Hans Wegner Danish Modern X Base Table

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Project by Caleb James posted 01-04-2013 03:41 AM 4851 views 12 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a reproduction of a Wegner table for a client of mine that also wanted 6 Wegner chairs (CH36, CH37) to match. Made all in mahogany with bent brass cross braces. This is the most solid table I have ever made. Would have never guessed it when working up the design.


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#1 posted 01-04-2013 03:47 AM

Very cool design and a extra fine build.

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 09:50 AM

Elegant !

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 09:57 AM

Wonderful designs. I’ve like the hard work you have put into the post.

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 12:42 PM

I have made a number of modern style tables and this has to be the most satisfying to me. I love it when the construction of something is so simple yet so effective.

It came together well, seemed too easy, really. I love when that happens. But that is how it is sometimes in the shop. It makes me think of how some song writers talk about how a song just come together in a matter of one session while others you really have to work over and over before it becomes a good tune.

I have been planing on replacing a table I made for my house, since I am moving, and was going to do the CH327 that Wegner designed but this one is calling to me.


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#5 posted 01-04-2013 12:56 PM

What a beautiful table and chairs.

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 03:29 PM

When I first saw the table, I thought “WOW, I love the simplicity of it. But how could you match chairs to it?” And then you did. Very Nice!

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 05:19 PM

Now you’ve got the hang of it. That’s really neat and nice!

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 07:44 PM

very nice replica Caleb

another isue …. just saying it since I know the danish designers and there family´s
are known to havely gard the designs from being used comercialy
hope you got the permission before you sold it …. don´t answer here
since I´m not or anyone here is to judge you
I just told it so you don´t get surpriced …. if or when …..
for me … you can make all the replicas you want since its fun to do it :-)


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#9 posted 01-04-2013 07:57 PM

Really beautiful and well executed.

Noticed you somewhat modified the table by adding underside battens and a spine. Was this to compensate for a weakness in the original? I have a set of Harry Ostergaard dining chairs, that are somewhat delicate. The lightness of some mid-centruy designed furniture does not always lend itself to robustness.

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#10 posted 01-04-2013 08:12 PM


you are not the first to suggest such a thing. There are a lot of misconceptions out their about designer furniture. Think for a moment that if what you suggest where a problem then no one could make Stickley furniture or any design that Robert Lang puts in his books. So you can trust there is no problem with replicating furniture or using a trade name to refer to a style of furniture.

Basically there is not furniture “design” that can be patented. Any patent has to be based on an original functionality of the furniture, such a pull out sofa bed. The mechanism is patentable.

The only thing a manufacturer can do is Trademark™ a design or designers name. So I can’t say that it is a licensed Wegner piece, etc. That would be fraud. I can’t use a photo from the manufacturer to represent my item since that would be unauthorized use of an image and would be misleading. I do none of those so it is perfectly acceptable to make a replica, though the manufactures don’t like it. Obviously competition for any company is something they don’t like. Fortunately for them I pose no harm in any way.

On a final note I have never taken measurements from an actual Wegner piece. I work the design up from scratch.


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#11 posted 01-04-2013 08:15 PM


I had to make this one suit a solid wood top. The originals that I could find on line appeared to be a veneered plywood with solid wood edge banding. Of course solid wood would need some sort of support to prevent warpage and accommodate expansion and contraction. I had to use my own judgement to make it as strong and stable as possible. Fortunately mahogany is very stable and warpage is not a large concern but must be considered.


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#12 posted 01-04-2013 08:41 PM

Just looked up Harry Ostergaard. Had never seen that design before. Looks like a cross between a Moller and a Wegner. Funny. Very nice though considering the ones I saw.


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#13 posted 01-04-2013 09:18 PM

Makes sense about the reinforcement for a solid wood top. Here is a picture of one of the chairs I have:

The weak point as you could probably guess, is the connection between the seat support and the legs. The seat support is an “X” brace that is connected to each leg by 2 dowels. The chair back is a 3 layer bent laminate with a really neat solid wood curved lip on the top, that allows you to easily grip the chair from behind.

A slightly beefier seat support with floating tenons instead of dowels, would probably go a long way in strengthening these chairs.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#14 posted 01-05-2013 01:48 AM

That’s a very elegant, sleek dining set, perfectly executed as well. Top class work.

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#15 posted 01-05-2013 02:18 AM

I have often wondered how that dowel joinery holds up in the modern pieces. I have heard that dowels usually fail because round mortis and tenons have lots of draw back. To deep to go into in just one post. The other problems that dowels present is that they are usually always of a different wood than the wood it is joining thus the joint is even more unstable through seasonal movement and the glue fails and the joint falls apart. Really not something you want in a chair.


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