|Project by Div||posted 02-27-2011 09:18 PM||2400 views||1 time favorited||26 comments|
About a year ago Nic first saw my Trapezoid table at a gallery in Cape Town which is 400km from where I live. Yes, I market far and wide! He was on vacation from the UK and wanted to buy the table but shipping costs was about the same as the cost of the table! The gallery was kind enough to give him my contact details and we explored the idea of a knockdown or flat pack version in an attempt to reduce the airfreight charges. Still way too expensive and the idea were shelved.
Maybe 2 months ago the client contacted me again. Friends of his were getting ready to move back to the UK from South Africa and they had space for the table. Could I please make one for him? I was amazed that he still had the table in his mind nearly a year later!
The original Trapezoid table had since been sold but I promised to make another. In order to reduce the volume we revived the flat pack idea and I built a knockdown version. The timber I used was a very light African mahogany with Purple Heart inlays.
Tomorrow I drive down to Mosselbay, the nearest town, to deliver the table to the couriers. They will take it through to Cape Town, where it will be loaded on a plane to Heathrow in the UK, from where it will travel to the client’s house. Then it is up to him to assemble the puzzle! (I did provide some written instructions, just look in the drawer.)
1. Knocked down, ready for packaging.
2. The leg assemblies.
3. The assembled table.
4. The original Trapeziod table.
5. Inlays on the top.
I am quite thrilled. This is the first furniture piece that I send out the country! Thanks for the order, Nic! As always, comments and critique are welcome. This journey is a wonderful never ending learning experience!
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."