|Project by Ben||posted 10-23-2010 08:03 PM||2053 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
This table began while looking for lumber for another project. I came across a stunning piece of 8/4 curly cherry that I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with, but was sure that it could make a great piece of furniture. I spent several months mulling my options and came up with this.
I cut most of the cherry into veneer and and laid it on the top. The core is two sheets of 3/4 plywood, and both sides were veneered (the bottom has cheaper non-curly cherry). We recently expanded to a family of 5, so I wanted to maximize our seating arrangements around this table so that 5 could eat comfortably around it. We stuck with 4 legs, but pulled them in closer to function a little more like a pedestal base. As you can see, it has a leaf (or more accurately, will someday have a leaf). As I was working the final fit I realized that the leaf was far from flat, and just needed to be re-built. I needed to get this project done and didn’t have time to fix it, so that will come at some later date.
I finished it with General Finishes Enduro Varnish, which is a water based finish that cures like an oil. It went on real nice and so far looks like a good finish. Of course, only time will tell.
Photography, patience and design support are thanks to my lovely wife.