So after missing out on the last challenge, I made myself get this one done before time ran out. Let me first start by showing my influence.
This shows the column and cap design that I like that we are using for bridges around the Houston area. I work for Texas Dept. of Transportation, so I thought that doing a table inspired by not one single location, but by all the bridges that I have been around for the past couple years.
This second one shows the beams between two bent caps.
So here it is, it is designed to have two columns for each end, with an “inverted tee cap” in which the beams supporting the top sit on.
Here is the underside of the table. There are four beams that support the top. The beams would be glued to the top so that they would move with the expansion/contraction of the top board. Then, they would only be pinned along one beam length to keep the top from shifting around. This is the same type of method that is used when building the bridges.
Finally, the columns are flared on the side to double in width from the bottom to the top. The raised star is a pattern that I like, since it is simple, but yet signifies a lot for the state. The columns would be mounted on a single board to keep them from moving around on the floor.
This is a project that I am considering making in the next few years to serve as a desk, rather than a dining table. If I get into the main office and have a permanent office (not cubicle), then I think this would make a great conversation piece for office visitors.
-- Rick - Spring, TX