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Project by Tony posted 11-18-2008 04:51 PM 3972 views 14 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw the original design featured on the back cover FWW No 200 (October 2008). The original designer and builder of the project was Petter Southall

My customer liked the concept, but did not want the full size version, but coffee table size. 1.5m (59”) long x 50cm wide (20”) x 50 cm (20”) High.

The method of fixing the table together was basically the same – very little glue, but the copper rivets were replace by brass bolts. All the construction and dimensions were derived from the main photograph and the small write-up on the article. This was not a difficult project, but was quite time consuming, as I had to bend the arch using steam, which I had not used for nearly 40 years. Hence the posting on the steam box

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The timber is Finnish White Oak, the same customer who had the Hall Chest Click for details
and Hall Bench
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The finish on the project is Polyx hard wax oil (frame 2 coats and the top 4 coats). I still have to sand out the final coats and then add Fiddes supreme wax to the frame and table top. I’ll update this with some more pictures when it is finished in a couple of weeks.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#1 posted 11-18-2008 05:13 PM

very nice jop.TONY

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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#2 posted 11-18-2008 05:28 PM

Very impressive woodworks. I like the table top book matching.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-18-2008 05:30 PM

Nice work. I saw the same article and really liked the look. I like the smaller table better. Looks great.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 11-18-2008 05:38 PM

I really like the top Tony.
The grain really makes the piece.
I can only appreciate how difficult the arches were to get an equal bend and spacing for each but they are not my favourite design due to the difficulty in keeping the spaces dust free.

Still a very impressive piece of art.

Your craftsmanship as always is impeccable.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 11-18-2008 05:39 PM

That is so cool. Love the arch with the space between, looks great. Beautiful wood and craftsmanship, SUPER!

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

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#7 posted 11-18-2008 06:14 PM

That’s it. I’m giving up woodworking completely. Time to have a fire sale and get rid of all of my tools. I’ll NEVER be able to create something as cool as that.

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#8 posted 11-18-2008 06:32 PM

A beautiful creation Tony!

When I looked at the first two images, I thought was laminated with light, & dark wood.

A very unique design.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 11-18-2008 06:57 PM

Thank you for the nice comments. I would like to take credit for the design, but this must really go to Petter Southall, I only copied his concept and rescaled it a little.

I have been very lucky with this customer – He has supplied all the wood (300bf), which was partly green when it arrived. So I have been able to pick and choose the timber used for project in hand. As I have seen the nice looking boards, I have reserved these for prominent features, whilst the not so nice wood, for the lower profile parts. The great thing is I do not have to worry about color matching.

The top was cut from one board which was 10’ long 12” wide and 3” thick – it really did produce a nice book matched pattern.

Bob I never thought about the dust build up – better keep this quiet, in case somebody else wants me to make another one! At least I do not have to worry about keeping it clean – I have a big compressor, which is always full of lots of nice cleaning agent.

Beardking You have to start before you can stop and you cannot give up if you have never tried !!!!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#10 posted 11-18-2008 07:48 PM

Cool, Tony. Man that top looks great, and the “hollow” strip arches really are unique.

By the way, I just checked out that link. What a cool website, thanks for mentioning it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 11-18-2008 08:31 PM

Very Nice!!! Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 11-18-2008 10:45 PM

Wow great job, a beautiful table. The legs are done very well.

-- Woody, UK

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#13 posted 11-19-2008 05:27 AM

Tony…such a wonderful rendition of Peter’s work…I look at that back cover a lot of that issue of FWW…very nice job!!!

OBI—-I remember that conversation!!!! But is wax the plastic we talked about…actually at the time I had no idea what you guys were talking about…but I do remember the debate on the finish…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 11-19-2008 05:34 AM

Great work Tony.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 11-19-2008 03:38 PM

Obi & Matt Can you point me in the direction of that thread, I would be interested to read it through

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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