|Forum topic by natenaaron||posted 08-16-2013 11:53 PM||1364 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
08-16-2013 11:53 PM
The week of July 4th I sneak off to the little mill in Durango, where I tend to get myself into trouble, for a couple cherry boards to finish the demon coffee table. And I got myself in trouble. I came home with 60 BF of white oak for a rocking chair and a book matched pair of walnut slabs for a dining table. After my being sentenced to the dog house SWMBO listened to and agreed on my thoughts for the dining table. Slabs and steel. In my mind it was going to look awesome. Best thing was I already had the steel pipes I was going to use. Flash forward to last night. I finalized my design and ran it by the boss for approval.
She does not want a steel base. The demon coffee table is steel and wood and she thinks it is too heavy. I pointed out that is built strong enough for one person to survive a tornado under, and the rest of us could hide under the dining table. She didn’t appreciate the joke. She is afraid the steel will damage the tile floor, and area rug. Even after I pointed out how I was planning to put cork on the feet to protect the floor she nixed it.
Steel was going to be a much easier and cheaper base. I suppose I could re-purpose the oak but I bought it thinking about a rocking chair being cut out of it. None of the boards are really the same width which means I will be looking at a lot of waste. Design wise I just don’t know what to do. I’ve been searching dining tables in the projects area and while there many beautiful tables none of the bases are really turning my crank. Beautiful tops abound. Base design is pretty bland.
Can someone point me to a woodworker who you feel puts their table tops on classy bases? I am not a follower of any one style of furniture, so anything goes really, but I like color contrast. Just looking for inspiration.