|Project by jetnum||posted 10-31-2011 12:15 AM||2099 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
Here you can see the urban (i.e., salvaged from the city chipper) cherry slab coffee table I just completed. The sofa in the background is the previous project I completed before this one. The cherry slab is heavy enough to stay in place on the frame (shown in the fourth photograph) using just gravity—it is not pinned or tied down in anyway. The cherry legs are mortised all the way through and they too are not fixed in place in any way but can actually slide on the solid aluminum cross-bar. Here again the weight of the top keeps everything solidly in place. Mortising all the way through the thick cherry stock using hand chisels was a challenge. But that challenge was nothing like the challenge of working with the solid aluminum bar. Working with the aluminum was very time consuming, but I’m satisfied with the nice contrast between the silvery metal and the rich dark color of the cherry.
-- “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther King Jr.