Hexagonal Cocktail Table

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Project by Ron Stewart posted 12-15-2016 12:57 AM 3830 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table as an apartment warming gift for my son and future daughter-in-law. They both really liked a table they saw in a furniture store (Bratton Hexagon Bunching Cocktail Table), but it was way out of budget. I thought building a replica would be both a good opportunity to practice my developing SketchUp skills and a challenging woodworking project.

The SketchUp model is available on the 3D Warehouse.

The original table has a metal frame and oak-veneer top and shelf. I have no metalworking skills, so I decided to use hardwood for the frame and trim and paint it with Rust-Oleum metallic oiled bronze spray paint. I had some reconstituted zebrawood veneer left over from a previous project, and I thought it would echo the prominent oak grain of the original, but in a more contemporary way. The top and shelf are MDF veneered with the zebrawood and finished with Watco danish oil.

The overall dimensions are approximately 24” wide (side to side), 28” long (tip to tip), and 18” high.

For more details, see this series of blog posts.

-- Ron Stewart

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#1 posted 12-15-2016 01:26 AM

Ron, that is AWESOME. You really have mastered your “Sketch-up” skills, and transferred them into a great project.
I love the pattern of the Zebrawood.
I’m sure your Son and future DIL will love it.
Thanks for sharing this with us.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 12-15-2016 03:18 AM

Excellent work!!! Looks fantastic. The table top grain really makes this piece stand out.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 12-15-2016 03:18 AM

That’s a great table and an amazing job with the veneer. Bet they really enjoy that table.

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#4 posted 12-15-2016 05:36 AM

That is indeed outstanding work!
You can get lost in all those stars.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#5 posted 12-15-2016 09:09 AM

Wow great work, some serious veneer skills going on here. I’m sure they love it.

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

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#6 posted 12-15-2016 12:09 PM

Outstanding table and shape. Absolutely amaizing veneer work and you realy tricked me with false metal legs.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 12-15-2016 03:07 PM

beautiful piece

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Ron Stewart

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#8 posted 12-15-2016 03:37 PM

Thanks for the comments. The funny thing is that the veneering was the easy part. Each of the 24 triangles on the top is a piece of 1/2” MDF, separately veneered. Flush trimming with my router table was quick and easy. A harder part was cutting all the pieces and fitting them together. The hardest part was getting those skinny legs to support the table. I had to swallow my woodworker’s pride and resort to 1 1/2” angle brackets.

-- Ron Stewart

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#9 posted 12-15-2016 06:24 PM

Table looks amazing, love the pattern. What is “reconstituted” veneer?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#10 posted 12-15-2016 07:43 PM

This truly is a masterpiece worth far more than the inspiration piece. Having seen this in person, I can say the level of detail and precision is amazing! Good work Ron!

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#11 posted 12-15-2016 08:02 PM

Allen, reconstituted veneer is fake veneer made from real wood. Cheaper wood is dyed and laminated into blocks (with the various layers simulating grain), then sliced edge-wise. It’s less expensive than the real thing. (See Look'Likes by Decospan for a better overview.) If I remember correctly, I paid about $70 for a full 4×8’ sheet of the reconstituted zebrawood, while a sheet of the real thing was over $150.

-- Ron Stewart

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#12 posted 12-15-2016 08:37 PM

Ron, this is a beautiful table. You did a fine job on this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 12-16-2016 04:11 PM

Truly an Heirloom. One they will appreciate. What will be your answer when someone asks ” Will you make one for me ? “

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#14 posted 12-16-2016 07:39 PM

Great job, Ron. Now I have to get my eyes checked – that design sort of pulled them closer together.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#15 posted 12-16-2016 09:35 PM

oldguy2, it depends on who’s asking. If it’s my wife or daughter, it’s, “okay, but give me some time.” If it’s anyone else, it’ll be, “What’s in your wallet?” :-)

-- Ron Stewart

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