|Project by DonnBialik||posted 03-15-2011 04:11 AM||1638 views||5 times favorited||2 comments|
I made this hall table out of one single piece of 16/4 air dried walnut I got from a friend in Michigan. The piece was approx 4” x 14” x 30”. I was sitting and starring at this massive hunk of walnut trying to figure out what to make with it and it dawned on me that it would be a fun challenge to try to make a whole table out of it. So I resawed 4/4 of the face of the hunk of wood for the top, cut out the four legs from the riftsawn material on the sides, and made the rest of it from the big chunk of flatsawn material that was left.
Now, my wife saw a piece of zebrawood sitting around and walks over to me and says, “Hey, why don’t you use this for the drawer front?” She liked the idea of the drawer front being wide than the adjacent aprons, so I had to change up my construction method a bit. I was going to use dual tenons on the bottom stretcher, but switched to a webframe.
I pillowed the top and made it VERY thin. Because I was trying to minimize the effect of the top stretcher. If I made this again, I’d use webframes top and bottom so the drawer front covered them.
So the original drawer front was switched from walnut to zebrawood and I realized I forgot about material for a drawer bottom. So I used some spalted walnut. Which my wife proceeded to yell at me for doing because I “shouldn’t waste such beautiful wood on the inside of a drawer.”
I like giving the user a surprise like that. Make me want to look in the drawer sometimes for no reason.
So it was a fun project and making a piece of furniture out of one hunk of wood sure solves the color matching issues I often have with walnut.
The end result almost reminds me of a table on its tip toes, or at least standing tall.