|Project by Mark A. DeCou||posted 05-31-2011 09:43 PM||7122 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
I just finished this Natural Edged Nakashima Inspired Conoid style base side, coffee, or end table.
Dimensions: 38.5” long x 22” wide, by 18” tall.
This was a commissioned piece, if you would like something similar, start by visiting my Etsy store item
The extraordinary wood for the top is a 2” thick Maple Burl slab, with a Kansas black walnut modern contemporary Conoid Inspired base under it.
If you would like something similar, please email me:
This Nakashima Inspired Conoid style side table was built for a customer in the Washington D.C. area. He ordered a Sam Maloof Inspired Rocking chair from me last year, and added this Nakashima Inspired Conoid Table.
This is my first attempt at the Coniod Base, which I soon discovered wasn’t all that easy to master. I’ve wanted to try this table base ever since I first saw it pictured in Mr. Nakashima’s Book, and I was delighted to get the chance to try it. Since I make my living from my woodshop, I often have lots of ideas that I would like to try out, but don’t get the time while trying to pay bills. Once in awhile, my desires, and a customer’s request will line up, and shibang!
This Conoid base took me about half of a pad of scratch paper, an eraser, quite a bit of pencil lead, two scaled wooden models, and a full size prototype (all of which are headed to the burn pile) before I learned enough to build the base to the right proportion, angle, and with the three point stance perfect for the balance of the top, and leveled in two planes.
I added two walnut dovetail butterflies to the top to secure a long fault line in the burl board, and picked the size and location to best compliment the grain in the top. What I love most about Nakashima work is the use of unique, live edge boards, with all the flaws and bark inclusions, and knot holes, and those subtle butterfly dovetails. In other styles of furniture, we cut around the knots, and rip out the splits, and throw out the spalted sections, and the bug eaten edges are cut off. When I look for a log nowadays, I look for something with lots of bumps and limbs, and twists on the side of the tree, as those “flaws” seem to yield the most unusual pieces of wood. Those “flaws” are sometimes a real pain to work with, so I can understand why furniture factories stay away from such wood.
In my opinion, the genius of the Nakashima work was/is the combination of natural live edges on a base that has an architectural feel to it. It’s like bringing together two cultures that don’t fit, but are bonded together through an arranged marriage. You can’t get that “feel” with log feet on a table like this.
thanks for reading,
(note: all photos, text, and project design is protected by copyright 2011 by the Author, M.A. DeCou, all rights reserved, no use in whole, or part without expressed written permission.)
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com