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Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 26, 2012 07:32PM)
Hi, to all....I decided to build one of my tables, and wanted to share the design with you all. Its made of solid curly maple....

Message: Posted by: AGMagic (Mar 26, 2012 08:01PM)
Very nice. what finish do you plan to put on it?
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 26, 2012 08:36PM)
Because this is such an expensive wood which has such beautiful grain I give 7 coats of oil...This will bring the beauty of the wood, and at the same time it protects it.....Thanks
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Mar 26, 2012 09:10PM)
1) Did you cut the post from one continuous piece, or are those separate sections?

2) Do the feet come off, too?

3) Is the top hollow?

I really like your design!!
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 27, 2012 04:51AM)
Hi, Michael

The post is one continuous piece(not separate)
One of the legs come off so that you can carry/ship the item flat
The top is hollow with a border of 3/4" solid maple. The inside will be cover with the table material which can be rotated to change table top color i.e. (red/green).


Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Mar 27, 2012 09:50AM)
Thanks for your reply. It's a very nice table.
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 27, 2012 10:27AM)
Thanks for your comments. I was not planning to make this table, as I have one that I personally use, but I had some spare wood so I figured "Why not"
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Mar 27, 2012 10:52AM)
I do similar things quite often. One time, a local guy asked if I'd build him a folding table, so I told him what materials to bring over. There was some plywood left over, so I took that as part of my labor fees, and made myself a pair of skeleton tables. Sometimes, I can't bring myself to go out and spend the money for materials for a whimsical project, but if the stuff is sitting there in front of me, I'll often get the urge to make something with it.

As far as tables go, I've made probably more than a dozen of them over the years, just for my own shows. Every time I'd develop a new show, I'd usually find that there was a specific table design that would work best for that particular act. I've kept some, sold some, given some away, re-purposed some, and thrown the rest in the trash!
Message: Posted by: Nigromante (Mar 27, 2012 11:18AM)
Next time you go to throw one of those in the trash I would ask that you remember I have a trashcan at my home you can use....
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 27, 2012 12:43PM)
I understand.....I have made over 25 of these tables, with slight variations, but the design has always been the same.....Because, you seem to have understanding of carpentry, you do understand that when it comes to quality wood there is a price, and usually is not cheap.....I have made this same design in birds eye maple, mahogany, curly maple/tiger maple, and walnut.....So you can estimate the cost can vary, depending on wood selection.

Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 27, 2012 12:44PM)
Hmm....I have some left over wood....so I think is time to make a fancy Cigar Box....
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Mar 27, 2012 02:40PM)
With all the left-over wood here, I'm doing a room addition.
Message: Posted by: jolyonjenkins (Mar 27, 2012 02:57PM)
It's beautiful. I wouldn't dare carry it around.
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 27, 2012 03:45PM)
Believe me when I tell you that this table is extremely durable. I have taken my table world wide and its look like new.... Thanks for your comments
Message: Posted by: SmittyWitty (Mar 27, 2012 05:13PM)
Very very nice. what are you using for the top and what are the dimensions?
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 27, 2012 06:33PM)
For the top I usually use the same type of cloth used in pool tables. I will do that last; after treating the table with oil. Thanks for the comments
Message: Posted by: mydogripper (Mar 28, 2012 06:03AM)
Is this your first table design or have you sold these before. I have one that looks almost exactly like this.
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 28, 2012 07:20AM)
Hi....This is my design which I started to build a few years ago......I have sold over 25 of these in the past, maybe you do have one of my tables? Way back I started to build these in oak......and then I decided to go more for the exotic woods ...
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (Mar 28, 2012 07:59PM)
I've owned--and used--one of Richard's tables for the past 5 years. It's held up exceptionally well and I always get compliments on it from other magicians.

Mine is a less elaborate version of his basic design. You can see a glimpse of it in some of the photos on my website.
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 28, 2012 08:32PM)
Donal, Thanks for those remarks.....I'm very happy that you are pleased with your table.....I had stopped making the table for quite sometime. This table is quiet bigger that the one you have but the overall construction still the same; as this design has proven to be strong, and appealing to others as you mentioned..

Best Wishes,
Message: Posted by: rmann (Mar 29, 2012 10:31AM)
Beautiful work. Makes me itch to go and build something! The last thing I built was a table top to fit on the top of a folding tripod for quick and easy transport. Not nearly as nice as yours. Thanks for posting the pictures.
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 29, 2012 03:30PM)
I know the feeling. Sometimes I just need to build something.
Message: Posted by: mydogripper (Mar 29, 2012 04:21PM)
I thought I recognized it. I was one of the first to buy your tables. I really do like performing with it and will continue!!!
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 29, 2012 05:50PM)
Thanks for all the wonderful comments, and thanks to those who had purchased my table in the past. Once I'm done with the oil process and the table top, I will post more pictures.....
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Mar 29, 2012 06:34PM)
So can you make this table out of pine or Popular and stain it? I don't care for labor intensive furniture, oiling it every day. I guess I am just old school with magic props and don't care for this new 'natural' wood look for magic. Interesting design, very modern looking.

As it is a close-up table, how tall is it? Is it for sitting down at or standing?
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 29, 2012 07:57PM)
This table can be made of any wood type, mind you that some woods are stronger than others....Now when it comes to labor intensive; I don't understand.....I have used one of these tables, with my standard 7 coats of tung oil.....for over 25 years.....and I have never had to oil it again. When it comes to the natural wood colors in magic, I think that it's up to the customer/magician that uses it. Personally, I think that it is a crime to stain woods of high cost (exotic woods; such as maple, cocobolo, walnut, mahogany, koa....etc..), as naturaly they possess beauty within and oil brings those colors to life.

I do appreciate your comments, but it also surprises me that you mentioned it being modern....as my intention base on the feet/legs with arch type legs to be the opposite of modern which I would of represented it by having more straight and clean lines, specialy in the legs. This particular was design for the standing magician, so in the past the table was made to custom based on the performers request.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Mar 29, 2012 10:39PM)
WOW! Don't be so defensive, I was only expressing my thoughts on my tastes for magic tables. Sorry to ruffle your feathers.

I have read about oiled furniture, and they say to apply oil often and polish. Any time I would have to do that is considered work for me.

Yes, in magic the cross leg design is modern, before that it was 3 legs as 3 legs could be leveled on uneven flooring for stage work. I believe it was Abbott's that decided to make the 4 leg design. I believe your center post is very modernistic, looks wonderful and a bit magical at how it is able to be stable. Good design.

Again, my tastes lean toward Birch wood as the design takes stain beautifully. Again, this is what excites me and only me.

If I got a table like yours and took it to Pizza Hut to perform table to table, and got any food on it or a kid would kick it, I would have to hospitalized. I dropped my Nielsen Top Hat Cane on concrete once, and could not sleep for a week. Luckily, after a week in bed, I got the courage up to look at the cane. It was unharmed and not marred in any way.
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 30, 2012 05:10AM)
Again thanks for your comments......At no time was I upset (I have strong skin, specially after serving the U.S Marines for over 20 years... HA HA!!!) but I feel that it is only respectful to respond to each member that provides me with feedback...this is just my take.

But, I do apologize in advance if I upset you in any way....I was just expressing an opinion, just like we all have.

This table is a product of many years of comments both negative and possitive from personal friends and members from the Café. When I responded to your feedback it was not my intention to upset you, but wanted to give you my opinion, not based on what people has told me, but more from a personal experience.

This table has changed, somewhat since my first design...to include the top making it more durable....The top can now be removed if needed to be replaced..as you mentioned (stains...etc) This top has two colors which can be easily exchage by just flipping the inside. The table top is build with the strenght of dovetails making it extremely durable. Because of the design....If damaged in any way it can easily be repaired because its solid wood, specially woods that are very durable such as Maple.....That is one of the reasons I don't like working with pine as its a soft wood.

The reason for the legs, is more for conveniece based on members request. A set of legs are already permanent on the post, making it easy to lay flat. The only attachments required in the other legs which slide right in, and of course the top.

I hear you concerning the oil and the work involved in maintaining this based on comments you have heard. In my personal experience, I had never had to maintain my tables....and today it still has the same luster than 25 years ago. Hope this helps.

But, anyway...these are just comments based on experience, and many years of waisting good wood....

Again, please let me know both negative and possitive comments, as both has helped me design a table I'm personally very proud of...and I could not have done it without members like yourself.

Message: Posted by: pattrick (Mar 30, 2012 12:24PM)
That is awesome!! Let me know if you need a nice custom cut mat for the top. Pattrick http://www.pattricksmagic.com
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Mar 30, 2012 03:46PM)
Nice work! I like the diamond banding.
Message: Posted by: magia355 (Mar 30, 2012 06:28PM)
Pattrick, thanks for your comment......I will definitely take a look at your mats and get back to you for a special custom set.

Ekuth, Thanks, In the past I used a solid exotic wood trim, usually koa, kokobolo or some other contrasting wood to give it a little more detail... Even though I may still use a solid trim, I have to agree with you, that a diamond pattern or some other sort of pattern makes it that more special.

Message: Posted by: magia355 (Apr 5, 2012 07:03PM)
Just wanted to share my update with the table...These pictures were taken after 2 coats of oil.....need 4 more...Hope you all like it..