Tangled Up (Dining Set) in Blue

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Project by WhiskeyWaters posted 04-24-2012 03:55 AM 2063 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to photograph my completed big fall project from 2011. I put together the table base over a few weeks in August and built the top over a couple weeks in September. I don’t remember much, other than my wife traveled overseas during that time. I remember my stomach tightening when she said “well, the country is in a state of emergency, so I might need a bodyguard” and the guys at the lumberyard telling me “a great story” about said country which involved his friend being smuggled out of a military dictatorship.

I built the top in a fury and spent the rest of the day re-learning or learning prayers for safety in a number of religions. Then I listened to a lot of soft rock power love ballads. Just to cover all bases.

My wife came home safe to a new table.

Reminds me of a 555 timer chip, now that I look at it…

Of course, if you build a table, you have to have chairs. I’ve always wanted to build an “exact” copy of a project from Make: Magazine. I built four in November, and they looked like this. I added a support brace across the back and front, which mitigated the thinness of the plywood. As is, the chairs have some flexing but have held up quite nicely for six months.

If you build a puzzle chair, make sure your sides stay parallel to the ground or lean towards each other slightly. One of mine tilts the wrong way and my “total-testing apparatus” (my three-year old) has flipped that chair a few times. I figured out which one caused the trouble and made it “Daddy’s Chair”.

Make it safe & keep the rubber side down & visit my woodworking/teaching blog at

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

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#1 posted 04-24-2012 04:32 AM

The colors are imaginative and fancy free.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 02:05 PM

Nice colors for the beach house

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#3 posted 04-25-2012 01:36 AM

That looks dazzling! It must have taken nearly as long to paint as to build.
I am having the tilt problem with a bench at the moment…it is making me quite angry, as I do not get paid until it is through, and at this point…well, I just started another.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#4 posted 04-27-2012 02:09 AM

A 555 timer chip never knew anything about blue, that most perfect compliment to a natural wood colour.
The chairs seem bright eyed and inviting.
What a dreamy piece.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#5 posted 07-26-2012 05:57 PM

I don’t see the relationship to the 555 timer chip, but I like the table and unusual chair. t

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

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#6 posted 07-26-2012 06:18 PM

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

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