|Project by brentmore||posted 08-14-2013 11:46 PM||1634 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
As some of you may remember, my wife and I visited Japan earlier this year (http://lumberjocks.com/brentmore/blog/35076). One of the best parts of the visit was learning about the Japanese style of woodworking and furniture design. During a visit to one of Tokyo’s amazing department stores, Takashimaya, we saw a beautiful dining room table built in the style of famous woodworker George Nakashima. This table, called the Frenchman’s Cove, has been on my to-do list ever since and I finally completed it this week. I used cypress wood in the construction of the table, which is popular with Japanese lumberjocks. Working only from a picture, I drew up measurements and went to work. This table was a great exercise in joinery techniques since I used edge joints for the table top, mortises and tenons for the stretchers, and bridle joints for the legs and feet. There are no mechanical fasteners for the table except to secure the table top to the stretchers – something I’m very proud of.
I also learned a very important lesson on table saw safety. If it feels uncomfortable, then it’s probably unsafe. Fortunately, I only lost a fingernail instead of two fingertips.
For build photos, check out the project page: http://www.brentmorelabs.com/?p=1507
-- Brent, http://www.brentmorelabs.com