|Project by JayG46||posted 10-28-2015 11:52 AM||1844 views||16 times favorited||20 comments|
This set had been rolling around in my head for about a year before I started building it. I knew I wanted to build a trestle table for our dining area and chairs that were simple and elegant.
I chose American black cherry and Jatoba, commonly known as Brazilian cherry. The table top is cherry along with the spindles on the chair and the rest is Jatoba.
I was inspired by Thomas Moser's Eastward chair but went with an even more elemental version of it. Just four components – The crest rail, spindles, seat and legs. No metal, not much glue (except for the bent laminated crest rail) but the wedged through tenons promise to make a strong chair that will be sat in for a very long time.
The trestle table had been the subject of many sketches but the latest issue of Fine Woodworking arrived just in time to give me a nudge in the right direction. The angles of Eben Blaney's trestles grabbed me and I knew I needed to incorporate that concept into my design.
Lastly, we had a dated old light fixture that we inherited from the previous owners of our house that we needed to replace. I had a few ideas for a ceiling-mounted light that incorporated some LED lights and aluminum accents. There were many iterations but in the end I went with this asymmetrical one incorporating some natural bark inclusions in a really pretty piece of cherry I had at the shop. The small LEDs add just the right amount of light and the fixture in general definitely punctuates the scene.
-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi