discussions with the party planner suggested that we didn’t have appropriate facilities for serving wine and drinks, so I cleverly said I could build a champagne table that might be novel and fit the theme of the party.

A month later and it is ready for use (as soon as I polyurethane it).

It is made with Russian birch plywood, 3/4 inch for the top and 1/2 inch for the legs. The railing holding the glass in place is scrap birch left over from the baseboards of our house when it was built 13 or so years ago.

I must confess to using a CNC router that I recently built from a Blacktoe kit from I used Vectric VCarvePro 7.0 for the cad requirements and toolpath calculations, and Mach 3 Mill for running the toolpaths. I’m happy to share the files for personal use only. There are no assembly instructions.

The design is pretty much random as far as hole size and placement are concerned. It just looked interesting as I drew it. All eight legs are the same design. I did not miter them together, but used solid birch as the intersection. The pieces were glued and doweled. Doweling was interesting – 1/4 inch is not much room for a dowel, so I used bamboo skewers from the grocery store as my dowel material. That bamboo is tough! The hole size was only a couple hundredths larger than the dowel, so it took a mallet to drive them home.

I must be stuck in a rut. This is my third project on lumberjocks and they are all tables. Oh, well.

-- JDHair

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#1 posted 05-20-2014 09:47 PM

very cool looking table. Congratulations on your 50th.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 05-20-2014 10:43 PM

Congratulations on your anniversary. Great table – may I suggest a matching serving tray for the cheese (Swiss of course)? :) Very imaginative and fun design. Thanks for posting

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 05-21-2014 03:25 AM

I was told that Russian birch plywood is highly prone to massive white ant/termite attacks, which have been known to occur overnight!

Congratulations on the 50th anniversary not many couples around theses days that can boast the same, myself included.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 05-21-2014 07:46 AM

Congrats on your 50th anniversary (I’m two years behind you). Very imaginative and attractive table. It should get a lot of attention at the party.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-21-2014 10:44 AM

Cool design

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 05-21-2014 11:33 AM

Congrats on your 50th anniversary adn a very cool looking table…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 05-21-2014 05:31 PM

Mazel tov on hitting 50! Great achievement. Fun table. I’m sure it’ll get a lot of use on that special day. So well deserved. And, yes, Leafherder’s correct: get some Swiss cheese.

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#8 posted 05-22-2014 02:31 PM

All your projects may be tables but they are unique, very interesting in design and well executed. Here is to many more tables (or whatever else takes your fancy) from you. Nice work, Dave

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 05-25-2014 02:22 AM

rut? more like a groove. That’s a good thing. nice job

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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