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Project by kryptix posted 09-14-2019 02:21 PM 990 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a Nakashima inspired coffee/end table for my office.

Had an off cut from a 12-4 slab of walnut that was pretty punky and warped, stabilized with resin and flattened with router sled, and lost like half the thickness but the final proportions look good to me.

Base is from a 14 inch wide 6/4 board of elm with a bit of Burl. Had to cut to 13 to go through the planer. Half lap joint.

Edit: Someone asked for a picture of how the top was attached.





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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#1 posted 09-14-2019 03:22 PM

I was on a G.N. kick for awhile, till my wife demanded I stop cluttering our home up with slab tables.

Your table is unusual in that the grain is running width-wise, which makes it quite an exceptional piece.

Perhaps you can add a photo of the undercarriage support? I know how George did it, but maybe others dont???

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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Andre

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#2 posted 09-14-2019 03:37 PM

What a neat looking piece, dosn’t look all that stable?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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kryptix

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#3 posted 09-14-2019 04:58 PM



I was on a G.N. kick for awhile, till my wife demanded I stop cluttering our home up with slab tables. Your table is unusual in that the grain is running width-wise, which makes it quite an exceptional piece.

Perhaps you can add a photo of the undercarriage support? I know how George did it, but maybe others dont???

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

So for this one I didn’t need any under carriage support, it’s 16 at the narrow end and 22 at the wide end with the vertical post located where it’s around 18 wide. Top is secured with lag bolts through elongated holes, just two holes with a forstner but then smaller diameter holes inside linked with a file.

Stability wise it’s plenty strong but you can tilt it from the sides because the base is not as wide as the top. You have to lean on it on the outer 1 inch or so of the top to do that though. That’s not a huge deal for something not intended to hold more than a couple of drinks and a note pad.

Glad you like it! Didn’t want to cut down that slab for cutting boards but didn’t have a project to use a piece in the “wrong” direction. Figured I’d give it a shot and see how it turned out.

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 09-14-2019 07:12 PM

I’m usually more cool than hot about resin fills, but that is pretty awesome in this use. I think it is partially because of the visual line you created placing the “fix” right over the upright base. Makes it look erupted. That cleft in the center also grabs you eye. I’m sure you were following the edge, and ran into another troubled spot, and just ground it down, but it looks back at you just right.

A visually interesting piece, Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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AJ1104

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#5 posted 09-14-2019 08:14 PM

Very nice design and build. I also like the epoxy fill.

-- AJ

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swirt

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#6 posted 09-15-2019 01:30 AM

I like the Nakashima look, but I also like how you oriented the grain and the split. Artistically perfect. Well done.

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

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pottz

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#7 posted 09-16-2019 01:40 PM

ive always loved nakashimas style it lets the wood shine and be the star.i think george would have given the thumbs up on this.nice work.

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

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