|Project by Mark A. DeCou||posted 12-03-2007 09:20 PM||12879 views||13 times favorited||32 comments|
This piece is “not for sale”, but I could build you something similar, but it will be a good sized investment.
The wood is Quartersawn White Oak, the stain is Minwax Provincial, the finish is Deft Satin Lacquer.
Dimensions? That’s my secret.
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
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I hadn’t completed any “Arts & Crafts” style work for quite some time, so it seemed like a good time to finish up this table. I started it a couple of years ago, working in my spare time, while waiting for glue to dry, or finish to cure out, or other breaks in my commissioned work.
I had one greatly figured piece of Quartersawn White Oak with a flame burl that ran about 40” in length left over after building my Refined Rustic China Hutch.
I realized when I discovered that one board in the pile, that I could do something special with it. So, I saved it for myself (sssh!), and decided to design a table around using that one wonderful board. I dug through about 3,000 bdft of wood looking for the mates to it, but someone else must have gotten them. I even went back again to search, but no luck. Ok, just make do with one board somehow. “I’ll come up with some idea at some point,” I told myself.
Then, one day, the table top idea hit me. Ok, now to develop a table to fit it. Hmmm? Not long enough for a sofa table, to narrow for a coffee table. Ok, an entry table will work. To use the figured wood, I resawed the board, bookmatched the grain, and made a table top. Believe, my bad photos from a cheap digital camera don’t do it justice for sure. Only God could make a board as pretty as that.
This table sat in my shop for about 12 months in pieces. I was stuck. Sure, I had a great board for the top, and the basic shape and the joinery all finished, but it just wasn’t something special. It was too much like other tables I have seen in books. So, I put the pieces up in the attic, until I had an inspiration.
As the months passed, I worked on other projects for customers, and just kept sketching ideas for this table every once in awhile. Still, nothing would pop out.
Then, this past Fall, Bari Garst, a local Interior Designer asked me to build a walnut bookshelf with carved oak leaves across the top, similar to what she had seen in my brochure of other Arts & Crafts work I have built.
I have carved quite a few leaves, but never in a fashion where the leaf edges formed the visual edge of the board. I’ve always carved them in the framework of a panel, in a raised relief styling.
Since Ms. Garst needed a sample carving board to show her clients, I tried this new concept to me in the carving sample, and mailed it off, and waited.
I liked the idea of the “positive vs. negative” space that the leaves give the eye when hanging off the board. Carving the leaves so that about an inch of the leaf edge hung over the edge of the board, made it a little more difficult, but that concept was something I really liked. Maybe something original?
The client liked the carving, but actually decided not to put my work in the basement spare bedroom to hold old Romance novels, and so the Walnut Bookcase project died. I am told it will be resurrected, but it in a bigger form, by converting the carving idea into larger Dining Room glass front cabinet for storing a large collection of table settings, sometime after the first of the year. I’ll give more details in my blog someday as that project takes bloom.
So, a few weeks ago, I dug out the parts for this little Entry Table from the shop attic, and started putting it together, with the idea of adding the carved leaves on the ends, and across the front.
the carved leaves are each a set of 3 leaves grouped together, and attached to the furniture structure by small tenons. I just cut the tenons out first, then cut out the shape of the leaves on the bandsaw, and then used a router and dremel set, and whittling tools to finish up the leaf clusters. The Leaves on the front of the cabinet also act like gussets, adding structural strength. All of the project construction is by mortise and tenon.
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If you like carved and ornamented Artisan-Built Arts & Crafts work, here are some other projects I have posted:
- Sectioned Entertainment Center
- Orchid Stand/Wine Storage
- End Tables
- Coffee Table
- Table Lamps
- Prairie Couch
- Morris Chairs & Ottomans
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Want to See More of my Furniture Work?:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you will find that I have not updated my website in quite some time. I realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are some more Lumberjocks related lilnks with updated postings of my furniture work, sorted into categories. Thanks for your interest in my work, and your patience with my website.
- Arts & Crafts Entry Table; with Carved Oak Leaves
- Arts & Crafts Orchid Stand w/ Wine Bottle Storage
- Arts & Crafts Style Morris Inspired Chairs
- Arts & Crafts Display Top Coffee Table
- Arts & Crafts Style Inspired End Table Set
- Arts & Crafts Style Inspired Prairie Couch
- Table Lamps
- Arts & Crafts Carved Entertainment Center
- Mission Entertainment Center
- Carved Communion Table
- Carved Roll Top Sound Equipment Cabinet
- Fancy Chuch Altars
- Processional Cross
- Fancy Speaker's Lectern
- Church Hymn Number Board
- Communion Chalice (Cup) and Paten
- Sam Maloof Inspired Walnut Rocker
- Original Art Carved Tilt Front Desk, inspired by Birger Sandzen
- Natural Edge; Nakashima Inspired Coffee Table
- Decoratively Painted Box End Tables
- Birch China Cabinet for Cut Glass Collection
- Naughty (Knotty) Refined Rustic White Oak & Black Walnut China Hutch
- A Kansa Indian and Buffalo Accent Art-Chair
- Refined Rustic Dining Chairs
- Refined Rustic Dining Table
- Cowboy-Western Style Suitcase/Luggage Support Racks
- Fun With Cedar Logs #1; Sitting Stool
- Fun With Cedar Logs #2; Coat/Hat/Spur Rack
- Fun With Cedar Logs #3; Western Style Hat/Coat Rack
- Fun With Cedar Logs #4; Entryway Stool
- Kennebunkport Style Adirondack Chair
- Outdoor Garden Wedding Arbor
- Outdoor Project: Cedar Wood Double Settee
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Still Want to See more of my work?
Start with each of these links, and they will take you to other organized lists of my other niche products:
(Note: this writing, photos, and project design is protected by copyright by M.A. DeCou 12-3-2007 & 12-31-2007. Go dream up your own ideas.) – sorry, I’m getting frustrated, there’s just too many Chinese and North Carolina hits on my website, makes me nervous.
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com