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Offline Jacobus P

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Split table - our first hardwood project.
« on: January 25, 2009, 10:18 AM »
Hi  folks,

Although I've been reading this great forum for quite a while now I have never posted much so far. I'm just a hobbyist and have a very small shop. I love the Festool system since I don't have any room for the standard larger woodworking machines (cabinet saw, jointer, planer etc.).
Recently, me and my girlfriend have started building our own furniture and this is the first project we have completed using 'real' wood (instead of MDF). We called it the 'split table' and its made of 5 different species of wood (zebra wood, African padoek, jatoba, wenge and hard maple). Even though our local woodsupplier told us to think twice before using all these different kinds of wood in one project, we persisted and so far the table remains in good shape.

This was the final result (took us about 4 weeks):

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This is how we build it:

We started out with pre-milled and jointed pieces of wood, either 2x2 or 2x4 cm and about 160 cm long (sry guys, using the metric system here  ;D).
First we matched the pieces for color and got rid of the curved pieces.

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Then we decided how the final tabletop pattern would become by partly covering it with paper.

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Even though we had sorted out the worst pieces there was still quite a lot of slight convex or concave pieces left. Therefore we decided to connected the pieces using Domino's (the 5x30mm ones) to keep them aligned during the glue-up. And as you can see, we used lots of them... (I think about 450 in the whole project, that's 900 holes!  :'()

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We did the glue-up in parts and then sanded the newly formed boards separately before finally glueing them all together. (Something I wont be doing next time since it induced some slight difference in height between boards due to sanding). Sanding consumed about 50% of our time. Mostly using the Rotex 150 starting with Rubin p100 and later Brilliant 2 p120 and p180 before finishing.

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Once all boards were glued together, we crosscut them to final dimensions using the ATF-55 with guiderail.

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Using the MFS with the OF1010 I routed the spaces for the stainless steel legs. In the process I exposed a Domino which wasn't meant to be, but not a real problem either. We had the 8 mm stainless steel table legs custom made.
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« Last Edit: May 24, 2011, 11:11 AM by Shane Holland »

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Offline Jacobus P

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2009, 10:20 AM »
Once we had all parts cut, sanded and dominoed, we applied 2 rounds of oil-wax finish (Osmo top oil, nr. 3058). Then we put al parts together, partly glued, partly held by domino?s only (which sometimes fitted so tight we didn?t bother glueing).

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This was the end result. Fortunately it has become a very sturdy table with no movement whatsover. Any comments, tips and/or critique are very welcome.

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Offline neilc

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2009, 10:37 AM »
I really like it!  Very nice design and execution.  Could you provide the overall dimensions? 

I'm equally impressed that you did this in the middle of your dining room.  Really shows the dust collection and clean operation of 'the system'

Thank you for sharing -

neil

Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2009, 11:11 AM »
I absolutely love it!  And first project with "real" wood.  Can't wait to see what you guys turn out with some experience!  Where and how did you get the legs fabricated?

Offline Jacobus P

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2009, 11:46 AM »
Thanks for the kind replies!

Neil: 47,2 inch in length, 23 inch wide (including 0,6 inch middle gap) and 12,6 inch in height. Storage space between the wooden panels is 2 inch. 

Stoolman: We designed the legs ourselves and had them made by a local iron hardware store. They added some features to improve on stability. Its a Dutch company, but I?ll give you the link to their site anyway:

http://www.vanommenrvs.nl/




Offline Robert Robinson

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2009, 12:09 PM »
I like it too. I really noticed the cat loves the window most of the time too. Great project!
TS-55, FS-KS angle unit, 55 inch guide rail, Domino (pin style), 3 Domino systainer assortments(one sipo set),Multi-position Guide Stop 20, Domiplate , PSB-300, FOGtainer 4, CXS set

Offline Zaphod

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2009, 01:16 PM »
A stunning table!  Personally, I think the Dominos for the glue-up are superfluous in this application; perhaps 3 per length to help with alignment while clamping.  Certainly won't hurt though.

« Last Edit: January 25, 2009, 01:53 PM by Zaphod »

Offline Ken S

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2009, 01:18 PM »
Very imaginative design.  I enjoyed reading the projects path from start to finish. 

So...which one of you came up with the "Split Table" idea...? 

As Stoolman posted - Can't wait to see what you guys turn out with some experience! 

To you and your girlfriend, Great work...!


Offline Jacobus P

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2009, 02:42 PM »
Zaphod: In your original post you said: 'How did you allow for the considerable seasonal movement of the tops?  I see slots in the stainless legs, but they appear to be elongated perpendicular to the direction of the wood movement.'

I certainly share your concern. We did consider using a so-called hoeklijn  :)(don't know the English word, added a picture below) but we thought the table surface would be small enough to go without one.

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We did take some measurements to prevent damage from seasonal movement. Most wood was quartersawn and if not we tried to alternate the endgrains in the opposite direction. We didn't use any flatsawn wood for this project. The tops are separated and the legs aren't connected. So there should be room for some right-left movement.

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Also, the top is mirrored to the bottom below it (their right-to left movement should be exactly opposite)

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But of course time will tell if we were right this way...

Ken S: The original design for the split table came from my girlfriend. She's a designer by profession. I just do what I'm told.  ;D

« Last Edit: January 25, 2009, 02:44 PM by Jacobus P »

Offline Overtime

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2009, 04:49 PM »
Outrageously nice project !   

  I'm guessing that the fabric on that chair had a little something to do with the inspiration of the stripe effect.
 
While modern style is usually not my favorite choice, I do like what I see there. Great design and well executed.

Jacobus P says -
"The original design for the split table came from my girlfriend. She's a designer by profession. I just do what I'm told.   ;D

 I think I would stay with that plan , looks like it's working well ;)

PS ..  using some TransTint Dye colors you could probably make a near copy of the fabric colors using a light colored wood like maple, birch, ash etc. 

This link is to a vendor that sells the dye ( no affiliation ) just to show color chart
 http://www.veneersupplies.com/default.php?cPath=42

Thinking you could dye the individual wood strips then glue them up.
 Just realized this idea would not be possible because you need to sand after glue up and there goes the color.  ::)
« Last Edit: January 26, 2009, 02:10 AM by Overtime »
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Offline Dave Ronyak

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2009, 05:52 PM »
Jacobus,

When you are finished discussing your stunning Split Table, please tell us more about the TV console sitting beyond your new table?   The design and colors of that piece are also fascinating.  Like Overtime, historically, I'm not one who usually is drawn to such modern designs, but the items in your place are exceptional, and well coordinated.

Dave R.
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Offline EricL

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2009, 09:56 PM »
Beautiful table!  It shows some really nice creativity and design.  I am also impressed with how well it came out considering your limited use of stationary tools.  I assume your hardwood dealer jointed the wood for you?   Wish I had a dealer near by that would do that as well.
Most impressive is the fact that your girlfriend assisted in the construction!  I wish I could get my wife involved but she has no interest.

Please share your future projects with us, this one was truly inspiring.

Offline Jacobus P

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2009, 05:44 AM »
Jacobus,

When you are finished discussing your stunning Split Table, please tell us more about the TV console sitting beyond your new table?   The design and colors of that piece are also fascinating.  Like Overtime, historically, I'm not one who usually is drawn to such modern designs, but the items in your place are exceptional, and well coordinated.

Dave R.

Thanks again for all your kind words, it truly inspires us to make more furniture in the future! We made the above mentioned TV console last year using MDF. We had that project documented with photos as well. I'll post that project any time soon.

Offline Frank Pellow

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2009, 09:58 AM »
Jacobus, that's a very inovative design and a great implementaion of the design!  The table could definately qualify as art.  But, at the same time, I can see that it is quite functional.  I congratulate both you and your girlfriend.

What country do you live in?
Cheers,   
               Frank (Festool connoisseur)

Offline marrt

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2009, 10:37 AM »
Very Nice!  I worked at Philips for 10 years.  I recognize this modern style.  I may copy this design myself.  You should be using the Walko bench though.  LOL.  Cheers.

Offline dutchman

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2009, 02:09 PM »
Very nice, Job you did there !
A truly magnificent design very skilfully executed
Inspiring to see both you and your girlfriend at work on this one
Hope to see more from the both of you in the near future   ;)

Offline mattfc

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2009, 02:42 PM »
Superb, original, contemporary and striking... only bad thing I have to say is that my other half has seen it and now wants one!!

Out of interest, I have been pondering have some bespoke stainless steel fabricated for a project in mind, so was wondering roughly how much your stands cost?

Thanks

Matt

Offline EquatorTwo

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2009, 03:45 PM »
Please do post more details on the TV console. Your work is beautiful, and I loved the detailed pictures, each with a different cat! Very nicely done.

Offline Jacobus P

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Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2009, 03:11 PM »

What country do you live in?

Frank, we live in the Netherlands.


Out of interest, I have been pondering have some bespoke stainless steel fabricated for a project in mind, so was wondering roughly how much your stands cost?

Unfortunately, custom made stainless steel items are quite expensive here in Holland. Especially when it doesn't involve mass production. The table legs cost us about 465 euro (over 600 USD).


Please do post more details on the TV console.

I'm planning on doing so this weekend. :)


Re: Split table - our first hardwood project.
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2009, 06:42 PM »
Why is it that Dutch people are so good at designing? I still have to read: http://www.amazon.com/False-Flat-Dutch-Design-Good/dp/0714840696 its been sitting on my shelf for a few years now!

Thanks for sharing