|Project by Russel||posted 11-29-2009 05:41 PM||1964 views||4 times favorited||27 comments|
Oak is often associated with Arts and Crafts style furniture; its bold and confident and suits the style well. I like oak, and where I’m at, it’s pretty easy to come by. However, given my choice I would prefer something other than Arts and Crafts.
I tend to like things a little more open and light-weight. This table is an attempt to allow the oak to show off it’s beautiful grain while making it a little less imposing. Other than the Walnut wrapped around the top, the table is solid oak. While it may not look particularly heavy … Oak ain’t light.
Things did not turn out exactly as I had envisioned them, but I think had they gone that way I might not like what I got. Initially, I was thinking of something narrower, shallower and taller. But as I was cutting, certain dimensions made themselves requirements.
In order to have shelves that were not overly narrow, and still maintain the 10 degree slant of the legs, the base needed to be wider. Following from that, the interior “cage” could not be too much taller than it is without putting the whole piece out of proportion.
I had originally thought to make the top extend a bit more beyond the legs, but again, the proportions did not feel quite right. So what you see is what I ended up with.
The table stands about 27 inches tall and is 20 inches deep and has a foot print 34 inches wide. Again, it’s solid oak with the top wrapped in walnut. The finish is shellac as a seal coat and then about 4 coats of wipe-on poly.
The real trick now is where to put it.
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