Sculpted side table

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 06-10-2012 05:03 PM 2421 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sculpted side table was designed by me but influenced by the style and joinery techniques of Sam Maloof. Built from solid Walnut and Cherry. All joints have been reinforced with internal screws and dowels. The legs and table support have been sculpted into a main center post with an organic feel.

I usually take pictures of the build process but I think these are the first pieces I’ve built which I have no pictures of.

Features Include:
Sculpted center pedestal
Maloof Joinery
Removable top
Hand rubbed oil / resin finish
Dimensions – Length 20’’ – Width 20’’ – Height 24’‘

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#1 posted 06-10-2012 05:26 PM

Great work.
Sam would be proud.
I love the joint detail in pic 6.
Keep it up.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 06-10-2012 06:00 PM

Great work , If I could be critical of just two issues for the next project. Sam would have mitered the same piece of wood for the bottom legs to get same color and grain . The other is you did such a great job in fashioning the legs but the pegs and dado corners exposing the end grain detract from the overall design and lose a lot of energy. Sam would have mitered the box tops and used a blind spline to hold the box together for a clean mitered look. Other than that fine piece nice design

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#3 posted 06-10-2012 08:31 PM

beautiful tables here, joinery is spot on , very attractive..good showing here…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 12:57 AM

beautiful tables

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Canadian Woodworks

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#5 posted 06-11-2012 11:38 PM

Arthouse I thank you for your comments and now you’ve begun a discussion because I feel you are wrong on both points. I believe he would use a tongue and groove joint just as I had, he would typically do a 1/4’’ deep tenon I think I made mine 3/8’’. I think the end grain actually draws your attention to the joint which because of the attention has to look good be tight and strong . I feel this way because of the amount of maloof furniture I have looked at in awe and excitement.

Also I think he would make some tables as you said but the majority were from scraps left over from making chairs because he could just trace the templates on any random scraps, he even mentions this is a few movies and well as some lectures I’ve watched.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#6 posted 06-15-2012 08:25 PM

very nice. reminds me of sam maloof

-- scott

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