Maple and Purpleheart Hall Table

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Project by Brian024 posted 01-05-2011 07:05 PM 4201 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest finished project, a hall table. I built it all on the fly without drawing it on sketchup like I usually do. The legs were originally going to be solid maple but I thought it would add a bit if I changed them to match the top. It stands 30” tall, 12” wide, and 48” long. I also tried a new finishing technique where I applied 2 coats of Minwax gloss poly and them 3 coats of their wiping gloss poly, I’ve been having trouble with not getting a smooth and glossy finish.

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 07:26 PM

This is very nicely done. I really like stuff with clean, simple lines like this.

Personal opinion (please take no offense) – I would have left the legs solid maple. Every piece needs a focal point. Here it should be the top. In this case, the legs and the top are fighting for your attention. I get this way of thinking from my many years of artistic photography.

I’m sure others will have a different opinion.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 07:37 PM

Great looking table, love the colors on the top. Well done.

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

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 08:16 PM

Yup, simple elegant lines, two colors that go well together. The laminated legs add a very nice touch.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 01-06-2011 03:51 AM

Finally a cutting board with legs! I’ve been toying with the idea of combining a cutting board design on the “Little Tables” frame. Can’t wait to make one, should be sometime in the next two months. This opens up a wide variety of design possibilities. Think about it! This one is very nice looking. Well done!

-- Bob A in NJ

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Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

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#5 posted 01-06-2011 03:56 AM

I would have to agree with Rich. Maybe if the purpleheart in the leg was not so wide/bold. Two thin pin strips maybe.

Still, it is a nice piece of work. Also, congrats on the sale. It is always great to sell something to someone who will enjoy it.

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#6 posted 01-06-2011 05:07 AM

looks good man

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#7 posted 01-06-2011 05:08 AM

Congratulations on the sale. I hope you are getting compensated adequately.

Maybe the next one you can leave the purpleheart out of the legs, or keep it as an accent pinstripe and then you can keep that one?

Did this table spur any other creative ideas as you were going along since you sort of did it. On the fly, without Sketchup plans? I have yet to do anything in Sketchup, then turn it into a reality. I usually either do a quick sketch on a scrap of paper, or just pull it out of my head. Maybe learning Sketchup would be even more beneficial to me?

Were you more satisfied with your finish this time?

-- 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 01-06-2011 07:11 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. The whole design of the legs were a “in the moment” descision at the lumber dealer, I debated back and forth but decided on this. Definitely appreciate the constructive critism though, gives me different ideas on how to do the same thing. The idea did come from the cutting boards. I’ve got another commision project coming up but after that I plan on building one for my mom but using all cherry, the lumber dealer had a big special on cherry and I bought a good amount and want to build something with it, she mentioned something after she saw this finished.

Johnathan, I’m planning on doing this for now on when I have down time inbetween commisions, it could be anything just something. I don’t mind doing commisioned builds, the reactions I get from the customers make it worth doing plus the money adds a bit, but its what someone else wants. I feel a bit confined sometimes so these builds are where I’m going to let my mind and skills loose. As far as being sold it depends on the piece and the interest from other people. My main use for Sketchup is the show the customer what the piece will resemble, I very rarely build it exactly like it is on there but it gives them an idea. As far as for me it gets used for sizing and figuring the measurements of each piece. I was very pleased with how the finish came out, before I used regular Minwax poly and it was a bit thick and I had trouble getting it smooth, now I’m using the thinned down wipe on poly.

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#9 posted 01-07-2011 05:19 PM

Makes perfect sense in using Sketchup to at least have a rendition to show the client, if for no other reason. Even if you have a crystal clear vision of the piece in your head, it’s one of those things that gets lost in translation without being able to have a solid visual point of reference for others to see.

-- 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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Jim Howard

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#10 posted 01-15-2014 04:47 PM

In the photo where the light reflects off the table surface, the open grain of the wood is evident. It looks good and invites the curious to touch it. Fine work.

-- Jim Howard

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