Half laps joints ;ensambles a media madera para una mesa.

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Project by xylosapiens posted 07-04-2009 11:55 PM 8972 views 25 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An exercise in geometry and handmade joints. No hardware, no glued joints. Made with the appropriate tension, the three-dimensional crossings put together in a certain order procured enough stability for this table. Just ten minutes and wooden mallet to put it together or to take it appart. The design elements: cromatic contrast and orthogonal crossing joints. I feel somehow both elements, cromatic contrast and this orthogonal crossing joints, are just one and the same thing. The rounded edges added some non-geometric sweetness. Sorry for the poetic licenses in my expressions.
Este es un ejercicio de geometría y de ejecución artesanal de ensambles a media madera. No hay ninguna tornillería, ni cola en las juntas. Realizadas con la tensión adecuada, estas uniones ensambladas en el orden adecuado, proporcionan estabilidad suficiente a la mesa. En diez minutos y solo con la ayuda de una maza, se arma y desarma esta mesa. Los elementos empleados para el diseño son basicamente los ensambles tridimensionales a media madera y el contraste cromático. En algún sentido, tengo la impresión de que se trata de lo “mismo”. Los bordes redondeados del sobre añaden cierta suavidad no-geométrica al conjunto.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#1 posted 07-05-2009 12:19 AM

I can’t help you with the name but that is awesome work.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#2 posted 07-05-2009 12:30 AM

looks like sliding dado’s for the drawer slides and half laps on the cross members under tension?

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#3 posted 07-05-2009 12:36 AM

Thank you Mike, thank you himcules. Yes, it sounds appropriate.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#4 posted 07-05-2009 12:48 AM

keep it goin’ Nice puzzle piece! WoW woodworkin’ in the canary islands sound GOOD! And the book casezen is
Cool n clean. Have you done much inlay work? Looks like it might get along w you.

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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#5 posted 07-05-2009 01:10 AM

hola zen :
sus trabajos son muy directos y bien pensados .
y me gusta mucho que dices que un profesional debede
de hacer su propio , no copiar de otro .
mi amigo degoose aqui y yo estamos
empujando que mas piensan en esta forma .
y tratan de dejar ese camino de regular ,
y que buscan caminos nuevos en sus trabajos .
espero bien contigo ,
y nuevos proyectos !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 07-05-2009 01:27 AM

Hi Alejandro, I enjoyed seeing this piece today. Thanks for showing this awsome design and craftsmanship. Ron

-- Ron, Michigan

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#7 posted 07-05-2009 01:32 AM

this is pretty! very nice harmony. i like furnitures that do not use glue or nails but I am too lazy to make them :-)
They require more precision, time and expertise than i have.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#8 posted 07-05-2009 01:40 AM

Great job


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#9 posted 07-05-2009 02:07 AM

That’s a fine piece of craftsmanship.
I like that you’re building without all the unnecessary mass of solid wood where a web will work.
Very appealing and nicely engineered.


-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 07-05-2009 03:14 AM

Hi Alejandro
Another great project and good use of a sliding dovetail

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#11 posted 07-05-2009 06:31 AM

Heck, be as poetic as you want! That’s the kind of work that makes one wax poetic when seen! Impressive!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#12 posted 07-05-2009 12:41 PM

me encanta el concepto de no usar ni tornillos ni cola, solamente encajar la madera. Tiene que estar muy bien seca, por que sino con el tiempo perdera su precision.Buen trabajo, la imaginacion al poder, que aqui hay mucha gente que solo hace copias de otros, un profesional ha de buscar nuevos metodos y seguir aprendiendo y mejorando. me gusta tu trabajo, por que diseñas, no copias.

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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#13 posted 07-05-2009 03:29 PM

Very nice.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#14 posted 07-05-2009 05:03 PM

Fantastic! I love it.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#15 posted 07-06-2009 05:59 AM

Great workmanship. The three wood tones make each component stand out. Very creative joinery

-- Specializing in unique rustic projects

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