Coffee table

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Project by Kaleo posted 06-29-2007 08:47 AM 4056 views 24 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent the last 12 days up on Sydeny, Australia working with a former student from the school here. I spennt the week building this prototype. The top was veneered by a fellow student who came up as well Fiona Perry.

The table frame pieces all have a 5 degree taper on them. This was achieved by making jigs to go through the planer. Then the entire project was assembled with the Festool Domino. That is the coolest tool I have every used.

Anyways this table was desgined by Tracy Gumm and you can check out her stuff at

-- Kaleo ,

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#1 posted 06-29-2007 02:39 PM

that is unique.
it appears to be sitting on picture frames … very interesting and appealing.
how many hours spent on this?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 06-29-2007 03:26 PM

This is why I added you as a buddy, very cool indeed.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 06-29-2007 03:33 PM

Msdebbie- I think after it was all said a done I spent about 20 hour on it total. But that would come down to under 10 if I was to make it again.

And this needs to be said that the idea and design was not and are not mine. I was just the labor behind this one. But I am going to take a few ideas from it and make a very interesting coffee table/cabinet for my next project.

-- Kaleo ,

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#4 posted 06-29-2007 04:19 PM

Concept and design aside, wonderful execution Kaleo. It is a wonderful table.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 06-29-2007 07:06 PM

Another beautiful piece!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 06-29-2007 07:17 PM

I love those legs!!! Very cool…it turns a “simple” coffee table into an art piece! very nice…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 06-29-2007 08:52 PM

Really cool design!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-29-2007 09:25 PM

Great design, it looks to be tippy on the corners though. Is it? I’m sure it isn’t, that would have been taken into consideration I’m sure. Wow, it is very cool indeed. jockmike

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

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#9 posted 06-30-2007 12:48 AM

Definitely a interesting design and look.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 06-30-2007 12:51 AM

Kaleo, even though not your design, the execution is suburb.

I can see what Mike means about it looking ‘tippy’. It also looks higher than the height of a coffee table. What’s the distance of the top from the floor?

Also, I curious about the veneering. What’s the wood. What’s the substrate, and is it edge banded? Whilst I asking all of the questions, Mate, what is the light coloured wood?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 06-30-2007 01:30 AM

Being a prototype, it’s not “tippy” at all, but those leaves are vunerable. The next one will have a solid top instead.

The lighter wood or the frame is Australian Blackbutte, and the veneer is American Walnut. The substrate is High quality Birch Plywood. We edges or lipped all the subsrates with about a 4 millimeter thick banding.

Don- I think the table sits about 460mm from the floor to the top.

Thanks for all the kind words all.

-- Kaleo ,

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#12 posted 06-30-2007 05:50 AM

looks fanastic – design, execution, everything. I love how the stucture shows in the top. You’d ruin that effect with a solid top, but could get the same effect with an inlay I suppose. at certain vantages the table looks like it’s playing tricks on you with perspective. Fantastic.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 06-30-2007 05:52 AM

Never would have guessed walnut. looked more like rosewood or cedar, or even mesquite. I can see that it really wouldnt be “Tippy” but the vulnerability of the segments is apparent. If someone leans to heavily on a corner….................i would suggest that you still could add a half inch fillit, underneath, diagonally to give more support to each segment. It wouldnt be seen and could go a long way to preventing disaster. another approach might be to dowel thru each piece and cover the end with your edging material, when you begin to work on your adaptation of this project.

-- Dan

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#14 posted 06-30-2007 06:12 AM

Beautiful execution and a great design from your friend. It looks like an Escher illustration. Great grain.

Ditto what Damian said….I always look forward to your posts.

-- Bob

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#15 posted 06-30-2007 06:26 AM


Yeah that was one of the things that I thought was really cool about this table, was that it looks like it is in perspective view when you are just looking at it.

I really don’t know the plans for this table in the future, but I think it could be a really nice piece.

Thanks Bob, I really have enjoyed reading and seeing the development of your Morris chair.

-- Kaleo ,

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