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Project by SubtleEpsilon posted 10-04-2018 01:21 AM 1547 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some leftover sapele from my coffee table build and was looking for a design to compliment it and to give me some new skills to try out. In looking on the intertubes for inspiration I across this build from JTWoodworks and decided it worked really well with my aesthetic. I did modify it slightly because I wanted to make reverse tapered legs to give it more of a Japanese torii look. This made the lap joints a bit more challenging but not much. I paired the whole thing with a couple of figured bookmatched walnut boards that I had picked up just for this project. Since I divided the boards the tops are bookmatched in two ways.
The kumiko inserts were time consuming and took a few days of work but fortunately I was working with basswood that I picked up from Rockler which is soft enough to make chamfering the ends of the fiddly bits a lot easier. Still, if I were going to do a lot more kumiko I think I’d have different/better jigs. Finished with GF Seal-a-Cell and Arm-r-Seal (3 coats gloss, 1 coat semi-gloss).

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid





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icemanhank

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#1 posted 10-04-2018 02:36 AM

Lovely work mate

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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Ivan

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#2 posted 10-04-2018 04:36 AM

Nice joinery…I’m always inspired by Japaneese woodworking style and skill.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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KimAccurso

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#3 posted 10-04-2018 10:44 AM

Beautiful tables and the walnut on top is out of this world!! I think the design really highlights your joinery – not to mention the kumiko. That looks painfully challenging to me!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 10-04-2018 11:59 AM

the table tops would great balanced on a shipping pallet but as it is, they turned out magnificent – great joinery

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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splintergroup

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#5 posted 10-04-2018 01:30 PM

The overall effect is great, nice wood, nice joinery, truly a fine set of showpieces!

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#6 posted 10-04-2018 01:31 PM

Wow. Those are some lovely tables.

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shinju

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#7 posted 10-04-2018 01:40 PM

Very nice work..

-- enjoy, be well and enjoy life with all around you

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pottz

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#8 posted 10-04-2018 01:47 PM

great design,gorgeous wood,great craftsmanship=beautiful tables,congrats.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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SubtleEpsilon

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#9 posted 10-04-2018 01:49 PM

Well, I wish I could take credit for the design!

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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pottz

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#10 posted 10-04-2018 02:29 PM



Well, I wish I could take credit for the design!

- SubtleEpsilon


your right about the legs being tapered looks better than his straight ones.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 10-04-2018 03:48 PM

WOW these are beautiful

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

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 10-04-2018 04:40 PM

That is a really nice pair of end tables.
You picked the right combination of wood and style as they definitely work well together.

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

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SubtleEpsilon

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#13 posted 10-04-2018 05:07 PM



That is a really nice pair of end tables.
You picked the right combination of wood and style as they definitely work well together.

- oldnovice

Yeah, I’ve found I like it as an accent wood for walnut more than cherry.

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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Richard

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#14 posted 10-05-2018 12:30 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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