3d Tumbling Blocks/ Louis Cube Coffee and End Tables

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Project by FluffyButters posted 07-24-2014 06:07 AM 5499 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a coffee table and two end table for my sister. They are made out of Cherry. The diamonds on the top are Cherry, Maple, and Chinese Elm. She wanted the tables to have this type of sides.

Here is a link to more picture of my project.

This is the jig I made to cut my diamonds with

I figured people would like to see how I cut all of those diamonds, so I have uploaded a couple pictures of the jig that I made to cut them with. I am also posting a video of me cutting some diamonds. In the video I am cutting a scrap of pine about 8 or 9” wide with a 24 tooth blade. When I cut the diamonds out of Cherry, Maple, and Chinese Elm I used an 80 tooth blade (Freud LU74R010). All of the edges looked like they were polished. I had to feed the hard wood at a slower rate since I was using a blade with lots of teeth. I made the jig out of ½” plywood. It has a piece of oak on the front and the back to keep it together since the plywood actually ends up getting cut in half. The back oak board has about 10” cut off the right side. This allows me to cut boards up to 12” wide. The only problem with my portable table saw, this jig, and wide boards is that not much of the sled is on the table when I started the cut or removed the cut strips. I feel that anything over 8” is really to wide to be cut safely. There is another piece of oak that is attached to the plywood at a set angle. There are two pieces of wood that attach to that piece of oak. One is doweled on and has two T-bolts through it. These T-bolts fit into a slot on another piece of oak which acts as stop. This allows the diamonds to be basically identical. The other piece has a feather board attached to it and helps keep downward pressure on the wood allowing me to make a straight cut. Plus, it helps keep my fingers out of harms way.
I would take a piece of wood between 8” and 10” wide. I would cut one end at 30 degrees on my miter saw. Then, I would measure 25 inches from that cut and cut it again. This made them easier to handle and depending on the size of diamond left almost no waste. I would then slide the board under the feather board and right up to the line where the blade would cut. I then take about a blade with off just to make sure that its going to be the angle that I want. After I trued it up I would slide it firmly against my stop. Then repeat many times. After I had a bunch of strips of wood, I would slide them under the feather board and just past the saw blade. I would true the strip up and then slide it firmly against the stop. I had to do this a lot, but it’s worth it. I think that watching the video may explain things better.

If you have any more questions just ask. I will try to answer them.


All laid out

Ready to be put together

End table bases glued up

Coffee table base glued up

Diamonds ready to be made into a top

Coffee table top all glued together

Using a router sled to remove the glue from the diamonds

One coat of General Finishes Satin Top Coat

Product delivered

Thanks for looking.

13 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-24-2014 08:43 AM

Great looking and very well made project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Richard Miller

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#2 posted 07-24-2014 11:29 AM

super job.

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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#3 posted 07-24-2014 11:37 AM

Very NICE !

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#4 posted 07-24-2014 12:30 PM

Wow. A lot of very fine precise workmanship. Well done.

-- jroot

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#5 posted 07-24-2014 03:27 PM

Spectacular! That’s a great way to keep your client happy.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#6 posted 07-24-2014 04:22 PM

Wow, loving a less-complicated version of this design as a coffee table. You do some excellent work. Any pictures of what you used to cut out the diamonds to an exact dimension that many times? Rough cuts trimmed up to a template with router? Or are you just THAT good w/ a bandsaw

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#7 posted 07-24-2014 05:21 PM

Hello FluffyButters


With a so beautiful table we can’t put nothing on it

A lot of precision for a so nice table

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#8 posted 07-25-2014 01:38 AM

Again wow!!
I am sure this isn’t you first project, looking forward to seeing your others.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#9 posted 07-25-2014 02:26 AM

I had every intention of making a table just like this, except now looking at how good you made yours I don’t think I would be able to without being too self critical. I also think I would throw up all over myself if I was drinking and looked at it too long. makes me dizzy but really good job!

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#10 posted 07-25-2014 05:57 AM

Thanks for all of the nice comments. I really appreciate them.
I have posted some pictures of the jig I made to cut the diamonds, as well as a video of me cutting some as well.

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#11 posted 07-26-2014 02:19 AM

Thanks for posting the additional details. Might cut a dozen to see if I’m worthy :P.

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#12 posted 09-10-2014 02:12 AM

inspiring… is the angle between your table saw blade and your guide 60 degrees? 30 degrees? or something else?

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#13 posted 02-24-2015 04:24 PM

Outstanding!!! I truly would like to try this myself.
Thanks for sharing

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