Zen series Wood and Steel table

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Project by donaldmee posted 08-17-2010 03:37 PM 2300 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The “Zen” series of tables I have been doing are inspired by Asian designs shapes that interest me i love selecting wood that has “flaws” and not eliminate but rather show off the flaw. Again I am using live edge black walnut that is 8 quarter thick the base is forged and fabricated steel. This piece has a painted surface to make the triangle elements and the base to resemble bronze or brass I don’t normally use faux finishes but thought it was appropriate on this piece.

-- donald mee

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#1 posted 08-17-2010 04:28 PM

This is beautiful… perfectly fits my aesthetic, I love it. I agree with you – the faux finish on the triangles adds a LOT to this. Very charming. I love how you treated the character in the walnut. I love seeing furniture items that respect the imperfections in wood.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 08-17-2010 04:45 PM

Very nice! I really like Asian design influences. I’d love to be able to incorporate metal into my woodworking. Can you talk a bit about your skills in this area? How hard it is to get set up to do metal (basic skills and costs).

Beautiful piece of wood, too. I’m always attracted to these pieces (big chunks with flaws), but intimidated because I”m afraid either the design or execution of the piece will ruin the chunk.

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#3 posted 08-17-2010 04:49 PM

Love it! Very well done.

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#4 posted 08-17-2010 05:07 PM

It seems to me that you incorporated the gentle curves from the piece of walnut into the curves of the metal base. It is a fantastic piece. It is something that should be viewed rather than used.

Excellent work.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#5 posted 08-17-2010 05:45 PM

Beautiful work. I dig the live edge and voids. Really nice design too.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#6 posted 08-17-2010 06:49 PM

Great work, using the knots is a great way to show the beauty of the wood!

A wise man on here told me, too many people when building projects want the perfect piece of wood. He said, “instead of cutting the knots out incorporate them into the project.” Use epoxies if you have to fill them but use them to highlight you work. Nice job! Table is great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 08-17-2010 07:17 PM

wonderfull base and i allways love walnut!

-- gagewestern

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#8 posted 08-17-2010 08:07 PM

Yeah,man! I like it!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#9 posted 08-18-2010 06:07 AM

excellent piece!

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#10 posted 08-18-2010 05:51 PM

Sweet such a great flowing design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 08-20-2010 09:58 PM

Stunning piece!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#12 posted 08-22-2010 09:32 PM

Do you design and forge your metal bases?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#13 posted 08-22-2010 11:43 PM

Yes I do every aspect of the design forging fabrication from start to finish slabs of live edge wood work well with my designs and I love the natural beauty of the wood.

-- donald mee

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