Step 8: Finish Line

    Hopefully, you're refreshed from the previous steps, because the final product involves some sanding as well as painting. First things first, if you want to remove the base form the tooling, use the mallet and gently tap arms out. To do this gently, tap the arms out .25 in sequentially around base until loose.

With the rough-grit sandpaper:

1) Round the edges off of the on the top and bottom of the base Picture 2, 3  This helps ensure that any high-point on the arms is now flush to the table.
2) Sand flush any glue that could have run down the legs and dried.
3)  Also sand all of the exposed wood roughly.

With the fine-grit sandpaper

1)  Mark every side lightly with a pencil. Picture 4
2) Sand the marks of the pencil away. This will help you to know all of the surface is has the proper amount of sanding done on each side.

Now that the base is smooth, vacuum or blow off the base to remove any wood dust.Apply any finishing touches to the base. In the pictures, I used satin-black paint for my base.

As the last step apply the top of your choice, if the top is glass or some other slick surface Bumpons from 3M or something similar, will hold the top in it's place.

That's it, your done, enjoy your unique spiral in your house. I used pine and no notches and the table was still strong enough. This way the design can be built successfully if you want to skip the carving and/or use lower quality wood. These decisions depend on how high-quality one wants to go in building the table

*If anyone want's a custom size of table, I would be happy to modify the working drawings and send them. Also, included are the CATIA model of the whole assembly as well as STL and STP files for importing in other 3d programs.
Can you safely put any weight on this table?
Yes, each leg gets its strengthened from the rest of the group. It would be significantly weaker if one or more of the legs was missing. Earlier, I tested the strengths of the glued joints, The pine failed at ~90 ft-lbs of torque (45 lbf @ 2 ft from the joint). If you were to use a Hardwood ,the failure stress should be at least 5 times that of pine. <br><br>I also stacked 75 lb on the stand, and it held fine. As for any more weight than that, it would probably depend on your choice of wood. I didn't design the table to be a stool anyways.<br><br>Hopefully this answer is satisfactory on how much weight you can put on the table.
Nice instructable! I'd LOVE to try this soon!
Great! I would LOVE to hear how it goes.

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Bio: An Aerospace Student. Have had many hours using 3d modeling software professionally CATIA, as well as reverse-engineering software experience (polyworks), and 3D laser-scanning.
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