Bill's Bubinga and Tiger Table

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Project by Aidan1211 posted 07-07-2016 06:03 PM 3018 views 12 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to Bill for permission to post his table online (Private kinda guy). I made the table for a customer and fellow tool junkie. I had a lot of requests from those close to me on here to get these pictures posted and needed to wait for the customer to decide wether he was ok with the pictures being posted. The top is a slab of Bubinga that originally was 2” thick by approx 46” wide by 14’ long. The final top ended up at right around 88” long and the other half of the slab is currently in storage (I’ll either end up making something else out of it or sell it whichever comes first) the base is a mix of Tiger Maple (Curly if you will) and bubinga. The table was made with all hand tools and contains ZERO hardware all joinery (sorry i don’t like screws) and is designed to be broken down to be moved (kinda needed the whole thing weighs in at around 600 lbs ish). The sculpting was done with a combination of planes, a cigar shave, surforms, and card scrapers. Thanks for taking a peek, any questions just ask. And for those out there that buy tools from me THIS is why i haven’t been super chatty lately, I’ll be back in old tool mode in about a week and you can start asking for stuff again. Thanks for the patience for the photo upload to for the guys out there that were asking and kept putting off.


-- its better to plan on the task at hand than actually doing it........ You look smarter.

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#1 posted 07-07-2016 06:32 PM

Realy colosal and magnificant! Very unique legs set with awesome design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-07-2016 07:05 PM

how is table top secured to base? did not see any provision in the photos for that.

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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#3 posted 07-07-2016 07:05 PM

gorgeous piece

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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#4 posted 07-07-2016 07:14 PM

I KNEW that you’d get “Old Wiggle Top” finished.
Well done is an understatement.
Bill-Not the owner, the other one.

-- [email protected]

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#5 posted 07-07-2016 07:24 PM

There is no provision other than gravity and “sticky buttons” little non slip rubber pads. With this thing as Bill commented the top moved like it was going out to dinner the whole time we worked it so anything that forced the base to adhere to the tops movement would have caused major problems with how the base seated to the floor and could possibly cause future problems. The base is designed to move but not a lot. “Old Wiggle Top” was by far the most difficult slab I’ve worked and I’ve built quite a few. By that I mean I’ve run outta fingers and toes and I’m working on counting with hair.

-- its better to plan on the task at hand than actually doing it........ You look smarter.

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#7 posted 07-07-2016 08:32 PM

simply wonderful …........ A GREAT JOB

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#8 posted 07-07-2016 09:16 PM

YEAH,YEAH,YEAH, nice table already. Can we talk about my new old tools now? HaHa
All kidding aside.The table looks great man,these photos look better than the ones you
text me. Good job brother.

I feel sorry for the moving man


-- Scott.Triangle,NY Becareful and don't forget...They cut meat too! Ask me how I know

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#9 posted 07-07-2016 09:32 PM

Aidan, my hat is off to you. That is an amazing table with wood that is not easy to work, especially with hand tools. Well done!

-- Art

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#10 posted 07-07-2016 09:54 PM

That is a ridiculously great piece of wood, and your hand tool skills are incredible. How did you flatten that entire slab by hand? I’ve tried on a much smaller walnut slab and gave up after about 8 hours of planing got me maybe halfway done.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 07-07-2016 10:05 PM

Scott you’re cut off …..... too many tools for you!!! Hahaha. Flattening the top was actually not a normal process it actually required ALOT of patience and persistence. Best advice I could give would be make some winding sticks and get a long straight edge plane what’s high and keep checking.

-- its better to plan on the task at hand than actually doing it........ You look smarter.

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#12 posted 07-08-2016 12:10 AM

Absolutely beautiful table! I love the top—just a magnificent live-edge slab!

I also like the base—I think the maple goes well with the bubinga .

But let me understand this: the top is held onto the base by gravity only? Are you concerned about the top falling off onto someone’s toes?

At any rate, just a beautiful table!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 07-08-2016 12:22 AM

A beautiful table indeed. Love the live edge slab.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#14 posted 07-08-2016 12:22 AM

The specific weight of the top plus the rubber pads keeps the top from moving at all. When it was moved two very strong very large men moved the top into place and struggled a lot to get it where it rests. The issue with attaching the top of a size and thickness and temperament of this top is if it moves too much it will shatter the maple regardless of the joinery. The top is waaaaaaaay stronger than the base and the base would probably hold up a full size pickup truck. Wood movement in a piece of wood similar to this top is something that has a crazy amount of force. More than most would assume. After putting the top into place we attempted to move it in any direction other than lifting it and it wouldn’t move at all. I’m very satisfied with the end result and have no worries about its future. It’s not the normal approach I understand but it’s something I’ve done in the past and to date I’ve not had a call back in the 15+ years I’ve been doing custom work. I think the customer will be satisfied long after I’m pushing up daisies.

-- its better to plan on the task at hand than actually doing it........ You look smarter.

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#15 posted 07-08-2016 03:00 AM

Wow! And Wow again!

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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