Floating- Top Table

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Project by tlide posted 09-06-2011 12:38 AM 2389 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first time posting anything on here. This is the floating-top table out of the September 2011 issue of Wood magazine. I did this to learn how to do mortises, tenons, tapered legs, and string inlay. I used red oak and black walnut for the table structure. Balsa wood was used for the string inlay as it was very easy to work with when doing the circles.


-- Tracy- Waycross, Ga.

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#1 posted 09-06-2011 12:54 AM

Very nice table. I really like the string inlay. The table legs are nicely proportioned as well. Thanks for posting

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#2 posted 09-06-2011 01:04 AM

Nice table. You don’t mess around with wood selection do you.
The inlay looks great aswell.

Thank for sharing your work, Looking forward to more.

-- Anthony

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#3 posted 09-06-2011 02:07 AM

The stringing adds a nice touch.

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 02:24 AM

Hi Tracy – what intrigued me was the description. I wanted to see the details of the floating top – can you post some pictures from lower angles? I did enjoy the string inlay against the black walnut. Do you think this experience will drive you to use more inlay in your work?

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#5 posted 09-06-2011 02:25 AM

Very well done! The tapered legs give it that graceful, light look…. well done!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#6 posted 09-06-2011 04:06 AM

Thomas here is a picture showing how the top is mounted. Inlay does a character to a piece of fuurniture.

-- Tracy- Waycross, Ga.

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#7 posted 09-06-2011 07:44 AM

Very nice.

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#8 posted 09-26-2011 06:04 AM

This looks great! I hope to try something like this in the future!

-- Steve, Rochester, NY

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#9 posted 10-31-2011 06:54 AM

how deep did you make the string inlay and how did you cut the slot for the balsa. Great idea. I’m just starting on a floating top as I have a set of legs I made and have been wondering what kind of top to affix. Now I’m hooked after seeing yours.

-- Baron von App Wood Working

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#10 posted 11-02-2011 12:01 AM

The circles were cut with a Dremel Trio using a 1/16 router bit. The depth of the circles is about 1/16 if I remember correctly.

-- Tracy- Waycross, Ga.

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