|Project by KnickKnack||posted 09-21-2010 12:47 PM||3710 views||46 times favorited||27 comments|
This idea of a top “suspended” on splines (I guess they’re splines, but I’m not really sure what to call them) has been bobbing around in my mind for a while. Rather than be gung-ho and make the full scale table, I thought I’d try something small to see what it might look like, and what construction challenges I might face along the way – so I came up with this unnecessarily elaborate ash-tray.
It’s just a single piece of floorboard pine, cut into 3, with “box-joint” type slots cut opposite rather than alternate. I didn’t take enough care and they weren’t quite straight – thankfully my trusty mallet helped me out, as it often does. The splines are just plywood scraps – as you can see, there are lighter sections which I’d rather have avoided – but you never know what you’re going to find when you cut into the ply. If I do decide to make the table, I’d be more choosy about whether or not to use a given ply-bit.
Finished with varnish – I usually like to add some oil to the varnish, but this tends to richen-up the pine, and I was looking for as much light-dark contrast as possible.
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