Base for oval glass top Dinning Table.

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Project by doug_w posted 12-30-2012 09:57 PM 1955 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The glass top is a 60”x40” oval, so I wanted an interesting base as it would always be visible. The construction is walnut that I resawed into 3/16×3” strips, then laminated on a form in a vacuum bag to create curved supports of about 1.25” thick. The center arched pieces supported the top at points 54” apart along the major axis of the oval with the minor axis support points about 37” wide. I was worried that the base would not support the top with weight on it as the glass weighed over 100 lbs. It turned out that the major axis supports were plenty strong but the minor axis legs needed the 1/2” diameter braces since otherwise it would only be supported by a glue joint square 3”x3” at the center of the arch. I designed the arches so that, if needed, I could put crossed braces through the center to stabilize the legs with triangle braces. It turned out the legs were more than strong enough with the small vertical supports since they were in compression. One of the great aspects of this design is that no matter where you sit around the table, the base is well inside your knees. The 5th photo is of just the base on my deck.

-- Doug, Georgia

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#1 posted 12-30-2012 10:07 PM

Wow that’s an amazing design great job Doug.


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#2 posted 12-30-2012 11:06 PM

very nice design!!

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#3 posted 12-30-2012 11:53 PM

Nice design and execution, ... I have a admiration of bent wood.

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#4 posted 12-31-2012 12:33 AM

Very unique.

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#5 posted 12-31-2012 02:14 AM

That must have taken a lot of working out, with a few nail-biting cuts as well. Great job. It looks amazing

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#6 posted 12-31-2012 04:45 AM

Love this one. I am only a beginner at this bending process and can only admire the design and quality.

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#7 posted 12-31-2012 03:09 PM

A little bit of engineering went into this project, I like it. I’m more into traditional pieces but with the right decor this would fit beautifully. what did you use to attach the top to the frame. From the photo it looks like a friction fit. Very nice.

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