Knock me down, I wanna go to Europe!

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Project by Div posted 02-27-2011 09:18 PM 3541 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year ago Nic first saw my Trapezoid table at a gallery in Cape Town which is 400km from where I live. Yes, I market far and wide! He was on vacation from the UK and wanted to buy the table but shipping costs was about the same as the cost of the table! The gallery was kind enough to give him my contact details and we explored the idea of a knockdown or flat pack version in an attempt to reduce the airfreight charges. Still way too expensive and the idea were shelved.

Maybe 2 months ago the client contacted me again. Friends of his were getting ready to move back to the UK from South Africa and they had space for the table. Could I please make one for him? I was amazed that he still had the table in his mind nearly a year later!

The original Trapezoid table had since been sold but I promised to make another. In order to reduce the volume we revived the flat pack idea and I built a knockdown version. The timber I used was a very light African mahogany with Purple Heart inlays.

Tomorrow I drive down to Mosselbay, the nearest town, to deliver the table to the couriers. They will take it through to Cape Town, where it will be loaded on a plane to Heathrow in the UK, from where it will travel to the client’s house. Then it is up to him to assemble the puzzle! (I did provide some written instructions, just look in the drawer.)

1. Knocked down, ready for packaging.
2. The leg assemblies.
3. The assembled table.
4. The original Trapeziod table.
5. Inlays on the top.
6. Details.

I am quite thrilled. This is the first furniture piece that I send out the country! Thanks for the order, Nic! As always, comments and critique are welcome. This journey is a wonderful never ending learning experience!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 09:31 PM

A little challenged by straight and square are you. It’s OK I understand. Your heart is with the bevel and the curve. BTW don’t change that.

Very nice work Div, I like it a lot.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 09:39 PM

Very good. I’ve always thought woodworkers among the most ingenious of folk, who’d go the extra mile, with thinking cap pulled on. You’re more proof. The table is a delight. Thanks for the detail of the dovetails, and of the virtual and real journey. Really nice.


-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 09:57 PM

here I thought it was you who was coming …..maybee there is room enoff in the flat pack you too…LOL
great work Div. that is the half way around the wold now you only have to make the rest of the travel
then you can say your art is presented worldwide :-)

thank´s for for sharing it
take care

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 10:18 PM

Square? We don’t need no stinkin’square!
Beautiful work, Div.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 10:19 PM

I was hoping that you were coming for a visit :)

Still next best thing.



-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 02-27-2011 10:25 PM

Hi Div,
That is a wonderful table, I sure do understand why he had a hard time to get this out of his mind.
I especially love the ‘wedge’ table top, where the boards end with noe straight cut.
It’s like you caharming and with a individual edge to it.
I also thought for a second it was you comming to Europe, so I would have wrote to you my door are open, and my home yours.
Best thoughts brother,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#8 posted 02-27-2011 11:17 PM

Wow, I love the table! This would get anybody’s attention!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 02-27-2011 11:48 PM

Great news, but now you’ll have to change your name here to “Div International”! (grin)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#10 posted 02-28-2011 12:27 AM

This is great Div. An international reputation. I love your out of the box thinking. The dovetails for strength and heritage; modern, knockdown design. Great work. I admit a bit of jealousy for a moment because I thought the Europeans were going to get to meet you first. Hope you and family are doing well.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 02-28-2011 01:43 AM

Hi Div. A very creative and fine table. I too love the wedge in the top and the also the trapezoid apron. So, could a picture straightener like me live with a piece like this? If you want the answer to that compelling question, just send me one like it, and I will give it try.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 02-28-2011 05:18 AM

Baie mooi Well done !!!

-- Leon . [email protected]

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#13 posted 02-28-2011 05:24 AM

Clever solution to a problem. ANd nice looking too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 02-28-2011 10:10 PM

Shipwright: Blame it on them boats, square is boring! Thanks.

Dennis: Yes, I wish I could have taken a ride with the package!

Stephen Mines: Thanks for the kind words. Off course we woodworkers are most ingenious! It’s just that not everyone knows it (yet!)

Schwieb: You flatter me sir! Thank you. I would just love to visit all my LJ buddies. Problem is twofold: I’m a woodworker and I don’t play the Lottery!

Stefang: I’m sure you could straighten a picture hanging above a crooked table! Anyway, buckets are not square either…

Mafe: Who is the charmer I wonder! Always appreciate your input brother, thank you. As for a visit, see what I wrote for Ken.

Jamie: Thank you. Yes, I wish…see what I wrote above.

Bearpie: Glad you like it! I’ve been to your part of the world in 1992, sailed up the St.Johns River and stayed quite some time…

Grant: Yeah! Enough squares around! Thank you.

Big Tiny: He,he!

Nollie: Dankie!

Swirt: Don’t tell anyone but I had to scratch my head just a little!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#15 posted 02-28-2011 11:23 PM

Very cool. I like those bombproof dovetails!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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