Walnut table

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Project by Don10 posted 09-28-2014 02:27 AM 3158 views 26 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First project working with tapered laminations. Table inspired by Adrian Ferrazutti’s Apollo Table. Scaled up to dining table from coffee table. Black Walnut laminations (8 plies) with solid Wenge used for edging and glass grasps. Glass table top is 48” diameter by 3/8” thick. Joinery used was floating tenons with double splines used to join the four mitered arms on the top and bottom. Fixtures used came from articles in Fine Woodworking by Michael Fortune. It was a rewarding and fun project.

-- Don, Silver City, If you always do what what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 03:04 AM

Very elegant and superb craftsmanship .
Love the design with all curves and very attractive accents .


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 09-28-2014 03:27 AM

I really like the table and the craftsmanship. nice work.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#3 posted 09-28-2014 03:48 AM

Pretty cool.

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#4 posted 09-28-2014 11:23 AM

Thats quite a design. Now you just need to make somechairs to go with it..
Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#6 posted 09-28-2014 12:55 PM

How did you cut the strips? When I made my tapered lamination table legs I cut them on the table saw. There us a lot of waste and walnut is expensive. Did you use the bandsaw or some other narrow kerf saw?

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#7 posted 09-28-2014 01:13 PM

Looks really nice.


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#8 posted 09-28-2014 01:24 PM

I don’t like glass topped tables but I would have that in my house. I could never put anything on it so I could always see the craftsmanship of the legs. Beautiful job.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#9 posted 09-28-2014 01:55 PM

“Project” is putting it mildly! Boy, you were really inventive in the way you designed and put this table together. Truly a work of art you can be proud of! Very nice work!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#10 posted 09-28-2014 02:24 PM

super workmanship and cool joinery = a superb table.


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#11 posted 09-28-2014 02:27 PM

Tapered plies (strips) were cut using a bandsaw. See Michael Fortune’s 2008 article in FWW on Making Tapered Laminations.

-- Don, Silver City, If you always do what what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

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#12 posted 09-28-2014 02:39 PM

This is so nice looking. Congratulations on this fine piece, Don.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 09-28-2014 02:46 PM

That is beautiful. I did a table with odd curved legs like that and the joinery was definitely a challenge. Did you feel like the floating tenons worked pretty well?

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#14 posted 09-28-2014 03:36 PM

I agree that the joinery is challenging. What made it so were the compound tapers. Next time I would cut the mortises before making the side tapers. This would provide more accurate registration in the jig. Using paper mortise patterns helped ensure accuracy. When you cut 48 mortises you want to be as accurate as you can. Thanks for the comments!

-- Don, Silver City, If you always do what what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

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#15 posted 09-28-2014 04:03 PM

Fine craftsmanship Don.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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