Brazilian Cherry and Cypress knee tables

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Project by savannah505 posted 02-09-2018 06:41 PM 2122 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all – It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here, just too busy these days. I have been working for the past 4 years on a house for a client. I will try and post pictures of work there soon.
I’ve had a couple of you that have asked if the other table is the same. I am showing both tables in the pictures, one picture of each from the front and one picture of each of the tops. These two tables are made from Brazilian cherry wood, which I love working with as it is very hard and has some beautiful grain to it. The cypress knees must be worked with care as the tan color is a paper thin layer and if you scratch or scrape it, it will reveal a very white surface under it, so I shoot them with clear before I start working with them. The joints to the legs are mortised in very deep. The attachment points to the center plate are joined by a light dado with a brass screw that goes thru to the top. Brazilian cherry is so dense and hard that I was comfortable with doing a machine screw tap into it,for the brass screws. I carved out the center of the Brazilian cherry for the cypress knee and then from the back I filled the joint and secured it with epoxy glue that I colored to match. I bought the 1/2 inch glass and had to have it cut out with a waterjet, I had to polish the edge myself as the machines available to do a 16 inch round edge polishing are not available so they tell me, and that was trying to send it out to be done. So I used a lazy suzan to turn them as I polished the edges with my diamond pads on my wet polisher I use for my stone work. I used the 1/2 inch glass which was much more expensive to work with, material/and water jetting brought the bill for glass alone at almost $300.00, ouch. I just couldn’t see it with 1/4 inch glass, I felt it would be more impressive with a thicker glass on it. The finish is automotive clear, which I use almost exclusively in all my wood work.Thanks for dropping by and a big hello to all my friends.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#1 posted 02-09-2018 07:07 PM

That is an absolutely beautiful table! I totally agree with using the 1/2” glass, it looks great. It is always a pleasure to see what you’ve been up to.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 02-09-2018 10:02 PM

Hi Dan,

I absolutely love this table, are both tables identical? Your design is masterful and so is your craftsmanship. The view looking down through the glass is quite impressive. Great job Buddy.

The next time your over in this side of the woods please stop by and say hi!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 02-09-2018 10:26 PM

Hi Dennis and Patti – Thanks for the compliment, coming from you, that’s a super pat on the back. I’ve revised the description to show that I’ve photographed both tables and the top views of both. So your seeing both tables. When I’m back up your way I’ll certainly drop in to see you again. Thank you for the invite.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 02-10-2018 03:38 AM

Those are fascinating tables. Clever use of the cypress knees.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 02-11-2018 04:27 AM

Beautiful! Great and unusual use of the cypress knees, fun to see them turned upside down.

May I ask a question because I have some ideas for glass topped tables. Is the glass secured in any way at all or is it alright just laying on the frame?


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#6 posted 02-11-2018 07:43 PM

Oldwood – I use a small dot of a vinyl like material for glass, it gives a bit of a grip. The glass being 1/2 inch, helps by being heavy.

-- Dan Wiggins

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