Here is a conference table I built for a client. The
wood is cocobolo.
The size is 50" diameter, 30" high and the top is 2"
The top is a lamination of 3/4" baltic birch and the
cocobolo. The rim is 8/4 solid stock and the pie
shaped pieces are about 3/8" thick glued onto the
plywood. The leg columns and capitals are turned and
there is an all thread through the column that anchors
the legs (through the intermediate stretcher platform)
to the columns and allows the top to register onto the
protruding 1/2" threaded rods at the top of the
columns. The cone of the leg was turned on a temporary
center block and then separated and glued to the
extending leg and foot. That assembly was then hand
shaped and finished. There is a nut in the center part
of the leg that is epoxied and holds one end of the
metal all-thread rod.
The initial in the center is designed to be a balanced
reflection, left and right, top and bottom.
There were about 200 hours of labor involved.
I am a professional woodworker, but furniture is only
a part of what I do.
I currently am off into casting concrete countertops
and sinks as well as furniture tops.
Thanks for the opportunity to share.
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