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Project by Byron posted 11-19-2011 11:10 PM 2794 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

White Oak and Mahogany with Minwax Antique Oil Finish

“Demilune” uses compound angled floating tenon joints, tapered bent laminations, veneering, and hand cut joints with hidden room for expansion/contraction.

With this piece I decided to focus on taking a very traditional French/Italian furniture form and modernize it in an expressive way. Utilizing the curves of the legs I drew the viewer’s eye away from the top as well as broke the plane of the table top. Keeping in mind my constant source of inspiration, the ocean, I used the curve in the legs along different planes to create two converging curves. These curves are abstractions of a wave and can be seen prominently in the first and third images

This work was made during my first year in the major studio during my studies of Woodworking/Furniture design at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Using every work I make as a learning experience I try to challenge myself. The Demilune challenged my ability to think in multiple dimensions compounded with curves rotated out of square. This pushed my capabilities as a designer and maker.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my work,

Byron Conn

-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology,

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 11:17 PM


-- scott

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 11:21 PM

A realy lovely piece byron, it has a graceful line to it, well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 11-20-2011 02:12 AM

Lovely piece of fine furniture.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 11-20-2011 05:11 AM

Very elegant and eye catching table Byron !

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 11-20-2011 07:04 AM

Hi Byron Elegant and different I like it. A question why the two different wood types. I have noticed this on many of the projets on this forum. I pose this question to you as you are studing furniture design and is this a new trend. Keep up the good work Regards Roger in Pretoria

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#6 posted 11-20-2011 07:21 AM

First off Id like to thank everyone for your positive feed back, it is very much appreciated.


The reason I went against my purist view of not mixing woods I wanted to experiment with the combination. I had been wanting to try this with White Oak and Mahogany especially. My two previous projects were solely Mahogany, one is still unfinished, and I am a big advocate of using only one wood. Combining woods is a tricky business to get into and unfortunately is greatly over used in my opinion. Was I successful with the combination in “Demilune”? I don’t know.

My inspiration of classical French and Italian forms were a large part of this decision. The Demilune is typically a highly decorated object with many inlays and highlighting details. I love Baroque and Rococo style furniture and Highly decorative elements. My goal was to take a part of this and simplify it down into an elegant form. I wanted the focal point to be the aprons, not the top.

The main concept behind my aprons were to angle them downward, in essence rotating the curve about 20 degrees at the center point of each apron. This created a compound angled joint, but besides the point I wanted this to be the focus not the top of the table. There is also some slight figure in the back of the table top where it would sit against the wall, I also included some sap wood here as well.

Here is one of my main sources of inspiration for this project created by Richard Newman, he is also a much admired maker, I was fortunate to have him as an intern professor this quarter. In my opinion he is one of the greatest woodworkers to live and has an insane amount of knowledge.

More of his work can be found in the archives on the Pritam & Eames website

-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology,

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#7 posted 11-20-2011 08:54 AM

This table is really great… keep on pushing you limits you are very talented


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#8 posted 11-20-2011 12:32 PM

Love it!! Really nice piece and the design is wonderful.


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#9 posted 11-20-2011 12:45 PM

You play with wood like Michaelangelo played with marble.
Elegant, simple, and effortless effect.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 11-20-2011 05:57 PM

That is quite simply amazing. I think you pulled it off nicely, the apron is most deffenatily the main focal point. The lines deffenately pull the eye right to it. Awesome work.

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#11 posted 11-20-2011 08:09 PM

Impressive and all-together inspiring! It has elements that remind me of animals which have a larger upper body and those thin legs, especially horses and spiders. The effect gives it a breath of life. I will definitely tag this table as one of my favorites. Great job. Oh and those joints are so masterful. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#12 posted 11-20-2011 08:11 PM

Whoa! Nice piece! I love the wood choice and I love how the leg tops are proud.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#13 posted 11-20-2011 11:48 PM

Graceful lines,Lovely,elegant and eye catching,wonderful,simply amazing,Impressive and all-together inspiring. even when steeling others words and thoughts there’s not enough good to be said about this outstanding design and artful work of art.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 12-15-2011 11:26 PM

love it simple clatrity of form and dynamic


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#15 posted 06-05-2012 09:19 PM

A very nice design

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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