Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Maple Leaf Table

6/12/10 Home stretch now ... A couple of polish coats and it's out the door next week ... Tough one to photograph ... 42 x 90 is too big for my background paper ....
The maple leaf table ....
Every design comes from somewhere ... In this case, take an interesting leg with carvings. Simplify the design of the turnings, add a Vermont maple leaf and get rid of the edge inlay .... Change the wood to curly maple and get rid of the black .... presto ... new design ... We really liking this one, and Will did a great job handling the turnings, carvings, and, really, the whole thing ... Love it ... Click the pictures to enlarge them ....
We started with this concept of a table leg with some kind of detail on the corners ... We discussed a leaf as a metal applique since, at the time, we were working on the duck bed ... In the end, we decided on a carved maple leaf ....
The clients chose this leg design, one of our standards, and we added some detail to the apron, but eliminated the black paint and changed the wood to all curly maple ...
Went out the door and grabbed some maple leaves to get the feeling of the carvings right ...
We glued up the top next and made up the apron parts. Here Will is doing some after work banjo finishing ... more on that project later ... banjo #2 ...
Fitted it all up and laid out the corner cuts on the top ...
The first coat of stain was applied to the legs and aprons and sanded before the base was glued up ...
The curved corner legs complicate the base glue up somewhat, but it all went smoothly ...I hope to deliver the table before the weekend and have dinner on it with my friends/clients Saturday night .... The first coat of finish went on everything today, but we've got a couple coats to go ..... We'll see ... it'll be close.