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Project by Bernard58 posted 06-08-2019 09:23 AM 704 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the design of this coffee table I need to give full credit to my almost namesake B.R. Delaney of Fieldstone Artistry, as it’s a copy of his Fulcrum Table (of note: he has also several other beautiful designs).
My son was looking for a nice modern design coffee table and liked this one very much. So I decided to try making a copy. I made a few modifications: length of the tabletop is 10 cm shorter to better fit in the available space. Also, Delaney built the tabletop as one solid piece of ash, and subsequently removed wood from the underside to make it lighter, by drilling large holes and then flattening the recesses using a router. I found this a lot of work and a waste of wood, moreover I don’t have a suitable drill press to drill holes up to the middle of a large piece like this. Therefore I made the top as a middle section board with a thickness of 2 cm, to the edges of which I then glued the tapered sides: same result visually, equally strong, less waste, and less work.

For the top, I selected pieces of ash that where somewhat figured. The frame is also ash, ebonized using a spirit-based black stain. Finish is two coats of Danish oil and a coat of wax. Like Delaney, I used brass pegs to strenghten the mortise and tenon joints and for visual effect (except for those in the horizontal crossbeam at the bottom).

Dimensions: H 46cm, D 56 cm, W 150 cm.

More pictures, also some of the building process on delaeywood.be

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium - http://www.delaeywood.be





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#1 posted 06-08-2019 10:13 AM

Outstanding unique design!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-08-2019 11:49 AM

I like that!

-- Petey

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#3 posted 06-08-2019 01:19 PM

The design is great! the execution is superb!. Definitely will be center point in the living room.

How is top attached to the base? I checked the website and could not find the answer. Is it just wedged?

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#4 posted 06-08-2019 01:27 PM

I saw that design (or something similar) in a magazine a few months back (FWW?) The execution looks excellent!

I always wonder how well the cantilever holds up to someone taking a seat on the end 8^)

Great job Bernard!

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#5 posted 06-08-2019 01:32 PM

That’s indeed a great design. Really like that!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#6 posted 06-08-2019 01:33 PM


How is top attached to the base? I checked the website and could not find the answer. Is it just wedged?

- torus

The top precisely fits between the upper and lower horizontal crossbar (maybe half a mm leeway). It is secured from the underside with one screw on either side, from the bottom “crossbar” into the tabletop.

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium - http://www.delaeywood.be

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Bernard58

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#7 posted 06-08-2019 01:40 PM

I always wonder how well the cantilever holds up to someone taking a seat on the end 8^)

Great job Bernard!

- splintergroup

Yes this piece was shown in Fine Woodworking (N° 275 p 76, and also on the online gallery), that is where I first saw it and it immediately caught my attention).

The design is quite sturdy (the ash frame is 4×10 cm cross-sectional area, and the tabletop is 6 cm thick at its thickest). The tenons ar 10×10 cm ((appr 4×4inches) x 1,5 cm thick and the fit was pretty good so that should give a good glue joint, and additional strength is obtained through the brass pegs. When pushing down on the end of the tabletop, there is a little movement but not a lot.
I’m not that confident that I’m gonna try it, but I’m pretty sure that it would hold when a not too heavy person sits (not jumps) on it..

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium - http://www.delaeywood.be

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#8 posted 06-09-2019 02:35 AM

That looks very nice. I like the look of the tapers on the top and the leg(s?).
Nice job giving credit to the original too.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#9 posted 06-10-2019 02:13 PM

nice work i really love the design and wood choices.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#10 posted 06-13-2019 11:01 AM

wow,
nice work

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#11 posted 06-13-2019 05:51 PM

Love it, well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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