|Project by GJK||posted 02-25-2016 12:48 AM||1354 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
I wanted to channel George Nakashima to understand better why he chose the pieces of wood, specifically redwood slab, to make into magnificent furniture that would enable the soul of the tree to live a second life as a work of art. He deliberately chose boards with knots, burrs, and figured grain. I searched and found a rescued stump of a 1,000 year old sequoia yielding a live edge slab (see, photos #3 and #4) to become my next desk—like an epitome by Nakashima (see, photo #5). And I chose a black walnut base in the same shape (see, photo #3) as one used by Nakashima, but prepared, in part, for me by a Minneapolis-based furniture maker who had skills and equipment that I lacked. I planed the flat surfaces (top and bottom) with Lie-Nielsen 4 1/2 smoother and then sanded the surfaces in stages to 80, 120, 220, and 400 grit – later to 600, 1200 and 2000 in intermediate stages between four coats of “Bush oil” and seven coats of Epifanes clear high gloss varnish for the desk to allow the alternating earlywood and latewood to electrically shine (see, photo 6). I chose a more conservative satin sheen for the walnut base (see, photo 1).
The base and desk are mortise & tenon joined using (1st time for me) Festool’s 500 and 700 domino joiners with beechwood domino tenons (see, photos #1 and #2).
To enjoy the video with its musical soundtrack, I suggest watching and listening on a big screen monitor with good speakers—not a smart phone:
-- Gary, Washington, DC