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Offline Rocker

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Zigzag dining table
« on: May 30, 2007, 08:14 PM »
Here is a zigzag dining table in jarrah that I designed to match my zigzag chairs. Its frame consists of two Z-assemblies (made from 2" x 3" stock, joined by three stretcher rails (2" x 2 1/2"). 8 mm dominoes were used for all the joinery, which is similar to that of the zigzag chairs. The top is 7/8" x 38" x 68". The table seats six easily. I used 7/8" x 7/8" x 1 3/4" glue blocks screwed beneath each end of the top stretchers to reinforce the joints against racking.

David
« Last Edit: May 30, 2007, 08:18 PM by Rocker »
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Offline John Stevens

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Re: Zigzag dining table
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2007, 10:01 PM »
Maybe an obvious design idea to some--match the table to the chairs--but I wouldn't have thought of it in 100 years.  I'd always liked the zigzag chairs, but couldn't figure out how to integrate them with other furniture in the room.  Now I can see it--zigzag desk with a zigzag chair for the office, zigzag end-tables and coffee table with a zigzag couch for the living room, etc.  Thanks again, Rocker!

Regards,

John
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Offline Jim Dailey

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Re: Zigzag dining table
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2007, 10:49 PM »
Rocker,

I love the side view picture of the table & chairs!!!  Great visual!!!  The mirroring of the chair angle is a great effect. 

As always, very creative work.   Great to have you on the FOG.
jim
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Offline Rocker

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Re: Zigzag dining table
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2007, 11:35 PM »
John,

The idea wasn't obvious to me either. It took someone else to suggest to me that I should design a table to match the chairs. I only wish that I had room in the house to keep the table. But it looks as though my relatives in England may score a dining table. I already had two before building this one.

David
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Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: Zigzag dining table
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2007, 08:39 AM »
David,
Excellent work!  Festool should be proud to know that their tools are being used to create such amazing woodworking.

I finally had a chance to read the latest Woodcraft and saw the article about your Zigzag Chair.  Great instructions in the article for anyone who wants to give this a try.  As the article mentioned, the Zigzag concept has a clean look, but is not as simple to build as it appears.

Please keep us posted on other Zigzag concepts.

Matthew
FOG Designer and Creator

Offline Brian Gray

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Re: Zigzag dining table
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2007, 11:04 AM »
That's some inspiring work!

Great job!

Offline charlie b

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Re: Zigzag dining table
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2007, 11:36 AM »
Nice idea - executed well.

While the design is nice and clean I'd be concerned about
the table top cupping as there doesn't seem to be anything
to prevent it.

How'd you get around that potential problem?

charlie b

Offline Rocker

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Re: Zigzag dining table
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2007, 04:05 PM »
Charlie,

First of all, I was careful to alternate the growth-rings of the boards that make up the top, so as to minimize any tendency to cupping; and the buttons that attach the top to the frame should also prevent it. I also applied two coats of polyurethane to the underside of the top, as well as four coats to the topside, so the top should be pretty much immune to variations in humidity. If it did turn out to be a problem, it would be easy enough to attach cleats to the underside of the top, outside the frame, to hold it flat.

David
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