The ones that didn’t make it #2 – "Remains"

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Project by Div posted 04-05-2011 09:09 PM 5017 views 24 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of you might know that I have recently been working like a slave to build pieces for an upcoming exhibition called “Out of the wood”. I was fortunate enough to be asked to enter. I submitted 15 pieces to the gallery and only 2 works were rejected by the curators, so I am happy.

“Remains” is another one that didn’t make it. It is a coffee table in various woods and glass. . My continuing search for ways in which to utilize “waste” wood resulted in this unusual table. I just can’t get myself to burn the overflowing boxes of off cuts! No boards were harmed in the making of this table, so I like to think that it is an eco friendly design. The woods in there: Oak, African mahogany, Yellowwood, White Pear, Forest Elder, Cape Beech and even some Maple.

In retrospect I feel that the four legs are too heavy. I should have given it more “leg” before starting the progressive stepping. What is your opinion? Don’t think that you will hurt my feelings; this piece has already been before the most critical of viewers!

Criticism can break you, or make you! It depends on how you view it. Various opinions and critique presents opportunity to learn and grow. I think the secret is not to take criticism personally, to understand that it is merely opinion. Considering different opinions with an open mind and within context is a fantastic learning tool. So….fire away, I’m ready to learn! :^)

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

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 09:25 PM

I like the idea, may copy it for the right project. I agree that the legs look heavy. I think I would remove the stepping and smooth edge. This would make more cut offs, but I think the balance bought by the symmetry would ‘lighten the look.

Thanks for more ideas.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 09:25 PM

i think it’s a very nice table
and i see the transition from rustic to polished

i am thinking a smooth elliptical cut on the bottoms
of the sides and ends
like a bridge that spans a river
majestic and simple
but proud too
would look better in some of the houses that it might go to
art is fickle in some peoples minds
and rustic may just not fit their ordered furniture

did i say it is a beautiful piece

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 09:30 PM

I like this table and concept very much. I’m surprised it didn’t make the cut (no pun intended).
I’d like to try this out myself one day. The third picture shows some screws. Is that the only hardware in the piece?
The legs look fine to me. What are the over all dimensions of the table?

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 09:36 PM

First let me say I like it. I do agree – just slightly too much ‘leg’ and I think the smooth rounding would appeal to me more, but then I’m not the customer either.

Very nice.

-- - Kevin from Cincinnati. All my work is guaranteed: Three minutes or three feet; whichever comes first.

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#5 posted 04-05-2011 09:43 PM

Div, if you’d given the glass top more of an overhang it might temper the solidity (clunkiness?) of the base. Perhaps the four sides could have been thinner.

Its a good table nonetheless. I like the irregular stepping of the underside and that its glass topped. What size is it? or did I miss that?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 04-05-2011 09:47 PM

I, too, like the concept, Div. It makes an attractive, eye-catching presentation. I’m not an art ciritc, but you asked for all opinions. What I think it lacks is, ‘design intention’. By that I mean, it looks as if the designer tried something and then didn’t quite know what to do with it. It lacks ‘finesse,’ for lack of a better term. Instead of arching the lines into a ‘bridge’ curve under the glass, what about rounding each end cut over into the next, rather like a Greene&Greene design idea? It’s hard to tell by the shadow line, but the end cuts in the arc don’t look like a ‘fair curve.’ That may be the photography, I don’t know. You could lighten the legs by ending the arch up higher, leaving a bit more slender leg to the floor.
It does catch the eye, but I can see, too, how it would lose in competition to other pieces. I hope you’ll re-do it! The idea is sound. ;-)


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#7 posted 04-05-2011 09:54 PM

Div you make some wonderfull things,but each time you send a new peace to the comite of “critical viewers” you need to better and better and ill bet that no one slip through with all there ´things without that a piece or two get rejected.

Its a nice table and the recycle ideèr is wery good. All the lines are straight and trip trap trip trap and when i look at it ill try to find something that i havent discovert…does this make sence ?

You must be wery proud to be asked to show your things a place like that. its wery well done :)

Best regards


-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 10:03 PM

I really like the concept of using the multi-wood in the design, but I feel that if you would have made a , lets say a Greene and Greene table, with the Multi-wood. Made the legs vertical pieces and the aprons horizontal pieces .I think It would have been a better looking piece, Just my Two cents.

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#9 posted 04-05-2011 10:08 PM

I second Davids (Patron) thoughts Div. I was going to say exactly the same before I read his opinion.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 04-05-2011 10:22 PM

I like this table. It’s a different way of using cutoffs other than cutting boards, LOL Bet that sucker is pretty heavy though. I agree with Patron and barbs, I would have liked the smooth bridge-like curve as opposed to the square ends and the abutments (legs) refined a little, would make it look more finished. It’s easy to be a critic isn’t it? Don’t pay any attention to me, bet there are just as many that would like the square ends. You have already thought of improvements to your design, take it to the next level!!

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

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#11 posted 04-05-2011 10:50 PM

Cool idea Div. I also agree with you that it should have been less “leggy.” Other than that…pretty cool! Here are some more ideas for you scraps (pictures taken from my Creative Woodworking Blog here on Lumberjocks)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#12 posted 04-05-2011 11:12 PM

Chris, go with it! The idea of smoothing it out sounds good.
Patron, elliptical cuts will look great in the right surroundings. Cool idea. Art is fickle indeed! Happy that you like it!
Freidasdad, I first glued up the four sides, cleaned them up, then simply glued and screwed and plugged them together. No fancy joinery, it was part of a self imposed design brief (to minimize time spent on the piece)
Makerofsawdust, thanks. Yes, the smooth rounding is a good idea, I might make another like that with the next batch of off cuts. Hey, different strokes for different folks!
Britboxmaker, I thought of that, maybe thicker glass too. Can’t quite remember the size now, around 400 high, maybe 600 wide, 1000 long. More or less!
Barbs, some excellent input, thanks. Yes, that is exactly how I see to lighten the legs. Not sure about rounding the end cuts. I’m not really a Greene and Greene fan…Indeed the end cuts are not a fair curve; I purposefully wanted to try random! There was no planning or drawing involved, just a crazy concept in my head and not much time to do it in. I’ve proven the basic idea to myself and want to play with it some more….
Napoleon, thanks man. That’s why we do it, to get better and better…
Shwieb, the cutting boards don’t eat up the off cuts fast enough and I get bored with them…:^) I love the critics, it brings wisdom!
Dakremer, Thanks for the pics man!. That bottom table is kinda the same, although WAY more work! I really like the one with the drawer. Will definitely have to give something like that a go!

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

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#13 posted 04-05-2011 11:32 PM

I like it! The others must have been really great for this to not make the cut! I think as I look at it that I agree that more of a leg would have made it less chunky. Great idea though!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#14 posted 04-05-2011 11:35 PM

I like the idea Div. Maybe slim it down a little, but generally a really cool, simple idea and a great way to put a bunch of scraps of wood to use that otherwise might wind up as firewood.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#15 posted 04-05-2011 11:40 PM

Hi Div.

Nice concept, buddy, but if you wanted to lighten it up a bit you could always rout out a space inside the arced surfaces. Give it more of an open look, sort of like a bridge’s supports.

If you don’t want all those off cuts, I’d be happy to send you my address. (grin)

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

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