Monday, January 11, 2016

a custom oval walnut table

a client sent us this image of an antique italian table they lived with for a while ... they wondered if we could create a larger one with a 'true eliptical shape' ... they also sent the image below of a couple pedestals they liked.
so we blended the inspirations together and came up with the drawing below ... we sent them a full size cardboard template of the top for them to place in their room ...

for a minute, we explored 'altering' the true oval shape to create more 'room' at the ends, but i strongly recommended against it. we did one a few years back with a leaf.  ...
i must say, i feel it's more pleasing as a fixed oval shape.
you can see some of our other oval tables at this link
you can put 12 good friends around it, or seat 10 gracefully.
we glued up the top and cut the aprons and beads on the cnc ...
the top and aprons assembled, with 1" white oak stiffeners ... we filled in the space between
the stiffeners where the columns attached too, but i missed that photo
on to the turned columns ... we glued up two of these blanks, which weighed about 
70 pounds apiece before they were turned ... about 30 pounds each after

they were too big for our lathe, so we had our friend hannes michelsen, the original wood hat guy,
turn them ... he's about 20 minutes down the road, and we've been friends since the 70s.
 he is also selling his line of very nice turning tools and grinding jigs at his website hannes tools
trevor 'turned' the discs on the cnc and added the ply top that will be screwed
 to the stiffeners in the photo above.
altogether now
waiting for approval on the finish samples ... 
hope to finish up this week ... i'll be back then ...