My Cabinet Table

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Project by Kaleo posted 08-20-2007 01:49 PM 4896 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have thought of a good name for it yet. Anyways, I just blogged about this table on my normal blog. There are about 60 handcut mortise and tenon joints on the top of each base piece. And another 60 handcut finger joints on the bottom of each case piece. The bases are mobile so you can put them into different configurations. Yes there are some that are a tad bit unstable. But they are only unstable if you sit on the table. If left alone it will hold any book or drinks or remotes that you can think of. In the bigger of the 2 bases is a cabinet with a traditionall frame and panel back and door. I haven’t finished all the inside bits yet. There is a drawer and a little shelf and place for your magazines to go. There is one coat of oil on the bases and nothing else yet. I will be posting some nicer photos when the piece is done. Thanks here you go…

-- Kaleo ,

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#1 posted 08-20-2007 02:16 PM

this is really cool—definitely a conversation piece. I can imagine the “double takes” you’d get when someone realized that the table looked different than from the last visit! :)

The design created in the top of the frames makes it look like the table top is attached securely. Nifty-doodle :)

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

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#2 posted 08-20-2007 03:35 PM

very beautiful modern table !

-- .: silent walnut :.

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#3 posted 08-20-2007 05:46 PM

Cool concept. What are the woods and overall dimensions?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 08-20-2007 08:28 PM

pretty neat, Kaleo. I like the concept

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 08-20-2007 11:41 PM

the woods are tasmanian mrytle and tasmanian celery top pine. The Dimensions are about 16 inches wide (480mm) about 36 inches long (1.2 m) and about 12 inches high (340mm). Thanks for the comments everyone. I will be posting some nicer photos by next week, seeing how the project needs to be done by Thursday.

-- Kaleo ,

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#6 posted 08-21-2007 09:22 PM

Brilliant! I love to design and function of this piece! Is it diffidult to reconfigure the set up? Thanks for sharing!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#7 posted 08-22-2007 12:44 AM

Actually it’s alot easier than I thought it would be. Because the top is soild and pretty heavy. BUt it slides along really nicely. So you can slide it and then slide the base into position. Thanks for all the nice comments all.

-- Kaleo ,

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#8 posted 08-22-2007 12:55 AM

Nice job Kaleo. Maybe you can call it the Kaleo adjusting tv table. I don’t think you want to call it a coffee table, since that seems more old fashion. The design is new and different, so it needs a new name.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 08-24-2007 02:38 AM

Beautiful design and craftsmanship as always Kaleo. I really admire your “outside the box” approach to your designs. Originality of design like this is in some respects even more difficult then the building itself. Would you agree? Thanks for sharing and keep ‘em coming.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 08-24-2007 03:18 AM


I would agree most of the time. The design process takes weeks to think of and plan and figure out what it is you really want to do. Then building it is usally the easy part. In this case that wasn’t the case. I had to cut every joint by hand so it was a lengthy process. Plus when trying to build an original design these first builds teach you alot about the design itself. The first one almost always becomes a glorified prototype.

-- Kaleo ,

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#11 posted 02-20-2010 07:15 PM

love this and the other one you have posted. i like how the design is modern, but the end result isn’t left looking too stark and bare. very nice.

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