|Project by savannah505||posted 05-25-2009 06:16 AM||2506 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
This is a table I made from Brazilian cherry also known as jotoba wood, ( think I spelled that right) with a vineyard green granite top from India. Finished in ongoing coats of polyurethane I spray on, up to 10 right now, will do another 5 at least. Took bending and forming 7 legs to get 4 that matched, three came out of the mold and wouldn’t stay the shape I wanted them to. This is a cold bent lamination process using weldwood plastic resin glue. The wood has a rosewood look to it, I really love the look, but is a very dense and can be a difficult wood to work with, as everyone tells me it eats up blades. The stone is vineyard green granite from India, incredibly expensive, at $80.00 a sq. ft. when buying it in slab form which averages 70”X120” at an average of 60 sq. ft. a slab, so do the math and each slab is almost $5,000. This top alone at just over16X30 cost me $200 for the stone alone and then I had to do the edgework, this granite is one of the most difficult I’ve ever worked with, hard with some soft spots in it, makes grinding and polishing very hard to do. While grinding with a stone, it wants to fall into the soft spots and create ripples, took all the talent I had to keep it straight. It is all worth it though, the stone is beautiful, and incredibly irridescent, like womans shimmery eyeshadow is the best way I can describe it. I cut my own veneer to wrap the apron under the top edgework of the wood, and glued all end grain to the side top ogee piece to keep the grain running correctly in relation to the front edge. A challenge to make but I love the look. This piece is for sale if anyone is interested.
-- Dan Wiggins