Walnut and Cherry Game Table

Pushing the threshold of proportions.

LOCATION: Victoria, BC, Canada

    I received an order for an occasional small table for playing cards and having breakfast. The table's single pedestal originally had flutes. I convinced them to do something different, since fluted bases are a dime a dozen. As a self-critique, I must say that the tabletop should have a sunburst or at the least, a "pie" pattern, but my clients wanted a solid cherry top. In addition, the top does not seem big enough for the base or the base seems too big for the top. That's because it is! I made the base as big as possible and I think it's at the threshold of looking out of proportion. My goal was making this tripod table as stable as possible due to the constant heavy use it's going to receive. I should also mention that the base is 3" thick. The span of the base is 27" in diameter. In conjunction with the heavy thick base, this span makes this table very stable. Other dimensions are: base of the pedestal is 8" in diameter, top is 7/8" thick and 30" in diameter, and the overall height is 29-1/4".
Walnut and Cherry Game Table

    Since I am not a turner, I rather overwhelmed myself with the geometry of the glue-up for the pedestal. I over analyzed it, which was actually so simple. Four pieces of 3" thick cherry were bevel-ripped at 22.5 degrees and then 1/4" thick walnut pieces are sandwiched in between them. (That's why experience is important!) The glue up was fairly easy with the use of surgical tubing as my main clamping device and K-body's kept the halves inline vertically. My ultra-talented turner extraordinaire friend, Ray Franklin, did the actual spinning and finishing on his monstrous Oneway lathe.
Walnut and Cherry Game Table

    The base is joined together with sliding butterfly keys to ensure that the tripod base will never come apart. Female parts (walnut pieces) were cut on the table saw with my single beveled dovetailing blade. I finished the table with four coats of lacquer and Lee Valley's turner's polish for the turned parts.

. . . H. C. Sakman, a.k.a. "Chico"



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