Small Dining Table

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Project by BriScoDaDesign posted 01-18-2010 03:12 AM 1752 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of my first funiture projects completed back in 2002. I went through a number of concept designs and had to make some design changes during the assembly process. I used Maple and Aluminum to get a industrial but soft look to the table. The legs are two pieces of maple planed to about 5/8” thick. Each leg is connected to an aluminum foot and tabel top frame with a sex-bolt to get a consistant look to each side of the assembly. I made the aluminum parts from 1/4” x 3” bars and used aluminum welding sticks to make the right anlge pieces. The glass top is 3/8” smoked glass.

The legs were rough cut on a band saw and then using a 1/4” mdf pattern the final shape was made with a straight cut pattern bit to follow the pattern. The pattern was clamped to each piece of maple. I think we had to reclamp the pattern as the legs tapered toward the foot. All 8 leg pieces were clamped together and finished sanded the eges with a belt sander.

From the photos you might notice an additional hole in the aluminum frame for the top. This was the result of a flaw in the original design where the intention was to locate the legs closer to the ends of the alumimun cross piece. With the legs further out from the center and the minimal connection at the center of teh cross piece, the leg assembly twisted. My dad figured out that the closer we moved the legs to the center of the assembly the twisting effect was minimized. The lack of a rigid connection between the leg assemblies and the crossmember frame and the with only a gravity holding the glass top there wasn’t enough stability to the entire assembly to eliminate the twisting. We tried a number of other solutions like adding tension cables, but decided that cables detracted too much from the original design. I was thinking a double bolt connedtion from the leg to the crossframe might reduce the twisting, but did not follow through with that option. Maybe another LJ has a possible solution

Twisting aside, the table has seved me pretty well over the last 8 years. This was the first of many collaborative projects with one of my designs built with my father. He is also a new member here at LJ. I am teaching him to use the computer, but he has only been using the computer for about 3weeks. I’ll eventually help him got some of his projects added to his page.

-- --BriScoDaDesign

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 05:29 AM

Very cool design, love the look! Nice job on the aluminum rod welding, tried them a couple of times, can be tricky. As far as the twisting, without taking away from the look, maybe thicker aluminum for the top cross member for the top.

Or sandwich the aluminum with maple on both sides of the cross members, maybe with narrower maple than the aluminum, or sandwich maple with aluminum on both sides and make the cross member.

Nice job, good luck. Looks like its held up pretty well over the years though.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 05:32 AM

I like that design good work.

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 03:11 PM

Great job ,well done ,looking forward to other projects here.

-- In His service ,Richard

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 04:59 AM

Nice looking table.

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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