Oak Display Table

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Project by Russel posted 11-29-2009 05:41 PM 3102 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oak is often associated with Arts and Crafts style furniture; its bold and confident and suits the style well. I like oak, and where I’m at, it’s pretty easy to come by. However, given my choice I would prefer something other than Arts and Crafts.

I tend to like things a little more open and light-weight. This table is an attempt to allow the oak to show off it’s beautiful grain while making it a little less imposing. Other than the Walnut wrapped around the top, the table is solid oak. While it may not look particularly heavy … Oak ain’t light.

Things did not turn out exactly as I had envisioned them, but I think had they gone that way I might not like what I got. Initially, I was thinking of something narrower, shallower and taller. But as I was cutting, certain dimensions made themselves requirements.

In order to have shelves that were not overly narrow, and still maintain the 10 degree slant of the legs, the base needed to be wider. Following from that, the interior “cage” could not be too much taller than it is without putting the whole piece out of proportion.

I had originally thought to make the top extend a bit more beyond the legs, but again, the proportions did not feel quite right. So what you see is what I ended up with.

The table stands about 27 inches tall and is 20 inches deep and has a foot print 34 inches wide. Again, it’s solid oak with the top wrapped in walnut. The finish is shellac as a seal coat and then about 4 coats of wipe-on poly.

The real trick now is where to put it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 11-29-2009 05:54 PM

LOVE IT! Great design and build, hats off to you!

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

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#2 posted 11-29-2009 05:56 PM

Very unique Russel. I like it.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#3 posted 11-29-2009 06:00 PM

hey russel ,
what a giant leap !

for you as well as for mankind .

this looks great !

congratulations .

have a great holidays .

-- 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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naomi weiss

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#4 posted 11-29-2009 06:02 PM

WOW! Well done, Russel! What a sweet design—how the the table floats independently of the legs! What do you intend to display in it?

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#5 posted 11-29-2009 06:07 PM

Great job , Russel….that is some really nice straight grained Oak and I also can see some nice figure in the Walnut. I like the way that the storage and top shelf appear to be floating within the boundaries of the legs : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 11-29-2009 06:11 PM

I guess I’m going to have to learn how to type faster…I see that Naomi had the same “floating” thoughts as I did : ) LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 11-29-2009 06:29 PM

This one I really LOVE! Very artistic!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss!

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Douglas Krueger

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#8 posted 11-29-2009 06:31 PM


The sign of a true craftsman, the ability to design on the fly and trust your instincts. You pulled off the ‘floating’ effect very well and the proportions are spot on.

Keep living outside the box, it works well for you.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#9 posted 11-29-2009 06:52 PM

Cool…......unique design…....great table.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#10 posted 11-29-2009 06:59 PM

Great design, I like it something no one has for sure!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 11-29-2009 07:05 PM

It is always good to see a unique piece. Very nice keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#12 posted 11-29-2009 07:44 PM

Very nice design and execution. I especially like the top shelf walnut border, it’ll draw the eye to whatever piece you display on it.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#13 posted 11-29-2009 08:19 PM

I really like it Russel. To me it has an Asian look to it, and it looks solid. Very nice.

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

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#14 posted 11-29-2009 08:36 PM

Wow Russel that is a beautiful piece

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#15 posted 11-29-2009 09:21 PM

Most unique and amazing design well done Russel


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