Round old world coffee table

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Project by Les Hastings posted 02-09-2008 09:18 PM 3814 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its 60” diax x 20”tall made out of white oak.

The legs are 8”in dia. at there biggest point.

All surfaces are had planed and edges are scraped and worn, spliting and pegging was also done.

The carvings are done by hand.

Finish is dye stains and glazes with a top coat of poly.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 02-09-2008 11:33 PM

This is an excellent design! Well balanced yet massive.

A few questions:

  • Did you turn the legs yourself? Are they from a solid large block or glued smaller blocks?
  • Were the arced tabletop support/carved pieces radius cut from glue-up or were they bent? If bent, what thickness?
  • Are the bottom radius ‘kick boards’ only supported at the intersection with the legs or do they have additional hidden feet or a metal framework for additional support. For decorate purposes, the leg only attachments would be fine but I could just imaging someone resting their feet or trying to stand on those and away they go.

Overall, this is a GREAT piece of furniture that I’d put in my house any day. Nice work.

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Les Hastings

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#2 posted 02-10-2008 12:08 AM


The legs were glue ups, I turned them.
The carved aprons were cut from solid thick stock. No glue ups.
The curved strechers did have small feet in the center of their length for support.


-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 02-10-2008 01:00 AM

Very interesting piece, Les. I find the carvings to be the most interesting detail of the project.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-10-2008 01:56 AM

This is the second table I’ve seen from you, and I’m sure you’ve gotten the question before (and after every piece you do) but how many man-hours go into a table like this?

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#5 posted 02-10-2008 02:39 AM

It does look old world, that’s for sure! Good job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 02-10-2008 03:04 AM

Amazing work, as usual ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#7 posted 02-10-2008 04:19 AM

Nice contrast, massive and delicate. Great Carving.

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Les Hastings

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#8 posted 02-10-2008 05:20 AM


There’s around 115 hours in this one.

Thanks to all for your comments.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Alin Dobra

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#9 posted 02-10-2008 05:20 AM


I thought this kind of stuff is not made anymore (i.e. only the old timers had the skill to pull off something like this). It looks like I was wrong. Amazing piece.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#10 posted 02-10-2008 11:47 AM

You wouldn’t know that its made in this century!

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Greg Wurst

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#11 posted 02-10-2008 04:09 PM

Beautiful work. Looks like an heirloom piece from a century ago.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#12 posted 02-10-2008 08:19 PM

I’d have guessed about a billion man-hours. Great work.

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#13 posted 02-11-2008 04:14 AM

Great work, beautiful work, it is so unique, impressive. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 04-19-2008 04:38 PM

what can have to say C is an excellent work I am with research D a job and J would like to work in America then if its says to you to send to me an answer

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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