Opposing Arch Table

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Project by Blake posted 11-26-2008 11:06 AM 4431 views 27 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This is the second piece of furniture I’ve ever built, and it represented several new challenges. It is my own design. The maple arches are made of laminated strips cold-bent over an MDF form.

The legs are Bubinga, tapered on the table saw. The apron is Birdseye Maple and the top is highly-figured “Bees Wing” Mahogany which I dug out of a pile of regular mahogany at a lumber store.

Mitered mortise and tenon joinery was used to join the apron to the legs, and the top is fastened with hardwood “buttons” to allow for seasonal movement. Its 36” long, 34” tall and 18” wide. The top is sanded to 600 grit and finished with several coats of linseed oil and a very light coat of a wipe-on oil/urethane mix.

I am about half way done with the matching coffee table which will be identical besides the proportions. This project took about 45 hours of building time. I bloged the process HERE if you are interested in progress photos.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 11-26-2008 12:36 PM

Beautifully done Blake, gorgeous wood, great design.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 11-26-2008 01:04 PM

Wow. Very nice!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 11-26-2008 01:10 PM

Absolutely fantastic Blake. Beautiful design and great attention to detail. I love the way the arches merge into the legs, that shows a good eye and good skills.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 11-26-2008 01:29 PM

Bubinga is one of my favourite wood species. Here it makes for a great accent on a beautiful table.Well done

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#5 posted 11-26-2008 01:32 PM

Second piece of furniture? Fantastic! I´m looking forvard to the third.

-- Jiri

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#6 posted 11-26-2008 01:37 PM

Blake, this turned out to be a wonderful piece of furniture. You did a good job with the wood combination and the maple arches give it a unique look. I enjoyed seeing the progression of this.

I am looking forward to seeing the matching coffee table too.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 11-26-2008 02:20 PM

it’s a beautiful table and great design.
excellent work all around.

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#8 posted 11-26-2008 02:43 PM

I’ve been following this from the beginning. This is one of the finest pieces that I have seen on this site. Keep up the great work and looking forward to your next masterpiece.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#9 posted 11-26-2008 02:58 PM

That is lovely.

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#10 posted 11-26-2008 03:02 PM

Awesome job Blake. Your design and execution are superb. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 11-26-2008 03:53 PM

Very nice Blake.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#12 posted 11-26-2008 04:34 PM

Beautiful! I’m definitely jealous.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#13 posted 11-26-2008 04:36 PM

Very nice Blake. I like the design and the finished project looks well executed. Your choice of finish really made the figure pop in the photos. Great Job!

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#14 posted 11-26-2008 04:46 PM

Great Job Blake!!! Your Design & craftsmanship are superb.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 11-26-2008 04:48 PM

Cool, very original. At least I have not seen anything like it. Excellent craftsmanship, looks tight all around, and great choice of woods. Beautiful bends , very gracious.

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

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