Walnut Dining table base

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Project by RJL73 posted 04-24-2017 04:20 PM 2039 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The first one of these i made was extremely difficult. There were other variations of this general concept but none of them had any description on the weight limits of the table tops and were pretty basic in design.

The first one was made from Cherry, and was made out of 5/4. it was for a 5 foot by 28” wide dining table in an Apt. Then someone wanted one much larger, to support 200 pounds. Before i had the Domino joiner, and the Hipurformer setup, i used Spax screws, and filled the holes with dowels. It was at that point that i had to get a Domino jointer. Blind mortises have no evidence of fastening.

The next customer wanted one for a glass table top, 8 foot by 32”. How do i know how much weight this design i came up with will hold? It was really all about how to make this thing ridiculously strong.

There was no reference anywhere with measurements, angles, tapers, all of it had to be sculpted one step at a time. After cutting up 20 Bd feet of 8/4 Walnut, those angular cuts had to be perfect, and had to be joined perfectly with no seams. I won’t go into detail of how incredibly difficult it was and still is to glue the compound angles together after putting 50 MM dominoes in every joint, some have 2 in each.

The end result is this thing, free from sculpted all by hand, there are no templates due to the variations of shapes, sizes of people’s table tops. THeyre all totally different sizes and proportions. So each one has to be exponentially larger or smaller, and the angels change with every one.
It will support 300 pounds now, and its due to the specific default angles i use. Any other base angles randomly chosen do not work as i found.
Its the best technical item I’ve made so far..

-- VtMod

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-24-2017 10:32 PM

Very nice work. sounds like business is booming. A good way to be!!

One thing you could do is make a rough one and test it failure to get an ides of what it will really take!. Before computers, that is the way things were proven and it was not too long ago!!

It must be nice to have that Domino for the hidden mortise and tenon joints.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-25-2017 01:08 AM

Thanks Jim, the first prototype was the test, after that it was a lot easier. Its kind of sad to say that the same strength in joinery is achieved with the HiPur system. And to think- a really expensive Festool tool basically replaced by $130 Steinel glue gun and a cartridge..

-- VtMod

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 04:59 AM

Just awesome. I enjoy looking at that design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 03-27-2018 02:08 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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