|Project by KnickKnack||posted 02-17-2016 04:15 PM||1117 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
Well – I guess this is my version of a suspended table!
This has been on the list for a long time – it’s destined for an apartment in Lisbon which, unlike our “Country House” has flat walls, flat floors, 90° angles everywhere, spotlighting, and, is all very much “just so” – hence the somewhat more “modernist” design here.
I was trying to strip away all forms of frippery and “showing off” and hone the thing down to the bare essentials. The idea of the “C” shaped sides came from a small sketch from a long time ago which came with the note “hangman”. It’s also something I worked on a little with my last project – “TwoU”.
Of course, that was the easy part – I spent days trying to work out how to join the top to the sides, with suspension – a single 90° join is easy – here I went with box joints, but then to get to the other axis was the challenge. Once you see the answer you wonder why it just wasn’t obvious from minute one – as it seems is often the case.
Just as I was starting it suddenly occurred to me that it wasn’t going to fit into the car for transport, so I had to make it “dismantle-able” with bolts – not something I like doing, but, aside from a hiring van to transport it, there was no choice.
Of course, I couldn’t resist some bits of frippery – grain highlighting for the top, slightly protruding rounded dowel joints (none of which were structurally necessary anyway), and, of course, the talon feet (which, I confess, I rather like)!
I’ve decided I don’t really like working on big things very much – they’re hard to move around, my shop is small and all I have is a workmate so things tend to be a little unstable, and, while it’s being finished, there’s no room to start on the next thing! But, I have also found that, once in a while, there are benefits to doing something you’re supposed to do.
Fumed oak, jatobá, ash, beech dowels.
Finished with linseed oil except the top, which is danish oil.
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