For the past month I’ve been working on a new coffee table design. I had a lot of fun making my first table, so I decided to give it another go with a different design. My initial thought was to go with the usual wood and steel cable approach, but to make a circular table, since my first one was rectangular. I had an idea of what I wanted the table to look like: a circular base with three curved arms coming upward and pointing outward. The arms would support the glass tabletop and would be held in place by cables attached to the base. After sketching this design, however, I realized that I couldn’t orient the wires in such a way so that they would actually hold the arms up.
After a while, I decided to take a slightly different approach and go for an oval design with only two arms. This allowed for the wires coming from the very top of each arm to extend further along the base, giving the arms the stability they would have lacked with a circular design. After sketching for a while I decided on the final design and drafted out a scaled drawing that I used as my blueprint for the rest of the building process.
Unlike my first table, which was made of laminated strips of poplar, this one was made from pieces of plywood that I cut with a jigsaw. I think the plywood and steel cable complement each other nicely to give a little bit of an industrial, albeit graceful, look. All in all, I’m really happy with how it turned out!