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Looked Better in My Imagination (Updated)

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Project by Russel posted 05-18-2009 11:58 PM 2684 views 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all started with a cutoff piece of walnut. I really liked the character of it, but it wasn’t enough to do much with. But I really wanted to use it. I wanted to keep the natural edge and the unique shape so I thought it would make a rather spiffy table top for a small side table.

Now, the board is only 11 inches wide and 25 inches long so it was going to be a narrow table. A typical four leg base wouldn’t work and a friend suggested a cantilever design. That seemed like a good idea and I formed a picture in my head and drew a picture to show the Mrs what I was thinking.

She had her doubts.

I thought that a single post with two legs angled out under the top would look interesting and by forming a triangle footing would make it more stable. Well, my math and drawing skills lack some precision, as do my cutting skills and when all was said and done the feet ended up about 8 inches wide. Theoretically, I thought that would be good under an 11 inch top.

However, balance has it’s own rules and while the table stood just fine on top of my table saw and on any hardwood floor, it lost a lot of stability on carpet. And as a result is less than successful for it’s intended use.

I will probably keep the top and at some yet to be determined time make a different base for it. It currently stands about 24 inches tall and is 25 inches long and 11 inches wide.

Not everything is a success and this is one of those things. I’m quite open to ideas about how to redo the base, so fire away.

Update 05/27/09

Well I took the legs off and recut the angle to widen the stance and added a small ‘pad’ on the bottom of the main post. It stands a lot better now and is looking a bit more like I imagined it. Thanks for the input.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com





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#1 posted 05-19-2009 12:01 AM

hey Russel
We all have the item we make versus the one we imagine some times it works others don’t ultimately we just have to please ourselves.

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#2 posted 05-19-2009 12:22 AM

I think it looks cool

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 05-19-2009 12:43 AM

Looks like you have to lower the top to a point it is the most stable. Then see if it still looks good and you can find a place for it. I think it would look good way low. Looks like you have to widen the stance the higher the top to proportion.

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

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#4 posted 05-19-2009 12:49 AM

Russ, it is called “one of a kind”!!
I like it! You should look at it as a piece of “modern art”!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss!

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#5 posted 05-19-2009 12:57 AM

Thanks Jack, it does have a pretty high center of gravity, so lowering it should stabilze it. So, what think you about making the spread of the feet wider than the top?

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#6 posted 05-19-2009 12:58 AM

Thank you Eklectic, it certainly is one of something. ;-) The Mrs. said it had a “modern art” look about it.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#7 posted 05-19-2009 01:11 AM

Spread the feet looks like a good solution.

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

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#8 posted 05-19-2009 01:17 AM

The other way to go is to take off the 2 extended legs and make a heavy (8/4” or more to offset the cantilever) round, square or hexagonal shaped base that the vertical leg would go into. I would suggest the base also have a diameter about 1/3 of the length of the top. That should do it.
My other suggestion was going to be to add 4 more legs and some antennae to the top to make a cool looking insect… ;o)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 05-19-2009 01:20 AM

I vote for keeping the table the way it is. Now all you have to do is rip up the carpet and put in a nice hardwood floor. Seriously, I agree that is a nice piece of wood, but as for a suggestion on rebuilding the base, for carpet I would say go with something with a footprint very close to the dimensions of the top as I’m sure you’ve already figured out. If you would like to try and keep what you have, then I suggest removing a little off the bottom of the single leg and making a crosspiece attached to the bottom of it with two feet, close to the same style as the other two feet but maybe from one piece of wood for strength. If you notch out the single leg and the crosspiece a little so they set into each other, it might look okay.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#10 posted 05-19-2009 01:33 AM

Hey Jack1, the Mrs. don’t care for insects, so while I appreciate the effort, I think I’ll pass on the extra legs and such. ;-) A single piece base is a possible idea.

Dale, adding a cross piece to the post seems like the least “instrusive” and might add a little extra visual interest.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#11 posted 05-19-2009 01:41 AM

I made a very quick very rough pic just to see how it might look from the end. It’s worth a try rather than scrapping the whole thing.

table legs

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#12 posted 05-19-2009 01:45 AM

That’s pretty much what I thought you were suggesting, and kinda the way I’m leaning at the moment.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#13 posted 05-19-2009 04:15 AM

I think its really neat looking. I would lower it to balance it out and make the same feet but at more of an outward angle to help it stable out.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#14 posted 05-19-2009 04:21 AM

What if you drilled a hole from the bottom of the legs and weighted them by pouring lead into the hole.

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#15 posted 05-19-2009 04:54 AM

I like the idea of a flat base – and you can slide the base under the sofa and put your chips and beer for the game.

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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