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Project by Kaleo posted 06-01-2008 05:15 AM 3323 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is an experimental coffee table. I made it for a local spring festival a couple of weekends ago. The table is made from reclaimed White Oak and some Brazilian Cherry accents. Finished with BLO. The table has an outside frame and the inner slats sit on a center rail and float towards the outer frame but do not connect. The base has been painted a flat black, the legs are frames also that have a taper going towards the bottom. I really like the table, but there are few design things that I will work on, before it will become a production item. The table took me 15 hours to make.

Also I have just posted the first part of my box making series on my blog, so check it out at Kaleo's Workshop

-- Kaleo ,

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#1 posted 06-01-2008 08:04 AM

Pretty nice looiking. Can’t set a pencil on it though. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 06-01-2008 12:34 PM


This is a nice table and, as I would expect of you, it is a unique design. The bc adds visual interest to the piece.

Well done.

Thanks for the box making blog too by the way. It was a nice introduction to box construction.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 06-01-2008 02:16 PM

nice looking kaleo. i like the Brazilian cherry accent. thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 06-01-2008 03:54 PM

Interesting piece. I’m trying to get my head around the contrasting woods and the flat black base. It does catch the eye, for sure. Thanks for posting.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 06-01-2008 04:33 PM

Kaleo, nice execution of your design. I would love to see the same design without the contrasting cherry.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#7 posted 06-01-2008 05:05 PM

it’s a nice table design Kaleo. I like the floating slats design. the black legs also help hightlight the top with the contrasting woods.

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#8 posted 06-01-2008 06:30 PM

Very cool design.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 06-01-2008 06:34 PM

Kaleo…I realy like this table…The top drew me in, but the legs/base is very attractive as well.

One question—-how does the base feel stability wise—-I have a 14 month old and I could see her pulling up on the table and pulling it over…especially on carpet…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 06-01-2008 07:33 PM


Another beautiful piece. It is reminecent of George Nelson’s iconic Nelson bench(in my humble opinion one of the best examples of modern design) but of course with your own personal spin. I really like the brazilian cherry accent. I love the fact that the slats float toward but do not touch the outside frame…great detail!

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#11 posted 06-01-2008 11:24 PM

Kaleo the sock on the sort of takes way from the table but, nice table

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#12 posted 06-02-2008 03:36 PM

Great looking piece Kaleo. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 06-04-2008 12:21 AM

Very novel Kaleo.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 08-03-2008 05:50 AM

I really like the design on this one. The floating slats are a great design element.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#15 posted 08-03-2008 12:25 PM

A unique design, & great craftsmanship. I don’t see any flaws at all.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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