Table with a Twist

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Project by FlairWoodworks posted 06-16-2011 08:07 AM 2887 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This maple table features hand-carve legs and aprons which twist along their length. The table is 42”x12.5”x30” high. It is finished with polyurethane.

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 08:18 AM

thats amazing

-- Im more succesfull at making sawdust than I am at making furniture

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 08:24 AM

Great job. Never saw that done before.

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 11:39 AM

that is very well done….some thought has gone into that

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 03:04 PM

That is an original and creative idea and it is very well done.

I’m trying to figure out how you did this. Is there any chance you would show us any jig you used and/or tell us the techniques you used?

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

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 05:49 PM

Wow, that is beautiful! Excellent design. I really like the twist.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 06-16-2011 06:00 PM


The twists look more complicated than they actually are. The only tools used are a drawknife, spokeshave and card scraper. To layout, draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on each face in the direction you want the twist to go and simply carve up to the lines. On the front apron, the layout line on the face was from the bottom left corner to the top right corner.

The legs are done almost the same way, except that they make a 1/8 rotation instead the 1/4 rotation the aprons do. To lay them out, mark midpoints along the bottom edges of the leg. Also, mark off the section of the legs you want to keep straight to join the aprons. Then draw your layout lines from the corners at the top to the midpoints at the bottom and carve away.


-- Chris Wong -- --

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#7 posted 06-16-2011 07:34 PM

Just love it, perfect balance between simple lines and that wounderfull twist. Most remember this idea for something in th future.

-- Per I

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#8 posted 06-16-2011 11:51 PM

Beautiful !

Here’s an old boat building method for sawing out boat frames that have a side bevel that constantly changes along the curved path of its shape. To do the sawing, it takes two people that can pay attention and work together.

Laying out the curve of a boat frame is an education in itself; in the case of this leg: it’s the straight diagonal line as shown in the photos. Next, mark on the work piece, the bevel angle that needs to be applied to the cut. I.e. It will be zero on one end and progress to 90 degrees at the other end with 45 degrees at the middle.

Put a handle on the saw table and an indicator that will show at what angle the table is tilted to. See the fellow in the green shirt: he is raising the handle to tilt the table as the fellow in the blue shirt saws smoothly and steadily along the path marked. In the case of a boat frame it is a curved line but for the table, it is straight. The “table tilter” watches the bevel angle marks on the work piece and tilts the table accordingly to the angle on the gauge (see the vertical gauge next to his R thumb). As you can only tilt the table to 45 degrees, you will have to roll to another face and complete the cut. Also, don’t forget to loosen the table trunnion lock screws.

I found this photo at:
Now you can spend your time cleaning up the cut with a scraper or sandpaper.
The first time I saw this technique, I was awestruck

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#9 posted 06-16-2011 11:55 PM


I’ve entertained the idea of some sort of bandsaw jig that rotates the leg as it passes through the blade but haven’t come up with anthing yet. You’ve got my mind going again though. Thanks for sharing that interesting technique.

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#10 posted 02-18-2013 11:45 PM

Hello Chris ,
I seem to remember finishing a piece that looks “exactly like that one!!!
Nice work Sir


-- Nad

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