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Project by mdzehr posted 04-03-2022 04:33 AM 907 views 5 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a retirement present for my wife. The curved legs posed a real learning curve for me. I lost two in the process. Lessons learned:

1. Watch the grain pattern. It can break very easily if you try to fight it and it is too acute.

2. Make the form a tighter radius than the finished product.

3. I found it helped to soak the boards overnight and steam them for an hour and a half.

I cut the tenons on the legs before bending. I figured it would be easier and clean them up after bending as needed.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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pottz

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#1 posted 04-03-2022 04:40 AM

i love it ,it’s a cool design.did you consider bent lamination? or you could have cut them out from a wide board ? what wood is the top slab ? what joinery did you use ? and what finish was used ? was stain used ? sorry for all the questions but you were kind vague in your description.

-- 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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#2 posted 04-03-2022 04:46 AM

Thanks Sam.I did consider lamination but really wanted the look and look and challenge of solid wood. The legs are walnut and I didn’t have a wide enough of a piece to cut them out on a curve. The top is cherry. The finish is hand rubbed equal parts Poly, BLO, and Tung Oil.


i love it ,it s a cool design.did you consider bent lamination? or you could have cut them out from a wide board ? what wood is the top slab ? what joinery did you use ? and what finish was used ? was stain used ? sorry for all the questions but you were kind vague in your description.

- pottz


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#3 posted 04-03-2022 04:50 AM

Sam, I forgot to mention that the joinery was mortise and tenon for the ends of the legs.I used biscuits to join the legs together and dowels to fasten the leg sets to the table top.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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pottz

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#4 posted 04-03-2022 05:00 AM

the top looks very light,i never would have guessed cherry.so you you used the maloof formula for a finish.one of my favorite finishes.oh my name is larry not sam.thats just my signature quote from my hero,sam maloof,one of the greatest woodworker of our time.

-- 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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mdzehr

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#5 posted 04-03-2022 05:07 AM

Thanks Larry. The finish formula is my go-to favorite wipe on finish. I expect the cherry will darken considerably like other pieces that have come from the same tree.


the top looks very light,i never would have guessed cherry.so you you used the maloof formula for a finish.one of my favorite finishes.

- pottz


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#6 posted 04-03-2022 11:13 AM

Looks really good Mike, a great design and the legs are sexy. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream

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mdzehr

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#7 posted 04-03-2022 11:21 AM

Thanks Eric. The last thing I wanted was something with skinny straight legs (there’s a Shaker style sofa table just two feet away from it around the corner hanging out under our TV). So. It took me a while playing around with different design ideas before I hit on this one and had to give it a go.


Looks really good Mike, a great design and the legs are sexy. Well done.

- Eric


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#8 posted 04-03-2022 12:12 PM

This is absolutely gorgeous. Love the design and wood combination. Great retirement gift!

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mdzehr

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#9 posted 04-03-2022 12:26 PM

Thanks BB!


This is absolutely gorgeous. Love the design and wood combination. Great retirement gift!

- BB1


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#10 posted 04-03-2022 12:46 PM

Super Build! This is a beautiful Tables. I love the design and the combination of Materials.Your Wife will cherish this gift for a life time, Congratulations. P.S. what are the demintions?

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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mdzehr

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#11 posted 04-03-2022 12:48 PM

Thanks Oldrivers!

Super Build! This is a beautiful Tables. I love the design and the combination of Materials.Your Wife will cherish this gift for a life time, Congratulations.

- oldrivers


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 04-03-2022 12:57 PM

The natural edge slab varies, but is approximately 9”x 28”x 1 3/4” thick and is 30” high.

The legs are 2 1/4” wide and 3/4” thick except where I shaved 1/8” tangent to the apex of the curve where the two legs join.

P.S. what are the demintions?

- oldrivers


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#13 posted 04-03-2022 01:12 PM

I like the different style legs and feet you designed. Very nice looking table.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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mdzehr

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#14 posted 04-03-2022 01:13 PM

Thanks Dave!


I like the different style legs and feet you designed. Very nice looking table.

- doubleDD


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#15 posted 04-03-2022 02:46 PM

simply love this very beautiful design GR8 wood choices nice to see you posting again GREAT JOB :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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