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Project by dan mosheim posted 11-30-2011 05:52 AM 14585 views 23 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

the commission for this piece came to me from one of my interior designer clients … she sent me a photo of a table saying that the ‘size was wrong, the glass was too thin, and the support elements were too heavy for the room’ .... it looked pretty easy to me on first glance, until i made my first quarter size model. that was close and then i went on to the half size, but the angles off the saw were wrong and needed adjustment. and the points stuck out past the edges of the glass on top. i was getting pretty frustrated until one of my guys took the ball from me and ran with it while i went off to the office, figuring out the key joinery and assembly detail on his own … totally easy and totally rigid and easy to understand once you see it … i could put the key pictures up here, but it’s a good exercise to ponder the construction for a minute and see what you come up with … one picture i don’t have shows the jig we made to hold the legs on their 45 degree axis to cut the on the chop saw, which was the key to getting the compound angles perfect off the saw. that and a little math …. there are key hints in the 2nd and last pictures, but if you don’t get it, you can see the simple solution here ...

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 06:41 AM

Nice work! Even impressed the shop dog ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 11-30-2011 07:22 AM

COOL… Very interesting…

Thank you!

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#3 posted 11-30-2011 02:55 PM

Very impressive looking!

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#4 posted 11-30-2011 06:02 PM

2 thumbs up for the solution-finder and the end result!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 11-30-2011 08:15 PM

Biggest wooden “puzzle” I ever saw. Nice job!


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

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#6 posted 11-30-2011 11:27 PM

Why are the most simple looking objects always so complicated

Nice work

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 11-30-2011 11:46 PM

I like it. Nice going.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 12-01-2011 07:36 AM

I have been trying to figure out how to do this for years and I happened across an article in American Woodworker on Burr puzzles. The 3 piece burr is this exactly. Looks great!

-- Tony

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#9 posted 12-01-2011 11:40 AM

I like that a lot, thanks for showing us how to do it.

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dan mosheim

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#10 posted 12-01-2011 01:21 PM

thanks for your comments … it is definitely an aha! moment for some folks when they see it … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#11 posted 12-02-2011 11:25 PM

A ‘gold star for Lorne…’ Indeed!!! Well done ;-)

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#12 posted 12-06-2011 11:37 PM

Someone was using thier head!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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