|Project by Jim||posted 01-31-2011 09:54 PM||3709 views||18 times favorited||11 comments|
This table is an interesting design in that the top doesn’t appear to be attached to the rest of the table. It seems to float about 1” above … hence the name Floating Top Hall Table.
The top is made from the most amazing piece of Walnut. The grain shows waves that appear almost 3D. Everyone who sees it has to touch it .. that may be a bad thing :-) The rest of the table is Curly Maple. This was my first experience with Curly Maple so I came to really appreciate the importance of having my tools razor sharp. If they are even the slightest bit dull, you will get nasty tear out because regardless what direction you’re always cutting against the grain.
The table is finished with Danish Oil Natural so the colour you see if the actual wood colour. The grain was more pronounced than I had originally thought so I’m not sure how I feel about it. If I were to do it again, I think I would use regular maple instead. I’m thinking it’s too much grain but my wife loves the look, and that’s what counts because I made it for her.
For the last step I was looking through catalogs trying to find a Walnut knob. I was having no luck and really didn’t want to go with Maple. I wanted the contrast between the two woods. Everything else on the desk including drawer runners is hand made … so I had some scrap walnut and a small lathe. I tried my hand at turning my own knob on the lathe. I was very pleased with the result.
I should add in the photos, it looks like the drawer gap on either side isn’t equal. It actually is, the side lighting is causing that effect.
-- Jim in Langley BC Canada --- www.sollows.ca