|Project by Lavellewoodworking||posted 04-05-2016 11:52 AM||1171 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
Here is what I like to call Fine Rustic furniture, where the table top is rustic but the style and the base are more elegant. This table came about after my wife and I moved into our new house a couple of years ago. We had a dining room but not a table big enough for the space. We couldn’t find what we were looking for in the big furniture stores so I decided, with my wife’s blessing, to build a table to the style we wanted. In this case something that had some live edges, including parts of the live edge on the surface of the table top. The top was simple in itself, cutting straight edges and gluing it up. My wife insisted on having the live edge from the outside boards remain on both edges of each board, so when they were attached the live edge could be seen and is separated from parts of the table top. The base I design so it could be taken apart if we ever needed to move again. This led to a design where, if we changed our taste down the road, we could change the style of the legs and attach those to the stretchers and change the look of the table. It is maybe a 45 minute job to remove the legs but it is a nice option to have. Plus the hidden connectors I used are strong enough to hold the joints together and not be under stress from the weight of the table top. On the top trestle part there was a natural edge on one end that I used as a guide and carried that shape into the leg. I ended up adding the same detail on the opposite end of the board and carried the shape down the opposite leg as well. The entire table was finished with four coats of a custom oil blend and the table top was rubbed down with 2000 grit sandpaper after the final coat of finish. This smoothed out any rough spots and made the table top extremely soft to the touch. The overall dimensions are 108” long x 40” wide and 30” tall. The table is big enough to seat 8 people comfortably or 12 if needed.
-- Zach, Lavelle Woodworking Studio, Fargo, ND www.lavellewoodworkingstudio.com