Floating top table

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Project by peterrum posted 03-11-2012 04:15 PM 5575 views 11 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This floating top table is a design which was in the Sept 2011 issue of Wood magazine. I have always liked the floating top design since first seeing Don Kondras curved leg table in FWW so I decided to give it a go. I wanted a dark base to contrast our light coloured floors so decided on black walnut for that. Where I live I have very limited access to quality hardwood and could not find any good black walnut. So I settled on some elm I had milled up myself and thought that a walnut stain might work.

For the top I decided on some figured maple. As I was positioning the boards for glue up I did not like the way the figuring connected on the boards at the glue line so I separated them with a 1/8” strip of smoked oak. The table top has a 20 degrree bevel which I cut on the table saw then cut a corresponding sanding block in order to sand the edges.

The top was to be mounted to the base with figure 8 washers but I did not have any and didnt feel like waiting for a mail order so I made some by cutting small bits from steel strapping, grinding them smooth and attaching them. They worked great.

The finishing on the base was with a couple of coats of Minwax walnut stain and a coat of poly. The top was finished with a homemade concoction of BLO, Spar Varnish and Mineral Spirits. I fancy this floating top design so much that i might make another one.

-- Carpe Diem

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 04:54 PM

Gorgeous table, nice form, beautiful finish

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Chris Pond

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 05:17 PM

A really nice work, I like the used of the pipe hanger for the “table keeper”.

-- Chris, Fernie, BC

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 05:40 PM

The table looks fantastic!!! Excellent work.

I especially like the 1/8” strip at the glue lines, the table top looks less monolithic. Looks good & solves a problem. Great workaround!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 10:49 PM

Thanks for the detailed photos. The second one helps to understand the magic trick of the floating top. Don’t worry about the elm stained as walnut ; it would have fooled me. Great design, both modern and classy. Wonderful result.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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