"Fall" & "Winter" Star Tables

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Project by pgcales posted 12-05-2009 03:32 AM 1797 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this pair of small side tables a couple weeks ago. They’re made of a number of 45-degree cut diamond shaped pieces that are all the same size (about 2 inches from point to point on the long side). The regularity of each piece and 45-degree angle naturally creates the 8-sided star shape. The majority of the wood for the top is walnut, with a few pieces of redheart, paduak, honey locust and canarywood thrown in for some contrast and color. One of my favorite things about this project was that the tops were both created entirely by using scraps I had from other projects.

You can read more about the legs and fabrication process, and see more pictures at my regular project website,

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#1 posted 12-05-2009 03:37 AM

Very nice! That is a lot of pieces and a lot of work that went into those tables.

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#2 posted 12-05-2009 06:25 AM

I agree lot of work and you have good eye with colors. I also made many years ago kind of art with pieces of different wood it was fun to be an creative artist…


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#3 posted 12-05-2009 07:50 AM

Wow! again WOW! That is a fantastic pair of tables! AND ALL SCRAP! I haven’t used that much wood yet let alone scrap!

Fantastic design. Outstanding eye for color. Just the rite amount of off set colors to keep the eyes moveing accross the piece.

Lots of precision cuts and LOTS of patiance went into these beautifull tables. Just outstanding!

Keep up the great work.


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#4 posted 12-05-2009 11:17 AM

Very colorful tables .
Most excellent work but I think that turned legs are not the best choice for such table .

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

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#5 posted 12-05-2009 12:06 PM

beautiful, beautiful beautiful!!

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#6 posted 12-05-2009 03:21 PM

If you dont mind me asking, how did you hold it together while the glue dried? Looks like that would have taken some jigs of a sort?

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#7 posted 12-05-2009 05:19 PM

great looking tables
but the angle looks closer to a 30 deg. ? or my eyes are playing tricks on me
did you glue all the little diamonds to make 8 large diamonds and then glue the 8 diamonds together?
i made a much smaller version of this (lazzy suzan) did not like the way it came out (fire wood now)

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#8 posted 12-05-2009 07:08 PM

Nice project! For me, I like the shape of the tapered legs better and I like the colors of the turned legs.

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#9 posted 12-06-2009 01:12 AM

Thanks for everyone’s comments and critiques. To make each little piece I cut strips of material all the same width, then set a jig up on my miter saw to cut each diamond piece exactly the same. The angles of the cut of each diamond piece is indeed 45-degrees – much more obvious in the more detailed picture.

To fabricate the pieces, I started with the star pattern in the center and just worked my way around, gluing one piece, and one row at a time. I’ve done a couple other projects using this process, and actually had less luck using clamping jigs, as the pieces tend to slip around a lot more that way. Instead, I mostly use natures clamps – my fingers and hands.

I think folks are right on target about the legs – the tapered ones work better with the angles. It’s tough to tell from the pictures, but the turned ones are also mounted at a compound angle; it’s top was inspired by the changing fall leaves, and so the legs were meant to sort of represent the wind whirling the leaves around as they fell from the trees.

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