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Almost-A-Magician
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Hello All...

After several mishaps and winging it along the way to make it work, my first attempt at a magic-related wood working project is completed. I have a newfound respect for anyone who does this well!

Picture of my folding table is at: http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g476/brnichols1/

I'm hooked and looking forward to another project! Thanks to all for the wealth of information in this area that helps newbies like me.
Michael Baker
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Your first time project is known as a prototype. All the tweaks are needed until you have it doing as it should. My world is filled with prototypes. I have jokingly said that I live in the "House of 1001 Prototypes"! Almost every first shot at something new is a prototype. It is usually not until the second, third, etc. attempts that you move beyond the prototype phase.

That all being said, I love that table!! You have a good eye for pleasing design.
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Looks good... reminds me of my first one. I used it for years. It was painted Chinese Green and had a huge "?" in white with a black outline and drop shadow. I was really proud of it.
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I'm with Michael. You do have a good eye for design. The best part for me is that you didn't go overboard and make the table scream "Look at me!!" The Art Deco cutaway at the bottom is the most oustanding feature, and you handled it just right imo.

How about some pix from the back and broken down too?
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Very nice. I agree with Chance about the bottom cutaway. It looks great. I like the contrast of woods and stains, subtle and effective. If you build another, you might re-think the rope handles. Perhaps some shop made wooden handles with a Deco design would be appropriate. I know good hardware is difficult to find but the rope just seems a bit of an afterthought.

Overall this is a GREAT piece for your first effort! Don't worry, it gets easier with experience...but then you want to build more difficult pieces.
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Almost-A-Magician
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Thanks guys...

Prototype is right! and good advice on the handles...You are right - I wasn't quite sure what to do, and didn't like the cut-out approach. I used gold rope which looks a little better than normal rope, but, it's still rope.

Chance - I just posted pics of the back and broken down. One of my mishaps was that I mis-measured the distance the hinges would cause the side panels to fold in, so it folds "almost flat!" with a slight overlap... oh well.

http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g476/brnichols1/

Thanks. Brian
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Anyone else catch the upside-down shoe print? LOL
Almost-A-Magician
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Yah...that's probably from me kicking it when it wouldn't fold flat Smile
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Very Nice, What kind of wood did you use?
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Mostly 1/2 inch Birch plywood, The top is a solid piece.
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