Have you ever had a moment where it just felt good
to stare at something?
could be anything: a flower, an insect, even a pencil on a desk.
Somehow, your eyes get a glimpse of an object that they just can't
let go. It's an unusual opportunity to slow down and take a breath.
This table gives your eyes that all too uncommon chance to relax
and enjoy doing so. The pattern of light leaves you mesmerized.
As these brilliant colors gently fade across the table, you find
once again, that elusive chance to gaze, unwind, and savor the moment.
This sofa table
made of solid cherry and a walnut burl veneer top has been accentuated
by 835 strands of .5 millimeter fiber optic filament. This size
filament is about twice the thickness of human hair. A total of
2500 feet of fiber was used.
strand is bundled together at a low voltage light source and filtered
by a color wheel that is "programmed" to provide a special
sparkle to the top of the table. The color wheel can be replaced
with other wheels that will allow countless variations of color.
I have found that a blue and white color wheel is very pleasing
to the eye. Another color wheel I have used, lights up only a fraction
of the fibers at any given moment giving the table a twinkling effect
reminiscent of the stars at night.
lighting device is controlled by a motion sensor which triggers
a three minute light show. A halogen light bulb is used that is
bright enough for daylight viewing. When the light is off, the fibers
assume the color of the burl top and are practically invisible.
and building the electronics, I set out to design a base that would
house the electronics and 5" color wheel. Though the table's
"apron" is only 4 inches high, I managed to get the electronics
assembly into body and still have room for the fibers to remain
untouched by the moving color wheel.
legs are the result of countless templates and mockups. The search
for a comfortable leg design was, perhaps, the most daunting task
of the project. Mortise and tenon joinery was used to attach the
a large quantity of small holes isn't easy. I used a Dremel tool
and its companion drill press (slightly modified). Click here
to see the picture.
The table is
finished with a tinted lacquer and rubbed with rottenstone to a
satin sheen. The hardware is similar in appearance to pewter and
is a perfect match for cherry.
Because of other
woodworking obligations, this table took me over a year to complete.
However, the actual labor involved with this project was about 120
hours from design to the completion.
a rough simulation of the light effects.
of the fibers
Close up of edge profile
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A smaller fiber optic table