Craftsman Display Table

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Project by schroeder posted 09-29-2008 04:49 PM 3099 views 21 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this display table for a client who wanted it for a sculpture that had an 18”x18” footprint, 36” tall and weighed in at 100 lbs. I did several renderings in Sketchup and we decided on a final plan. The table is 40” tall, with a 26” square top. I floated the top and reverse tapered the legs to try and draw the eye up the table and to the artwork. The top is a book-matched Black Walnut burl with Mtn. Mahogany accents on the breadboard ends. The joints are all mortice and tenon with oak pins. The gridwork and feet-notches are based on ideas stolen from Kevin Rodel. The finish is 3 caots of sealer, 5 caots of poly and wax. It’s wierd, but kinda cool looking! – lota fun to build, and the sale paid for my “plunge” into the Festool depths -I picked up three new sanders and the vacum system :)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 09-29-2008 05:02 PM

The video is nice, but it could be better if you explained a little about the process of making it. Just a thought.
Beautiful piece by the way

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 09-29-2008 05:03 PM

Whoa, good thing I was sitting down, then I stood up, then I sat back down. Beautiful.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 09-29-2008 05:31 PM

That is something, great looking design. How long did it take you to make it?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Douglas Krueger

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#4 posted 09-29-2008 05:50 PM

Innovative and beautiful design. Love the way the top floats but am wondering one thing. Do the 4 mortise joints on the table top rails carry the entire 100 lb load or am I missing something?

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#5 posted 09-29-2008 06:10 PM

That is beautiful. It’s too bad that your client is going to cover up that walnut burl top with something else. Hope it does your table justice.

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#6 posted 09-29-2008 07:15 PM

Very nice looking table. That top is great!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 09-29-2008 07:34 PM

Sweet Table!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 09-29-2008 07:56 PM

Unique design and great wood!

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

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#9 posted 09-29-2008 08:09 PM

what can say, very kind of table .thanks for sharing

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#10 posted 09-29-2008 10:54 PM

Your choice and application of the wood grain is very nice.

Thanks for posting

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#11 posted 09-29-2008 11:54 PM

Thanks all! a fun project!
Doug – yep! the stretchers with the through mortise carry the whole load. We were talking about the properties of Black Walnut last night, many other woods could not take the design well – but BW is the strongest wood we have ever worked with and it will easily handle the weight.
Rustic – anything you want to know, just ask. I can post the Sketchup plans and blown-up parts list as well if anyone wants them.
The project took about 30 hours to make and another 10 to finish. The client is in the same group that we made the walnut dining table for (earlier project). He wanted it to mimic that table, hence, the same wild grain in the top… that he is going to cover up ;)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#12 posted 09-30-2008 12:27 AM

Thanks for the post… I wasn’t sure if i liked it the first time i looked but the more i see the table the more i like it, in fact, i really like it… nice work

-- Jeremy, North Dakota

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#13 posted 09-30-2008 03:23 AM

very nice indeed

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#14 posted 09-30-2008 04:28 AM

schroeder…awesome as always…have not seeen you on in a while…maybe I just have missed your work…glad to see your still goin….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 10-01-2008 03:53 PM

This is the third time I’ve come back to this piece. This is a work of art in it’s own right.


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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