|Project by Paul||posted 05-20-2007 02:51 AM||2505 views||3 times favorited||19 comments|
I had a couple of goals for my table entry.
1. I wanted to use reclaimed oak and left overs from previous projects. I did (see blog)thus, red oak and walnut.
2. Although I’m a big fan of how “substantial” mission/arts & crafts furniture (see my other projects), I wanted to experiment and try to make my Greene Thorsen table feel “lighter.”
So, I made the top out of 1/2’ stock with 3/4” breadboards. I downsized the legs to 1” sqare sticks. I also added a reverse cloud lift on the tops of the aprons. I then attached the top to the table with four small walnut dowels – leaving a gap and elevating the top 1/4”. My goal was to give the impression of a floating top.
I went with walnut appliques that are downsized imitations of the cut outs. On one, I imitated the negative space. On the other. the positive space. I did this on purpose but I probably should have been consistent. But further, I think the full size cut-outs would have been a better choice and would have helped it feel lighter. Or perhaps the aprons needed to be downsized in width as well. If feels a bit top heavy to me.
When I downsized the leg t & w, I didn’t change the mortise and tenon joinery. Dowels or bisquits would have been a better choice. There wasn’t much left to glue the tenons into.
I finished the piece with Minwax Golden Pecan Oil Stain and three coats of brushed Deft laquer. I need to rub out the finish some more, but here it is – my entry.
-- Paul, Texas