Rachel's Table-Floating Top Sofa Table

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Project by lobro4 posted 08-27-2010 05:33 AM 4524 views 17 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I christen this table RACHEL’S TABLE for my niece. She moved into a new condo and had a spot that was aching for a small sofa table. I was flattered that she trusted me. She said I was the first person she thought of (poor kid.) “Send me the measurements,” I said. She did with the message “I trust your instinct.” Boy… now the pressure was on. I drew my inspiration by searching the projects on LJ and on Fine Woodworking. The final plans were all my own. The parameters I built under were 1-It needed to be a specific size. 2—Cost containment 3—Building it so it could survive a shipment from Kansas to Massachusetts. The last picture shows it at its new home.
The top is a single slab of curly cherry that started as 8/4 and was planed to 1 1/2 inches. The bevel on the underside was cut using a panel cutter on my router table. Sanded to 220 with my random orbital sander. Wood sealed with two coats of 1lb cut clear, de-waxed shellac. Top coat with three coats of spray water based poly. Secured to the floating supports by screws.
The legs and aprons are from poplar. The legs are 1 1/2 inches square before putting the shapes to the outside faces. The shaping was rough cut with a band saw and finished using a pattern bit. The aprons received the same treatment and are 3/4 by 1 1/2 inches. The tenons are 1/4×1 x 5/8. The poplar is sanded to 120, primed and painted with latex acrylic and then top coated with the same water base spray poly. Sanding after every coat of every layer.
The final size is 45 3/4 long x 8 wide by 30 1/2 tall. The gap between the top of the legs and the bottom of the tabletop is 1 1/2 inches. Legs are set in approximately 7/8 inch from the ends and sides.
I was especially pleased with how the shaping of the legs flowed into the arched aprons and the under bevel of the top. The litmus test, however, was a niece who was pleased with the result. Love ya’, Rachie. May you enjoy it for many years!
Thanks for looking.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 06:39 AM

Very nice piece man…....

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#2 posted 08-27-2010 01:07 PM

I like the ‘floating’ top… and the table looks to fit the spot perfectly.

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#3 posted 08-27-2010 01:48 PM

Nice table- interesting that floating top. :)

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#4 posted 08-27-2010 03:11 PM

Very nice indeed I love the design I only wish there was a pic of the top I can only imagine how beautiful that curly cheery is.

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 03:47 PM

real nice. looks elegant

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#6 posted 08-27-2010 04:57 PM

Looks great

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#7 posted 08-27-2010 07:43 PM

It’s kind of funny that you took the main picture with the playground in the background as the top reminds me a bit of a teeter-totter, especially in that picture.

With that being said, I do like your choice of the floating top. This is a bit different than most of them, setting in apart.

I’d also like to see a really nice photo of the top!

Thanks as well for taking a few extra minutes to post all the little details.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 08-27-2010 08:29 PM

The (5th) picture is the only picture I have of the top… sad to say. Guess I will know better next time. As the table is not in my possesion I won’t be able to get you guys another picture. Thanks for the kind words, though.
The pictures are in my back yard and yes we have a huge playset. My six kids have put it through plenty of use. One of my partners used to call it Disney Central. Kudos to Jonathan for his keen eye.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#9 posted 08-29-2010 10:38 PM

What a cool project! I really like the execution of it. How long did it take you to make?

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#10 posted 08-30-2010 12:45 AM

Took spare time of days off over 3 weeks.

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#11 posted 10-20-2010 04:26 AM

cool looking table!! I’d like to see this in a wider version!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#12 posted 10-20-2010 04:40 AM

Coolsville ,neat table


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#13 posted 10-20-2010 04:58 AM

Great Lookin Table

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#14 posted 02-19-2011 03:29 AM

The lines and the curves and the floating top… I could go on and on. I love it. Great job!

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#15 posted 11-19-2011 08:49 AM

Rachel inspired you and you responded … WOW!

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