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Project by edapp posted 10-04-2018 08:13 PM 1398 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project. Flipping through my Bob Lang books I found this “Lamp Table” by Charles Limbert. Really interesting design, nothing like I have in my house or have built. Showed it to my wife and she loved it. Jumped right in. Newborn son got his first shop time.

I knew I was in for a challenge, never having done a project with this many angles, curves, tapers and the captured puzzle piece shelf. I was very intimidated by the tapered miter joint and took a lot of time to make sure it was done properly. After making three different jigs to get each side just right, it turned out great.

Made a template for the center cutout and curved profile of the legs (hard to see in the finished piece) on some 1/2” plywood and used a router and pattern bit to cut each piece.

I cutout the radius profiles with a router, and cutout the corners of the shelf on the bandsaw.

A few small errors along the way, the proportions are a little off, and the taper on the original was 3 degrees, mine is 2 degrees. All in all, the fit is great, better than expected. The look is funky and interesting, definitely an eye catcher.

Finished with a heavy coat of General Finishes Dye Stain (Medium Brown) and arm r seal gloss.
I attached one picture of it next to the bed. I almost got roped into making a second one when my wife liked it as a bedside table, but thankfully I got out of that!

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 10-04-2018 09:00 PM

Hey, Ed, that is a great looking piece and your craftsmanship is outstanding. That is not an easy piece to make but you nailed it. Well done!

-- Art

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#2 posted 10-04-2018 10:17 PM

Thanks, Art! I always appreciate your comments.

This was definitely a challenging project for me, unlike anything I have worked on before.

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#3 posted 10-04-2018 11:17 PM

Love this piece.

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#4 posted 10-05-2018 12:08 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done! Thanks for all of the Details.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 10-05-2018 01:38 AM

Very nice looking work on the table.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 10-05-2018 11:26 AM

Great looking lamp table.

Limbert’s curved openings almost look like they were punched out of the sides of the stand and folded into the middle to make the shelf. If you are looking to build more Limbert pieces, there are Fine Woodworking plans from Kevin Rodel for a Limbert style coffee table and end tables.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 10-05-2018 11:57 AM

Earl, Thanks for the comment. I have not spent much time looking at Limbert’s other designs (you can tell by the misspelling in my original post which i just corrected!). Thanks to you, I see a matching coffee table coming up as my next project!


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#8 posted 10-05-2018 01:44 PM

I’ve always liked this design. Well done. Thanks for all the info and pics. Hmmm, maybe I can convince my wife we need a couple of them. Again, nice work…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#9 posted 10-05-2018 01:57 PM

Great work!

You picked an “unknown”, dove in head first, and succeeded 8^)

Future Limberts are in the bag now, give yourself a well deserved pat on the back.

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#10 posted 10-05-2018 02:28 PM

I ve always liked this design. Well done. Thanks for all the info and pics. Hmmm, maybe I can convince my wife we need a couple of them. Again, nice work…

- TucsonTim

The only trick is nailing down the tapered miter angle. I found a chart online listing the respective angles, at two degrees of taper this miter was 44.87 or something like that. Close to 45 degrees, but not quite! I believe the original was 3 degrees… Now that I have jigs made up, I could knock a few more of these out pretty quickly.

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#11 posted 10-05-2018 06:52 PM

Yes!!! I love some of Limbert’s old designs, and this was a good one. Nice job on the construction details. It came out great. I am living and breathing Limbert stuff right now. Love it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 10-05-2018 08:36 PM

Love the Limbert table. It is on my list of tables to make. Those are some great joints dude!

-- Bondo Gaposis

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