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Project by cathyb posted 02-25-2012 10:11 AM 3614 views 16 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table for a show last month and finally got the pictures back from the photographer.
This handcrafted table of solid koa includes: bent laminate legs, a shallow drawer for keys or mail, and a book-matched table top. Joining the legs to the table was a bit tricky. This is how I did that: the table to was originally about 44” long. I cut three inches from each end; added an angled dado in these 3” by 8” pieces of wood; attached them to the underside of the table with glue and screws; then a cut a tongue on the end of each of my bent laminate legs and fit them snuggly into the dados and reinforced the joint with recessed screws with plugs.
The legs are a bent laminate with about 10 layers of wood. To do this, I created a solid plywood form, cut my koa on my resaw bandsaw to 1/8” in thickness and bent them on the form with epoxy as my adhesive. The form was only 6” wide, so I made 4 bent laminates. After cleaning up the excess glue, I then selected the best matches for the pair of legs. The final sanding was a bit tedious, but the wood was so nice that I just couldn’t wait to see it with a finish. (You know how that goes!).
The top was the easiest part. I had a nice 8/4 board. I sliced it down the middle on my resaw bandsaw and book-matched it.
The finish is polyurethane, at least 6 coats. The final sanding is with micromesh paper of 1800 to 3200 grit. I love that stufff! It really makes the wood feel like satin.
Dimensions: 38” wide by 26” tall by 10” deep.

It’s an interesting little table and I hope it inspires you to make something that’s kind of different. Enjoy…..

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#1 posted 02-25-2012 10:48 AM

You have a fantastic piece of art! The wood is beautiful and the design elegant. I love it. Only two kinds of people can own a piece like this. You either have to be very rich, or very talented.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 12:05 PM

Good design and beautiful wood Cathy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 12:48 PM

Beautiful work. Beautiful piece.
Note to myself, hate Cathy for having access to that much Koa wood ;-)
Keep up the good work!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 01:07 PM

Wow, this is a very nice looking table. Definitely good looking wood/grain and great lines….thanks for the inspiration.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 02-25-2012 01:14 PM

Very Nice, Clean & Crisp.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 02-25-2012 01:49 PM

classic elegance

timeless design

beautiful work

-- 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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#7 posted 02-25-2012 01:58 PM

Always love your stuff, Cathy. Wish I could move back to Hawaii and have access to Koa like that!

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#8 posted 02-25-2012 02:22 PM

Great build and an interesting design Cathy. I love the treatment and grain pattern choice on the drawer which for me is the focal point of the piece. The bent legs gives it a softer feel and brings everything together. Congratulations!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#9 posted 02-25-2012 02:41 PM

Beautiful. Clean design. Artistic. Excellent execution. My wife loves it.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 02-25-2012 02:43 PM

Elegant,creative, and beautiful.
You have a way with these pieces that is your own Cathy.
This is another wonderful piece of Koa and you have allowed it to shine in all it’s glory.
Great piece Cathy.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 02-25-2012 03:11 PM

Beautiful table. A very attractive and unqiue design complimented by the way you selected and matched the wood , and well constructed and finished. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 02-25-2012 03:26 PM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#13 posted 02-25-2012 03:45 PM

Very nice table a super design fantastic wood and nice build.

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#14 posted 02-25-2012 03:57 PM

What stunning wood. And craftsmanship. Congratulations!


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#15 posted 02-25-2012 04:27 PM

beautiful …a true piece of art.

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