The Octotrisquaragon-Another Geometric Project

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Way back when (I think it was in December), I was searching for “geometric tables” on Pinterest, just out of curiosity. I’m such a math nerd. I like to try to figure out how they make all the weird angles. Hey, it passes the time…

So while I was searching, I came across this weird looking table/cube thingy. NOTE: People get their panties in a wad when you “steal” their pictures, so I am not even going to go there and copy and paste the original picture from Pinterest to show you all. But here is my finished product, and it looks exactly like the original, only a different stain color. Of course, you can search “geometric table” on Pinterest and find the original idea.
So what do you think? Yay or nay? I’m a fan of the geo stuff. I can’t help it. I want to be a single “style” and stick with the country/rustic thing, but I have a soft spot for modern/geo shapes.

Okay, so I’m going to attempt to tell you how I did this, but be forewarned. I made A LOT of mistakes. Well, I made two mistakes. The word “a lot” is relative. I have saved you the trouble of finding the angles. They are weird. Don’t ask how I got them, just trust me. They’re right. I can show you my doodle papers if needed :)

Let’s get started. The following directions will give you a table that is about 17″ tall.

I glued some 1x4s and 1x6s together and set up the table saw to cut the glued boards into 12x12 inch pieces with 35.2 degree bevels on each side. You can see details on how I did this at the blog post below.
Once the squares are cut, assemble the pieces using a nail gun and some 2x4s as supports. The picture below shows more details.
Next, you will need to cut triangles for the openings between the squares. These triangles need sides to be 12" and angles to be 60 degrees with a bevel of 19.6 degrees. You can see details on how to get these pieces cut on the blog post below.
Once your triangles are made, simply fit them into the sections between the squares and nail them on.
Once this was finished, I stained it in Minwax Weathered Oak.
I LOVE this little table. I am not sure where I want to put it permanently so I keep moving it around.
So what do you think? Yay or nay? Mom thinks it's a little too "out there," but I have to admit, I am a fan of the geometric stuff. I can't help it. It's the math nerd in me :)
You can see more details of the build at the link below.
Woodshop Diaries
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Kim Dagenais Kim Dagenais on Feb 04, 2016
    Beautiful Table. I love it. Was it super hard to make?

  • Liora Harris Liora Harris on Feb 05, 2016
    Next 1 u make try adding hinjes to 1 of the triangls on top & ull b able 2 use it 4 storeg aswell...

  • Debbie McInturff Debbie McInturff on Feb 05, 2016
    Make me 2, please! Debbie It is gorgeous!

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  • Tommy Tommy on Mar 18, 2021

    Really liked the look, it was different, may try this myself and I'm an old guy. Keep building and use what God has given you to share.

  • Jenny Jenny on Jul 26, 2021

    Definitely yay😊