"Red Shoes" dining room table

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Project by Halfbubblepastplumb posted 10-09-2009 12:58 AM 2231 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About five years ago I had some trees taken down to make a back yard for my children to play in. Among the trees, there were good logs of ash and maple. I knew as soon as I saw the ambrosia maple that, some day, I’d make a dr table of it. Finally dove into the project a couple weeks ago. The trestle arches are three ~5/16” thicknesses of ash, laminated over a mold. Everything ebony is ash. I got some transfast dye and fooled around with it before taking a lumberjock’s advice not to stain it with anything. I did use Bush Oil to pop the grain, and finished it with wax. Buttons underneath secure the table. dimensions are 3’-4” by 8’-2”. My heart-felt thanks to many unsung Lumberjocks for forum advice on stains, oils, and wax. While making the trestle, I flashed on making the feet red. First reaction I had was “Oh, I can’t do that.” Then I said to myself: “It’s MY table, I can make it however I want!” So the feet are red. Along with the ebony trestle, the effect is like a woman going out for dinner, wearing the “little black dress” and red pumps. My wife wasn’t so sure, but I love it.


-- Dave E. "People who are competent are worth the oil it will take to fry them in hell." --Mencken

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#1 posted 10-09-2009 01:45 AM

very nice table. I like the overall design, and I’m sure the I could get used to the red feet. It looks good

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#2 posted 10-09-2009 02:16 AM

i think I love it, and i’m not the most complementary person in the world but you took a humongous risk and i think it paid off. Like the wood whisperer says (and I paraphrase) if 50 percent of the people who look at it hate it and 50 percent love it you definatly did your job as a designer. I could never do what you did. I stick to the readily acceptable styles while you branched out. Super kudos.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#3 posted 10-09-2009 02:26 AM

I think you nailed it…

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#4 posted 10-09-2009 02:56 AM

that is one sharp table,man am I glad you didnt stain all those shoes ,i think there are a few of those in my wifes closet.great post

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#5 posted 10-09-2009 01:46 PM

Good looking table. Even the red feet.

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

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#6 posted 10-09-2009 04:32 PM

I think it’s cool. The top is amazing. I think you should always do what you like. As you said, it’s YOUR table. My Dad’s favorite saying is “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone”.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#7 posted 10-09-2009 06:04 PM

unique and delightful design


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#8 posted 11-23-2009 08:28 AM

nice table….

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#9 posted 05-20-2014 02:50 AM

Great table. When you look at the last photo where the light is more even all the colours of the table really set each other off well. That wood for the top is stunning.

-- nralien, Wausau, WI

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#10 posted 05-20-2014 02:56 AM

Billion dollar pieces in that top. Excellent! That may be the prettiest lumber I’ve ever seen.

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#11 posted 07-18-2017 06:10 PM

I think the red accent is a bold choice and reminiscent of Rietvald.

I just cut up a maple that fell in the yard, looking at the chunks was just killing me knowing it was headed into firewood.

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#12 posted 07-18-2017 06:20 PM

That Top is GORGEOUS!
How cool is that? Nice Job.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#13 posted 07-19-2017 03:25 AM

Outstanding table, really love that top!
The red shoes makes it distinctive.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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